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RUSSIA: Russian Railways have announced that it will build a new shuttle trains to Sheremetyevo Airport North Terminal Complex (Terminals B and C). The first phase of the work is scheduled to be completed at the beginning of 2022 and will include an 8km rail line, linking the new Sheremetyevo-1 station.

"At the first stage, a railway line will be built that will connect the terminals D, E, F and B, C. This will allow organizing the movement of electric trains between the North and South terminal complexes," said the head of the Moscow Railway (a branch of Russian Railways ) Mikhail Glazkov.

The work has already started on the first flyover. The first phase of the work will link Sheremetyevo's South Terminal Complex to the North with trains running every 15 minutes.

The second stage involves connecting the new rail link with the Moscow Railway towards Savelovsky direction, as part of the Belorussko-Savelovsky project WDC-1.

After completion of the full range of works, the capacity of the railway infrastructure at Sheremetyevo Airport will increase from 38 existing to 72 pairs of trains per day. From Moscow, trains to the airport will depart every 15 minutes.

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UKRAINE: The Kyiv Boryspil Express service, operating between Kiev Pasazhyrsky central railway station and Boryspil International Airport, has received brand new Ukrainian-made diesel trains. The trains have three 170 seat carriages allowing to carry 470 passengers each way.

The DPKr-3 diesel trains were built in 2019 and has the maximum operating speed of 140km/h. The trains are equipped with six luggage racks in each carriage, power sockets and digital screens. The trains are wheelchair accessible.

The Ukrainian Railways JSC and the Ministry of Infrastructure are now exploring the possibility to electrify the route.

“Electrification of the airport route will allow the rolling stock currently in use on the airport line to be used for regional transport,” said the Ukrainian Railways CEO Yevgeny Kraytsov.

The Kyiv Boryspil Express has also celebrated its one millionth passenger in December 2019.

“Two major events have coincided today: the millionth passenger and the launch of a new diesel train. We are in high demand for our express trains in peak hours, when not even the double train configuration is enough. But thanks to the new trains we will be able to meet this growing demand,” said Yevgeny Kravtsov.

The Kyiv Boryspil Express trains started operating from November 2018 with up to 58 journeys a day.

Currently the trains run from the central railway station to the airport with an intermediate stop at Darbytsya station. Works are underway to upgrade platforms at Vydubichi station so it can be introduced on the airport express route.

 

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GERMANY: The new Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER) is finally set to open on 31 October 2020, after the Supervisory Board approved the proposal on 29 November 2019. Scheduled flights will end in Tegel one week later, on 8 November 2020. In that time, there will be three major relocation steps in which all flight operations will move from Tegel Airport to BER.

The Supervisory Board also passed the 2020 budget. The operating result planned for 2020 is around EUR 86 million due to the one-off charge for commissioning of BER (ORAT programme). 

“The date is set: BER will open on 31 October 2020. All the work that still needs doing at BER is being done intensively. There is still much to be done in the next eleven months. The finished building must become a functioning airport," Chief Executive Officer of Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH Engelbert Lütke Daldrup said. 

Deutsche Bahn will also start its operations as soon as the new airport is open.

"We had already completed our tracks and platform facilities in time for the originally scheduled date in October 2011, and will be ready when the flight operations begin", Deutsche Bahn representative for Berlin Alexander Kaczmarek said.

During the long delay of the airport opening, the train stations was undergoing regular safety checks with empty trains running time to time to ventilate the tunnel and the station. The signalling technology at the airport station on tracks 2 and 3 was retrofitted in 2012.

On the dedicated Airport Express Train, the travel time to the airport from the main Berlin station will be 35 min (20 min after the Dresden Railway starts operating), compared to 51 min on the S-Bahn.

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Picture from Metrolink Press Services

Picture from Metrolink Press Services

USA: Metrolink riders traveling to Ontario International Airport (ONT) now have a new mobility option with sponsored Lyft rides from four Metrolink stations and Omnitrans transit centers thanks to a partnership with the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority (SBCTA).

