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INDIA: The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has announced that it will further reduce passenger fares on the Airport Express Line by up to 50% from Friday 18th of September 2015.

The new minimum single journey fare on the corridor will be 10INR ($0.15) replacing the earlier minimum fare of 20INR ($0.30) and the maximum fare will be 60INR ($0.90) against the earlier maximum fare of 100INR ($1.50).

The fares are being decreased to mainly encourage commuters from the Dwarka sub city to travel with the Airport Express Line instead of the Blue Line. This will also help in decongesting the Blue Line, especially during the peak hours, as it is one of the busiest corridors of the Delhi Metro network.

The fares of the Airport Express line were decreased by up to 40% on 24th July last year. As a result of the measure, the average daily ridership of the corridor increased significantly from around 13,000 in June 2014 to more than 20,000 in February earlier this year. On 28th August, 2015, more than 32,000 people travelled with the Airport Express line.

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USA: Commuter rail testing on Denver’s East Rail "A" Line took another step forward when RTD and its contractor on the project, Denver Transit Partners, began testing trains at 45 mph between 40th Avenue and York Street and the 40th and Airport Station.

This phase of the testing will demonstrate and prove that all warning signs, gate arms and other mechanisms at the commuter rail crossings are working as they will on opening day.

There will be flaggers at each intersection to ensure pedestrians navigate the crossings easily and safely.

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If this phase of the testing is successful, trains will continue to travel along the A Line at high speeds for the remainder of the testing programme and during public service.

"Testing at this speed is an important milestone for the project and gets us one step closer to opening the A Line this spring," said Greg Straight, RTD FasTracks Eagle P3 project director.

"It is imperative that the public remember to follow all safety signs and warning devices at the crossings and never to trespass on any train track. It's not only illegal, but extremely dangerous to the public and to our staff."

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SWEDEN: Arlanda Express is focusing on green energy both on and off the railway tracks. The Arlanda Express departure lounge has been equipped with two specially designed bike-powered chargers from Belgium. Passengers and passers-by can use the bikes to pedal new life into their mobile phones, tablets or laptops.

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“The concept of the bike-powered chargers emerged in a creativity competition in which personnel presented their ideas on how we could communicate our core values in a new light. It’s a fantastic idea; after all, after the bicycle, we are the next most environmentally friendly alternative for travelling to Arlanda. We plan to organise a schedule for the members of the management team to pedal the bikes so that we can periodically offer our passengers the chance to charge their phones,” says Per Thorstenson, CEO of Arlanda Express.

The Arlanda Link was built to reduce the environmental impact caused by car and bus travel between Stockholm and Arlanda.

The Arlanda Express trains that roll along the tracks meet the criteria for Good Environmental Choice certification by the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation. For example, all energy used by the trains comes from renewable energy sources, such as hydro power, wind power and biofuel.

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UK: The Transport Committee is undertaking an inquiry into surface transport at airports. The inquiry will examine whether strategic connections to airports fulfil current and future requirements in terms of range and capacity.

The Committee is interested to assess the effectiveness of the Government's approach to planning surface access to airports, as well as understanding whether the Government is making full use of its powers to influence the selection of infrastructure and accompanying modes of transport to and from airports.

The inquiry will be limited to looking at UK airports with 1 million passengers per annum or above. The Committee is particularly interested in receiving written submissions on:

  • The range and capacity of current strategic connections to airports and how predicted changes in demand for capacity (both passengers and freight) are being planned for.
  • The importance of surface transport in freeing up existing spare capacity in airports.
  • The Government's role in planning surface access to airports in conjunction with airport owners, local authorities and Local Enterprise Partnerships.

The funding of strategic connections to airports, particularly:

  • Department for Transport's (DfT) role in ensuring that surface access infrastructure is planned and built in a joined-up way where different parts of the infrastructure are funded by different parties.
  • The level of responsibility that should be borne by the taxpayer for funding access and interfaces with national networks
  • The Government's effectiveness in ensuring that its own policies, such as modal shift, are being achieved in decisions about surface transport to airports.
  • The extent to which airport customer preference and DfT policy concur in terms of preferred modes of surface transport to airports.

The following issues will not be covered by this inquiry:

  • Non-surface access modes of transport e.g. domestic flights
  • Air quality issues

Deadline for written submissions is Monday 12 October 2015. Written submissions for this inquiry should be sent via the surface transport to airports inquiry page.

“MAG welcomes the Committee's decision to take a close look at ways in which surface access into airports can be improved. The number one priority for UK aviation policy for at least the next 15 years is going to ensure we make best use of existing capacity at airports such as Stansted and Manchester. Better rail and road links will strengthen the UK's network competing airports, which will have enormous benefits for consumers and the economy," Manchester Airport Group commented on the announcement in a series of tweets.

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IRELAND: Dublin Chamber of Commerce has welcomed the news that a new public transport link to Dublin Airport is likely to be announced shortly.

The Chamber was responding to comments made by Tánaiste Joan Burton TD at the opening event of the Dublin Chamber Political Leaders Series in the O’Callaghan Davenport Hotel in Dublin.

In her speech to over 100 Dublin business people, the Tánaiste stated that she was confident that positive news on the Airport rail link will be announced in the Capital Spending Plan in a few weeks’ time.

“For many years, we have been talking about a direct public transport link to the airport and I’m confident that we will have positive news on this issue when my colleague, Brendan Howlin, announces the Capital Spending Plan in a few weeks’ time,” Burton said. “People arriving in a major European city expect a choice of public transport options and we are going to provide them with that choice through the capital plan.”

According to Dublin Chamber CEO Gina Quin: “Dublin Chamber has long called for a high capacity, efficient and reliable rail link which services Dublin Airport. Dublin Airport is a vital piece of national infrastructure, with four out of every five visitors who arrive to Ireland by air coming through it. Such a link is needed not only to serve Dublin Airport, but also to cater for the rapidly-expanding population of north Dublin. It is forecast that by 2023 an additional 40,000 people will travel into Dublin city centre from north county Dublin. At the same time, passenger numbers through Dublin Airport are expected to exceed 23 million within four years. A new rail link will go a long way to accommodating such strong growth levels.”