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UK: Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) has completed a five-year £2bn programme to transform passenger journeys with more than 1,500 new carriages, turning one of the UK’s oldest fleets into one of the most modern.

Since September 2014 when it launched, GTR has overseen the introduction of four fleets of trains and expanded one other, transforming journeys for thousands of passengers:

  • 116 brand new Class 387/1 carriages (29 units) – initially used on the Thameslink network, now on Great Northern, operating as far as King’s Lynn
  • 108 brand new Class 387/2 carriages (27 units) – serving Gatwick Express between Brighton, Gatwick and London Victoria
  • 1,140 brand new Class 700 carriages (115 units) – serving the entire, expanded Thameslink network
  • 150 brand new Class 717 carriages (25 units) – serving the Great Northern Moorgate route
  • 12 Class 171 carriages (4 units) for Southern – adding to the existing fleet and facilitating the first longer 10-carriage services between Uckfield and London Bridge

GTR has overseen what is thought to be the biggest cascade of rolling stock since privatisation – a total of more than 1,500 new carriages brought into the franchise, and almost 900 cascaded out. A further 880 were cascaded between routes within the network.

The new trains (717s) have capacity for 943 people – that’s nearly 100 more people per journey than those they replace (an 11% increase). The new trains also feature live service updates from London Underground, open and interconnected carriages, allowing passengers to walk from one end of the train to the other, the latest accessibility features, a brand new ‘snow mode’, which changes the way the brakes work to improve reliability in snowy conditions, a train monitoring systems to facilitate a condition-based maintenance regime, and are capable of operating with ERTMS.

 

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USA: Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) started construction of the new 26-mile Silver Line regional rail service from Plano to DFW International Airport.

Opening in December 2022, the $1.1 billion project will provide passenger rail connections and service that will improve mobility, accessibility and system linkages to major employment, population and activity centers in the northern part of the DART Service Area. The Silver Line will traverse a total of seven cities: Grapevine, Coppell, Dallas, Carrollton, Addison, Richardson and Plano.

The Silver Line service will include 10 stations across the alignment, providing new transit opportunities for North Texas residents and delivering greater capacity and connectivity, spurring economic development, and supporting workforce development across the region. The stations are DFW Terminal B, DFW North, Cypress Waters, Downtown Carrollton, Addison, Knoll Trail, UT Dallas, CityLine, 12th Street and Shiloh Road.

DART's Silver Line will interface with three existing rail lines: The Red/Orange Lines in Richardson/Plano, the Green Line in Carrollton and the Orange Line at DFW International Airport. In addition, at DFW International Airport, the project will connect to the Trinity Metro TEXRail Regional Rail Line to Fort Worth, providing passengers with the opportunity to travel 60 miles across the North Texas region.

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CHINA: China's new mega airport Beijing Daxing International Airport (PKX) has officially opened for operations. The airport is located is expected to serve the needs of Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei areas. With a 46km-distance from Tiananmen Square, a 67km-distance from Beijing International Airport and a 26km-distance from Langfang City Center, Daxing Airport aims to become the main airport hub of the region.

The fastest way to travel to and from the airport is the New Daxing Airport Express Line. Travelling up to 160km/h, the trains reach Caoqiao Station in 19 minutes, costing 35 RMB (4.4€ / 4.8$). In the near future, the transit Line 20 (Line R4) will also be added to the existing network. The Beijing–Xiong’an intercity railway links Daxing airport to Beijing West Railway Station. The travel time is about 20-35 minutes, depending on the disembarking point.

Daxing Airport Express Line started trial operations on 26 September 2019. Passengers will be able to use the in-town check-in facilities at the City Terminal at Caoqiao station.

Initially serving 45 million passengers per year, Beijin Daxing will accommodate 72 million travellers by 2025 and is planned for further expansion to serve up to 100 million passengers and 4 million tonnes of cargo annually.

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USA: The Port Authority New York New Jersey (PANYNJ) Board of Commissioners approved the biennial reassessment of the agency’s 2017-2026 Capital Plan, which includes an additional $4.8 billion for critical Port Authority projects. The major elements of the reassessment are:

  • A new AirTrain Newark and additional dollars for AirTrain LaGuardia, both projected to be funded by incremental project-related revenue
  • Addition of three new projects: PATH Improvement Plan; electric vehicle infrastructure; and planning for a new Newark Liberty Terminal Two
  • Adjustments to the Capital Plan regarding JFK Redevelopment and Newark Terminal One to take account of prior Board actions and funded by incremental project-related revenue

Of the $4.8 billion increase, approximately $4.5 billion, or 94% of the increase, is projected to be funded by additional project-related revenues, including revenue increases from the following: terminal rents; airline cost recoveries; user fees; anticipated receipt of passenger facility charges; Hurricane Sandy recovery; and airport improvement grants associated with certain projects.

“The Port Authority is committed to rapid progress on all our critical capital projects to deliver the 21st century transportation infrastructure that the region deserves. The $37 billion Capital Plan that the Board approved today is part of that commitment,” said Port Authority Executive Director Rick Cotton. “This Capital Plan funds major infrastructure projects like the new AirTrain Newark, the AirTrain LGA and redevelopment at JFK and Newark and makes good on sustainability commitments, such as new, clean electric vehicle charging stations, the PATH improvement plan, and planning for a brand-new Terminal 2 at Newark Airport. Both the original 2017-2026 Capital Plan and the modifications approved today provide for extraordinary and unprecedented levels of investment needed to replace and upgrade our facilities to meet the standards of 21st century infrastructure."

