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USA: The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has announced the recipients of more than $326 million in grant funds under the Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) Program and the Special Transportation Circumstances Program, for a wide variety of state and local railroad infrastructure projects. The grants will fund 45 projects in 29 states.

From those funds up to $2.8m will be allocated to Rhode Island - TF Green Airport intercity rail service project, which will allow to complete preliminary engineering and federal environmental review for a new Amtrak stop at TF Green Airport in Warwick, Rhode Island, the only airport adjacent to the Northeast Corridor without direct access to it.

Another $2.7m will go to Wisconsin - Milwaukee Area Passenger and Freight Rail Improvement Project. The funds will be used to upgrade the signalling system to centralized train control on approximately 2 miles of track surrounding the Milwaukee Intermodal Station on the state-supported Hiawatha Amtrak service, building on a fiscal year 2017 CRISI grant to add a second platform at the airport station. This will enable the 20 freight trains and 16 passenger trains that daily travel the area to operate closer to permitted speeds.

Full list of projects can be found here >>>

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ROMANIA: A consortium of Arada Company, ISPCF and DB Engineering & Consulting has been selected by the Romanian Infrastructure Manager CFR to deliver modernisation of Bucureşti Nord – Henri Coandă International Airport.

The project involved building a new track between Bucharest central station and Henri Coandă International Airport located in Otopeni and a passenger station at Terminal 1.

The total estimated cost of the contract, expected to last 14 months (two months for design and 12 months for execution) is EUR 88.6 million.

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UAE: Saudi Arabian Airlines and Saudi Railways have signed a strategic partnership agreement on 27 May to provide integrated transport services between the airline and the Al-Haramain Express rail service.

The partnership aims to develop an interoperable air-rail passenger experience service including online travel procedures, apps, self-service and seamless baggage transfer between the airline and Haramain train stations in Medina, Jeddah, King Abdulaziz Airport in Jeddah and King Abdullah Economic City in Rabigh.

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THAILAND: Thailand’s Cabinet has approved a draft contract worth 225 billion baht (7.07 billion USD) to build a high-speed rail connecting the country’s three major airports of Don Mueang, Suvarnabhumi and U-Tapao.

The consortium led by Charoen Pokphan (CP) Group is expected to sign the contract, proposed by the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) Office, with the State Railway of Thailand (SRT) on June 15.
Under the contract, the SRT will pay 149 billion baht over a period of 10 years and the joint venture contract covers 50 years.

The 220 km railway will run from Bangkok's Don Mueang and Suvarnabhumi airports to the U-Tapao airport in nearby Rayong Province.

Thailand's government is looking to bring advanced industries like aircraft, robotics and next-generation automobiles to Rayong and its surroundings as part of its ambitious Eastern Economic Corridor scheme.

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AUSTRALIA: Sunshine Coast Airport has delivered its Draft Master Plan document charting the planned evolution of the airport over the next two decades and beyond.

The release of the draft Sunshine Coast Airport Master Plan 2040 will now be followed by a 50-business day community engagement period, from Thursday 30 May to 5.00pm, Friday 9 August 2019.

The Sunshine Coast Airport Master Plan 2040 will deliver one of the Sunshine Coast’s most significant transport, tourism and economic infrastructure assets, adding $4.1 billion to Gross Regional Product between 2020–2040, and opening-up new direct destinations in Australia, the Pacific and Asia to benefit Sunshine Coast residents and visitors.
The plan inlcudes plans for an integrated transport hub for the region with provisions for a light-rail station and potential for autonomous vehicles.

Currently The Airport is serviced hourly by one bus service running between Maroochydore and Noosa. The existing mode share for public transport at the Airport is low but may be improved with additional or higher frequency services to accommodate growing passenger numbers.

“With the delivery of the new runway at the end of next year there are some immediate priorities to ensure that the airport is fully prepared to meet the new demands, but equally we have outlined plans that look to 2040 and beyond," Sunshine Coast Airport Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Brodie said.

“They include land-use priorities to ensure that we have space for developments such as light railway and increased freight handling facilities."