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Posted 14 hours ago in International Rail News by Railpage System User

Twin Cities regional authority Metropolitan Council has invited expressions of interest for the supply of up to 77 new light rail vehicles to operate the expanding network in Minneapolis and St Paul. 

Proposals are due by December 18 for an initial order of 27 cars with options for up to 50 more, to be delivered from 2019. The first vehicles are needed to operate the Southwest LRT Green Line extension to Eden Prairie, on which construction is expected to start in 2017 for opening in 2020. Additional cars would be required to work the Bottineau LRT extension of the Blue Line to the northwest, which is expected to follow in 2018-21.

Posted 14 hours ago in International Rail News by Railpage System User

European Union transport ministers reached unanimous agreement on the general approach to the political pillar of the Fourth Railway Package at a meeting of the EU Transport Council on October 8. The ministers endorsed the two principles of gradual opening of member states’ domestic rail markets and proposals intended to provide better governance of the rail sector. 

The European Commission, Parliament and Council will now begin trialogue negotiations to reach an agreement on the text of the regulations.

Posted 15 hours ago in International Rail News by Railpage System User

OMAN: National railway project promoter Oman Rail has received proposals from eight companies or consortia interested in the contract to operate and maintain the first phase of the future network.

Posted 15 hours ago in International Rail News by Railpage System User

POLAND: The treasury’s industrial development and restructuring agency Agencja Rozwoju Przemysłu has acquired a 51% stake in Przewozy Regionalne from the 16 voivodships, which were given joint ownership of the regional passenger train business when it was spun out of state railway group PKP. The voivodships retain 49%.

Posted Yesterday in Asciano by mikado5910

Another volley has been fired in Sydney's freight wars.

With the spectre of competitors opening a giant new freight hub at Moorebank in Sydney's south-west in 2017, Australia's largest rail and ports company, Asciano, announced plans on Thursday to build a $100 million terminal at St Marys.

The decision will be another step towards a long-stated goal of successive governments of reducing the number of trucks carting containers from Port Botany.

Posted Yesterday in Aurizon by newsbot

AURIZON will slash up to 800 jobs over the next three years as the resources downturn forces it to cut costs by at least $310 million.

The Brisbane-based rail giant yesterday said the cost-cutting measures would be helped by new enterprise agreements sealed with its workforce earlier this year that removed no redundancy clauses and rostering restrictions.

No redundancy provisions were in earlier agreements dating back to Aurizon’s days as the state-owned QR National before the company was privatised in 2010.

Workers at Aurizon’s Redbank, Townsville and Rockhampton depots will make up many of the redundancies.

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