In The International News

Some interesting news items from abroad.   An interesting Australia Government paper on long term trends in public transport. Some interesting comments have been made by an Australian observer: It can be clearly seen that the Sydney tramways were the all-time record-holding giant of any Australian public transport system and never bettered since by any […]


Bombardier Inc. Gets Quebec Financing

Bombardier Inc. has had some recent finance problems with their aerospace division and is using its rail division as collateral so to speak. They better make money nowAi??because if they don’t perform the CDPQ will own 42.5 % after 5 years. What does it mean for us on the West coast? Definitely more pressure to […]

Bat bus

Bat Bus – The Shape of Things to Come?

A peak 5 minutes into the future. The same technology can be applied to trams. From the BBC International Service. Xoupir: Charles Bombardierai??i??s ai???magic busai??i?? David K Gibson Charles Bombardier designs things. Fantastical things, like a robotic hockey referee, a tugboat that creates waves for surfing competitions, and magnet-propelled rollercoaster in which riders hurtle above […]

Next-generation streetcars arrive in Toronto for trials

National Post Although it will not be accepting passengers until 2014, the TTCai??i??s next generation of streetcars arrived in the city by freight train this week. Still the property of its builder, Bombardier, the train is in town for a series of trials to see whether it can smoothly navigate Torontoai??i??s streets. The vehicle, […]


Transportation Planning – A North American view

An interesting extract from a commentary comparing currentAi??North AmericanAi??practice with European `In Vancouver, over a decade ago at the grand opening of the heritage streetcar project, a chap from Bombardier singled me out. What he said after a few niceties, astounded me. To paraphrase, he claimed that: Vancouver’s SkyTrain greatly retarded sales of Bombardier built […]


Tram makers hit curve as markets adjust

Financial Times London Published: April 8 2011 15:43 By Robert Wright The segregated track that carries smart Citadis trams alongside the Aegean in Voula on the outskirts of Athens could scarcely form a more marked contrast with the tram line that snakes down the narrow, cobbled streets of the St Gilles district in Brussels. […]


The Good & Bad; News from Toronto

Firstly the good news; Toronto's transit system will receive 39 kilometres of new subway and light rail track in a $12-billion expansion package announced by the province and city on Thursday. Ontario invests billions in Toronto transit 'spine' Thu. Mar. 31 2011 1:01 PM ET Toronto's transit system will receive 39 kilometres of […]


London Tramlink seeks bids for additional trams

from the Railway Gazette, 31 January 2011      UK: Transport for London subsidiary Tramtrack Croydon Ltd is seeking bids for the lease of 10 new or second-hand trams to increase capacity on the light rail network in south London from the end of summer 2011.  Transport for London press release   A […]

Glattalbahn Zurich

ZA?A?rich celebrates the opening of the final Auzelg A?ai??i??ai??? Stettbach section of the Glattalbahn light rail project

Glattfest celebrates Glattalbahn completion  SWITZERLAND: Project promoter Zürcher Verkehrsverbund and concessionaire Verkehrsbetriebe Glattal organised a day of festivities to celebrate the opening of the final Auzelg — Stettbach section of the Glattalbahn light rail project north of Zürich on December 11. The completed route runs from Stettbach to Zürich Airport via Wallisellen, Auzelg and […]


Spread the word, Invite your friends in Vancouver – this is not just a Rail for the Valley event LIGHT RAIL RALLY AND RIDE Granville Island, Vancouver Saturday, March 20, 2:00pm Granville Island Olympic Line Station (Click here for the event on Facebook) This may be your last chance to experience Vancouver’s state-of-the-art 2010 Streetcar […]