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Bombardier awarded Dresden LRV contract

Tram and Light Rail News
The contract also includes 24 years’ maintenance. The base contract is worth €197m, and includes an option for 10 additional vehicles and eight more years’ maintenance.

Outside of Atlanta, Gwinnett County eyeing MARTA – again

USA
Gwinnett County is a large (436 square mile) suburban/exurban county included in the metropolitan Atlanta area, northeast of the city center.  Proponents and opponents of extending the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) into the county have debated the issue for years.

Vision for Upfield Corridor presented at Town Hall meeting

Victorian Rail News
There was standing room only at the Town Hall Meeting organised by the Upfield Corridor Coalition to ask questions and discuss the Upfield Corridor Coalition’s Vision Statement for what the local community wants to see out of the level crossing removals in Moreland.

So, What Do Rail Shippers Really Want?

USA
These pieces generally recycle the same tired old arguments—that rail customers want “re-regulation” (a favorite canard dreamed up by the Association of American Railroads in the 1980s about legislative initiatives that have no applicability to today’s debate).

SEPTA General Manager resigning at end of 2019

USA
The Philadelphia Inquirer is reporting that Jeff Knueppel, the general manager of SEPTA, is choosing not to renew his contract, and will be leaving at the end of 2019.

FRA Announces More Than $272MM in Grants for Rail Projects

USA
The SOGR Program provides funding to repair, replace or rehabilitate publicly or Amtrak-owned or -controlled railroad equipment, infrastructure and facilities.

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