LOS ANGELES – Metrolink put into service a refurbished passenger train car featuring new and improved passenger amenities designed for a more enjoyable, productive and safe ride. The train car is the first of 50 slated for renovation.
“We are thrilled to begin the roll out of the renovated train cars, with upgrades to enhance passengers’ travel experiences, into our system,” Metrolink CEO Darren Kettle said. “The ‘new’ train cars have a contemporary interior, charging ports at each seat, and a number of enhancements providing passengers with a safer and more comfortable ride with elevated amenities.” Enhancements include features that make the train cars easier to clean, such as vinyl seating and non-carpeted flooring, as well as enhanced air filtration and UV lighting for bacteria, air pollutant and virus protection. Passengers will appreciate the new energy-efficient lighting and bathrooms with a modern look and better odor control. For enhanced safety, the refurbished cars also have side door obstacle detection, three emergency intercom buttons on every car and emergency fresh air ventilation in case of power loss.
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Metrolink Expands Service: San Bernardino Line Supports I-10 Closure
Metrolink expands service on San Bernardino Line to ease traffic congestion during I-10 freeway closure, providing a convenient alternative for travelers.
In response to the recent closure of a crucial section of the I-10 freeway in downtown Los Angeles, Metrolink has stepped up to provide expanded weekday service along the San Bernardino Line. This measure aims to ensure that travel from the Inland Empire to downtown Los Angeles remains accessible during the closure period. The closure, caused by fire damage, has significantly affected the daily commute of over 300,000 vehicles. Governor Gavin Newsom estimates that repairs will take 3-5 weeks.
Starting November 14, Metrolink will introduce four extra trains in each direction, with three in the morning and one in the afternoon, connecting L.A. Union Station and the Covina Station. These trains will make stops at all stations in between. Additionally, an evening train will run between L.A. Union Station and the Rancho Cucamonga Station. To accommodate the increased demand, extra passenger cars will be added to San Bernardino Line trains.
Benefits for Travelers:
Metrolink’s additional service on the San Bernardino Line will greatly alleviate traffic congestion caused by the freeway closure. It provides a safe and convenient alternative for travelers who need to reach downtown Los Angeles. Moreover, Metrolink ticketholders can enjoy free connections to most local public transit services, including all LA Metro bus and rail lines.
Metrolink’s proactive response to the I-10 freeway closure demonstrates its commitment to supporting commuters and ensuring their access to downtown Los Angeles. By expanding service on the San Bernardino Line and offering free connections to other public transit options, Metrolink aims to minimize the impact of the closure on travelers and alleviate traffic congestion. This temporary measure will provide a reliable and convenient transportation solution until the freeway repairs are completed. https://metrolinktrains.com/news/metrolink-news/metrolink-expands-service-on-san-bernardino-line-to-support-travelers-impacted-by-i-10-freeway-closure/
Alstom and partners celebrate launch of Edmonton Valley Line Southeast LRT
- Edmonton Valley Line Southeast LRT opened for passenger service on November 4, 2023
- Features 11 street-level stops along 13 km connecting downtown Edmonton to Mill Woods
- 26 Canadian-built 100% low-floor light rail vehicles (LRV) serve the new line
- Key partner in providing operations and maintenance of the full system until 2050
- Project demonstrating Alstom’s Turnkey and Services unmatched leadership and expertise
Edmonton, Alberta – Alstom, global leader in smart and green mobility, celebrates the November 4 launch of the new Edmonton Valley Line Southeast Light Rail Transit (LRT). This project was delivered by TransEd, a consortium comprised of Alstom, along with Bechtel, EllisDon and Fengate, contributing to the enhanced connectivity of Edmonton’s residents today and for the future. The city is expecting it to serve about 30,000 riders per day.
Under this partnership, Alstom played a pivotal role in the design, supply, installation and testing and commissioning of the LRVs, signalling, communications, power supply and distribution, overhead catenary system, and related depot equipment, as well as system integration. This turnkey project is a Public-Private Partnership (P3) that includes a now completed design-build stage, and an operation and maintenance (O&M) commitment extending until 2050.
“Alstom is proud to celebrate this important milestone with the City of Edmonton and our partners. We look forward to serving the citizens of Edmonton with a world-class LRT service for years to come.”Michael Keroullé
President and CEO, Alstom Americas
Alstom assumes a majority share in the joint venture responsible for the O&M of the system for TransEd. This includes maintaining the complete fleet, tracks, catenary, stations, maintenance facility and all other elements of the system, as well as all aspects of operating the fleet including crew training and dispatching, control room management, customer service and passenger experience. A team of more than 125 experts is devoted to delivering exceptional services to the Edmontonians. Notably, this represents the first LRT system where Alstom is involved in the complete O&M scope of the system.