The increases to major projects are all projected to be funded through additional revenues associated with these projects.

  • New AirTrain Newark ($1.64 billion increase; $2.05 billion total): The reassessed Capital Plan provides for a new AirTrain Newark for $2.05 billion. This represents an entirely new project. The new AirTrain project replaces the planned spending of $300 million to keep the old AirTrain in a state of good repair. The increase is informed by previously authorized planning efforts and will be covered by: airline cost recoveries; rental car fees; future period PFCs; farebox revenue; and $110 million of reduced spending elsewhere in the Aviation Capital Plan. This major new commitment is in direct response to a request from Governor Murphy. The proposal targets a start to construction in late 2020 or early 2021.
  • JFK Redevelopment ($1.9 billion increase; $2.9 billion total): With respect to the already announced JFK Redevelopment Project, this change represents the technical Capital Plan provision catching up with the authorizations made by the Board in October 2018. Approximately $2.9 billion of the $13 billion JFK project will be spent on Port Authority infrastructure, e.g. roadways; airfield improvements; a ground transportation center; and utilities and electrical substations. The original 2017-2026 Capital Plan provided $1 billion for spending on PA infrastructure. This incremental cost of $1.9 billion is projected to be funded from private sector sources – rental revenue from private terminal developers and airline cost recoveries. The contribution from private capital remains at $12 billion of the $13 billion total cost of the redevelopment program, as reflected in the Board’s October 2018 approval.
  • AirTrain LGA ($390 million increase; $2.05 billion total): The reassessed Capital Plan provides for a $2.05 billion project to build an AirTrain to serve LaGuardia Airport. The current capital plan included $1.5 billion in spending for this project. The revised project cost is informed by the planning efforts and preliminary engineering analysis underway as a result of previously authorized spending by the Board. The increase to the Capital Plan is $390 million, net of $160 million of reduced spending on other Aviation projects. This increase is projected to be covered by multiple sources, including: farebox revenue; airline cost recoveries; and future period PFCs.
  • Newark Liberty Terminal One Redevelopment ($350 million increase; $2.7 billion total): In February 2018 the Board reauthorized this project because the total cost to complete the project increased by $350 million to $2.7 billion due to market conditions increasing construction costs. The additional funds required for this increase are projected to be fully provided by revenues from the new terminal.
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The reassessment provides funding for the Capital Plan for three key initiatives:

  • PATH Improvement Plan ($200 million): As announced in June, the PATH Improvement Plan includes three core elements: increased capacity on the Newark-WTC line by 40% and all other lines by 20% by 2022; a six-point plan to reduce system delays; and a series of actions to improve customer experience including full integration with the MTA’s new tap-and-go fare payment system, OMNY.
  • Electric Vehicle Infrastructure ($50 million): As the first public transit agency in the country to embrace the Paris Climate Agreement, the Port Authority’s commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions across its facilities includes the aggressive introduction of all-electric vehicles. These funds will provide the electric charging infrastructure needed to support the electric vehicle initiative, including: 1) infrastructure needed for the conversion of airport shuttle buses to an all-electric fleet; 2) the conversion of 50% of the agency’s light vehicle fleet to electric; and 3) charging stations for public use at various parking facilities.
  • Planning for Newark Liberty Airport Terminal Two ($35 million): Just as Newark Terminal A is currently being replaced by the new Terminal One, the reassessed Capital Plan enables planning to replace the existing Terminal B with a new Terminal Two. This is the next step to increasing capacity, improving passenger experience, and moving Newark Liberty International Airport, consistent with all Port Authority airports, to world class standards.

For more detailed information on each of the 2017-2026 Capital Plan, click here.

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USA: The Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has allocated $125 million to the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) for the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Silicon Valley Phase II project. This is the first project to receive a funding allocation under FTA’s Expedited Project Delivery Pilot Program.

The BART Silicon Valley Phase II project is a 6.5-mile extension of the BART system from the Berryessa Station through downtown San Jose to the City of Santa Clara. The total estimated project cost is $5.58 billion and VTA has requested $1.395 billion in federal funding through FTA’s Pilot Programme. 

Santa Clara Station, located adjacent to the Santa Clara Caltrain Station and Santa Clara University, will be the end of the line station for VTA's BART Phase II Extension. The station is located near Mineta San Jose International Airport and there are plans to link the station to the proposed Transit-Oriented Joint Development, although it is not clear if this development will include access to the airport.

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FTA’s Expedited Project Delivery Pilot Program streamlines project delivery of new transit infrastructure that meets programme requirements. By encouraging innovative partnerships and funding from a variety of sources, projects can be completed more quickly, making better use of taxpayer dollars and bringing new transit service to growing communities.

To receive funding under the pilot program, Santa Clara VTA must fund at least 75% of the project cost through local, state and other non-federal contributions, including a public-private partnership. In turn, FTA will expedite the review and evaluation of application materials under a streamlined review process as authorized by law.

The funding allocation will be awarded to VTA once it meets all program requirements needed to proceed to a construction grant agreement.

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