Alan Wapner, President of the Ontario International Airport Authority (OIAA) who also serves on the Boards of Directors of Metrolink and SBCTA, described the partnership as an important next step in making sure ONT meets the needs of one of the fastest-growing population and economic centers in the United States.

“A big part of what sets Ontario International Airport apart is its access and convenience, and as an airport authority, we are committed to exploring all options that allow us to maintain that competitive edge, increase commuter and transit options and grow the right way,” Wapner said.

The program covers up to $35 off each Lyft ride connecting ONT with one of the Metrolink stations at Montclair, Upland, Rancho Cucamonga and Ontario-East. SBCTA is funding the $396,000 pilot program to increase public transportation ridership servicing ONT.

“Local control of the Ontario International Airport has spurred significant, positive, change for one of our county’s greatest assets,” SBCTA President Darcy McNaboe said. “To enthusiastically support this change, we are creating a pilot program that helps connect transit to the airport. The information we gather from this program will help us develop future connections that will ease congestion, improve communities, and continue to make San Bernardino County great.”

The Metrolink Montclair, Upland and Rancho Cucamonga stations are on the San Bernardino Line, while the Ontario-East Station is part Metrolink’s Riverside Line.

Fifty-two Metrolink trains make stops Monday through Friday at the stations where the free Lyft service is offered. Customers also have weekend options on the San Bernardino Line where 20 Metrolink trains stop at the stations on Saturday and six trains make stops on Sunday.

“Through this partnership, travelers and workers alike have a convenient, reliable transportation option to get to and from the Ontario International Airport without needing to own or rent a car or worry about parking,” said Bakari Brock, senior director of City Partnerships at Lyft. “We’re proud to be working with SBCTA, Metrolink, Omnitrans and Ontario International airport to help improve connections between regional transit and airport.”

To participate in the program, riders need to enter the GOSBCTA code into the Promos field in the Lyft app one time, and the subsidy will apply automatically to any eligible ride; the code will automatically renew at the end of each month. Riders without smartphones can participate by calling 909-235-5544. Riders with specialized mobility needs, such as a motorized wheelchair, can also request an on-demand ride by calling 866-946-4938. Eligible trips run between ONT and one of the four Metrolink stations and take place during transit operation hours (3:30 a.m. to 12 a.m.).

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MALAYSIA: GoCar Malaysia, a homegrown car-sharing company, and Express Rail Link Sdn Bhd (ERL), the operator of both the KLIA Ekspres and KLIA Transit services, have partnered up to improve the mobility needs of travellers. Starting from 4 December, travellers will be able to connect seamlessly to and from KLIA and KLIA2 with GoCar at selected ERL stations such as KL Sentral (KLIA Ekspres Arrival Hall and Departure Hall), Bandar Tasik Selatan and Salak Tinggi.

To commemorate GoCar's new partnership with ERL, travellers can now save 28% on any GoCar bookings at KL Sentral Station when they purchase a KLIA Ekspres + GoCar Package online. On top of that, GoCar has a new hub at Salak Tinggi Station which enables travellers to take a One-Way Trip or round trip GoCars.

"Connectivity has always played a vital role in the transportation industry, even more so these days. Similarly, as travellers, we are also looking for that seamless experience when it comes to mobility," said Nicholas Tan, President of GoCar Malaysia. Tan further added, “We are excited to work with ERL to realise this shared vision and bring this convenience to more travellers who are going to or from KLIA and KLIA2.”

Noormah Mohd Noor, Chief Executive Officer of ERL said, “We are delighted to officially forge our partnership with GoCar Malaysia. This KLIA Ekspres and GoCar package would offer a seamless journey for our customers who appreciate the speed and reliability of our train service, as well as the flexibility and convenience of car-sharing while contributing positively to reducing their carbon footprint. With Visit Malaysia Year 2020 just around the corner, it is timely that we can offer visitors such a versatile package, together with GoCar Malaysia.”

Both companies are also working hand-in-hand to promote the use of alternative transportation to create a more sustainable living environment. Current issues such as traffic congestion and poor air quality can be greatly remedied as the number of personal cars decreases.