The 26 Flexity LRVs, each capable of carrying up to 275 passengers along the 13 km system, offer a 100 per cent low-floor design, ensuring easy access and a comfortable ride for all passengers. Step-free boarding is an important part of this enhanced passenger experience for persons with reduced mobility, wheelchairs, mobility aids and strollers.
Alstom takes pride in designing and assembling these vehicles in Canada, creating good-paying Canadian jobs. With 4,500 employees in Canada, including those in Edmonton, Alstom is committed to delivering safe and reliable mobility solutions while actively fostering local supply chains and regional economies.
Michael Keroullé, President and CEO, Alstom Americas said: “Alstom is proud to celebrate this important milestone with the City of Edmonton and our partners. We look forward to serving the citizens of Edmonton with a world-class LRT service for years to come.”
With more than 20 references in the world, Alstom has again demonstrated its turnkey and services capabilities to deliver, operate and maintain a new LRV system that has been designed, built and commissioned to be safely, efficiently and reliably operated in extreme weather conditions over decades of operation.
Alstom’s LRV product range is the reference for modern low-floor tram solutions. It is at the heart of many urban renewal projects around the world, offering an improved passenger experience, driver ergonomics, low energy consumption and optimized life cycle costs. About 8,000 Alstom trams and LRVs have been ordered or are already in revenue service, in more than 140 cities around the world. In addition, these vehicles require four times less energy consumption than a bus, and 10 times less than a car, enabling cities to offer passengers the best options in sustainable mobility.
As the number one private operator in North America, Alstom offers best-in-class train operation solutions, including both fully automated and manual operations, with train crew and station staff, ticketing, and scheduling. Alstom offers scalable maintenance solutions for the entire railway system, including rolling stock, signalling, as well as railway and civil infrastructure. Alstom’s North America references include more than 25 rail systems across the United States and Canada. Its comprehensive services portfolio also includes modernization, parts, repairs, overhauls, and digital and support services
Alstom™ and Flexity™ are protected trademarks of the Alstom Group.
Big Boy No. 4014: Embarking on a Historic Journey Across America
Big Boy No. 4014: World’s largest steam locomotive embarks on historic Union Pacific tour. #RailwayHistory
Union Pacific’s iconic Big Boy No. 4014, the largest steam locomotive in the world, is set to embark on an extraordinary tour in 2024, commemorating the railroad’s rich heritage and its deep connection to communities and employees. This highly anticipated tour will span Union Pacific’s extensive 23-state system, reaching all four corners of its network.
With stops planned in major cities such as Chicago, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Houston, Nampa, Portland, Roseville, and Salt Lake City, the tour promises to captivate enthusiasts and history buffs alike. Union Pacific CEO Jim Vena emphasizes the significance of this event, stating, “The Big Boy represents the history of Union Pacific and the United States. When No. 4014 comes to town, we will celebrate together with the communities where we operate, our employees, and their families.”
Weighing a staggering 1.1 million pounds, No. 4014 is the sole surviving operational Big Boy locomotive. Originally built during World War II to transport heavy freight, only eight of these colossal machines remain today, with the others showcased as static exhibits around the country.
Restored to its former glory in 2019, marking the 150th anniversary of the transcontinental railroad’s completion, No. 4014 stands as a proud symbol of American engineering and innovation. As the tour’s dates and route information will be unveiled in 2024, anticipation grows among rail enthusiasts and curious onlookers eager to witness this magnificent locomotive in action.
Union Pacific invites not only the general public but also its employees and their families to join in this momentous occasion. However, safety remains of paramount importance, and Union Pacific reminds everyone to maintain a safe distance of 25 feet at all times and refrain from placing objects on the tracks.
The Big Boy No. 4014’s upcoming journey offers a unique opportunity to celebrate the rich history of Union Pacific and the remarkable progress of technology. As it traverses the nation, awe-inspiring and nostalgic moments are sure to be shared by all who witness this living testament to the power and grandeur of steam locomotion.
About Union Pacific:
Union Pacific, a leading transportation company operating in 23 western states, connects customers and communities to the global economy through safe, reliable, and efficient service. Recognizing the environmental benefits of trains, Union Pacific remains committed to preserving the planet for future generations. For more information about Union Pacific, visit www.up.com.
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