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UIC welcomes the third edition of the UIC Asset Management Global Conference held from 4 – 6 October 2017 in Paris

Putting your assets on the right track

The third edition of the UIC Asset Management Global Conference, organised by the UIC Asset Management Working Group (AMWG), was held at the headquarters of UIC in Paris from 4 – 6 October 2017.

Following previous successful seminars held in 2013 and 2015, this 2017 edition took place under the heading “Putting your assets on the right track.”

Sponsored by the companies Assetsman, Cosmotech, Iframi, Oxand, Systra and Znapz, this three-day conference is open to all stakeholders in the sector of asset management with the aim of presenting the latest developments in various industries (roads, waterways, energy…) and on different continents. The recently issued ISO 55001 application guide formed the backbone of this conference and underlies its programme.

The conference, attended by 100 participants with 32 speakers, opened on 4 October with keynote speeches by Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, UIC Director General, Mr Richard Edwards, Chairman of IAM (Institute of Asset Management) and Dr Marc Antoni, Director of the UIC Rail System Department. The guest speakers were introduced by Teodor Gradinariu, Senior Technical Advisor for the UIC Rail System Department.

Jean-Pierre Loubinoux emphasised, among other points, that:

Rail has a pivotal role in delivering a competitive and environmentally-friendly transport system, furthering economic growth, enhancing personal mobility and supporting social cohesion. The rail system needs to adapt further to enable modal shift, becoming the mode of choice, consistently. Rail must be responsive to users’ needs, delivering reliable, affordable and attractive services as the core of a seamless and safe mobility network. The sector must continue to develop and apply its innovative skills also to secure affordable costs. Massive modal shift will depend on attracting users. Attractive services require adequate funding and usage of it. High quality services will stimulate the popular support that can help underpin public investment.

A strong railway area is the key to sustainable mobility in a low-carbon society; it is also essential to economic growth, social cohesion and people’s expectations of mobility.

By working together, we can make much more of the potential capacity of our rail network and the combined opportunity to provide modern services to the customer and efficient trade links – an improved world with rail at the very heart.

Richard Edwards described asset management as:

“The coordinated activities of an organisation to realise value from assets”.
In his presentation he spoke about the key drivers, the leading practice in 2017, the current challenges and what the Institute of Asset Management (IAM) is doing to develop professional pathways and overcome the challenges of leadership, culture and people.

In his presentation, Marc Antoni stressed the importance of the impact of digitisation on the railways and spoke about the current trends in the industry. In order to address the challenges, existing assets need to be upgraded using new digital possibilities and an adapted asset management policy needs to be adopted on all networks.

Dr Antoni went on to describe the PoCs (Proof of Concept) launched by the UIC Rail System Department and the ongoing projects that are being conducted for the railway community which involve upgrading existing assets. He concluded by saying:

Digital technologies shape the future of track maintenance, of smart operations…but only if we take into account all the new challenges, especially safety and security, shortness of the asset life-cycle, modularity and include them in a strong asset management organisation.

This conference is an excellent opportunity for open, relevant and comprehensive exchange of information between multi-sector and international organisations.
Seven sessions over two days covered the whole asset management process, enabling participants to get a clear view of the challenges that organisations are now facing. In the railway sector, participants explored the UIC Asset Management Working Group’s latest results and benefit from its unique experience accumulated since its creation in 2008. Participants also learned how other industries have adopted asset management theories and practices in order to improve their own.

Highlights this year include an optional third day, where participants can take part in either:

  • A technical field visit to Altametris (subsidiary of SNCF), which provides high standard infrastructure inspection and uses drones for network maintenance, enabling participants to see the impact of digitisation and big data on the asset management sector.
  • A dedicated training session on the practical use of the recent “ISO 55001 Application Guide for Railway Infrastructure Organisations”, combining workshops, showcases, business games focused on asset management and UIC Asset Management Guidelines.

This training session will be followed by a more in-depth training programme which will start on 15 January 2018 in the shape of a four-week flexible and collaborative online course in Rail Asset Management which will address different target groups (from managers to engineers, economists and even graduates in economics and engineering who wants to start a career in RAM).

For further information please contact Teodor Gradinariu, Senior Advisor Rail System Department:

gradinariu@uic.org

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Mr Young Tae Kim, new Secretary-General of ITF, visits UIC

Mr Young Tae Kim, who was appointed new Secretary-General of the International Transport Forum (ITF) at the OECD on the occasion of the ITF annual summit last June in Leipzig, visited UIC Headquarters on 22 September and met UIC Director-General Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux.

Mr Young Tae Kim, a Korean national, succeeded Professor José Viegas who had led ITF since 2012 and whose five-year term ended on 12 August 2017.

Before joining this position at the head of ITF in Paris, Mr Kim had been since 2015 Deputy Director-General at the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (MOLIT) of the Republic of Korea. He had been responsible for the coordination of transport policy including Policy on autonomous vehicles, greenhouse gas reduction, urban transport, intelligent transport systems (ITS) and road safety, among others.

ITF Secretary-General Mr Young Tae Kim and UIC Director-General Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux discussed the continuous development of fruitful cooperation between both international organisations, in a number of domains including sustainable development and green transport, the development of intelligent multimodal transport systems, safety and security and other issues addressed at the annual World Transport Summits organised by ITF in Leipzig, Germany.

UIC proposed in particular to contribute on behalf of the global railway sector to the debates of the 2018 Summit on “Transport Safety and Security” that will take place from 23 to 25 May 2018 in Leipzig.

The meeting was also attended on behalf of UIC by Mr Vincent Vu, UIC Director of Institutional Relations, Coordinator for Asia-Pacific, and Paul Véron, Director, Relations with Members, UIC Coordinator for the Middle-East.

For further information please contact Paul Véron, Director, Relations with Members:

veron@uic.org

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Unlocking finance for railways – capacity building for sustainable PPPs

Workshop to be held on 6 December 2017 at UIC Headquarters, Paris

Description
Addressing the challenge of the complex and capital-intensive rail infrastructure, and delivering faster, better and safer projects are of key importance to economic development worldwide. What is needed is better use of public sector revenue sources together with greater recourse to private finance. New approaches with private sector participation (PPPs) appear to be the way forward in developing countries to unlock capital and expertise, while they are increasingly used in the OECD bloc.

Alongside the UIC General Assembly, which gathers railway leaders worldwide, the present workshop aims to overview and assess the current state of PPPs in railways and the future opportunities and challenges they offer. It will bring together international PPP experts across all relevant backgrounds, to discuss the requirements for a greater anticipation and follow up capacity within national railways for both having a global view of PPP projects and fostering private investment, all with regard to sustainable development, economic, operational and legal considerations.

Objectives
The purpose of the workshop is to provide a practical overview on best practices in rail PPPs, help reach a more mature understanding of PPP schemes and discuss the tools to effectively address risk sharing mechanisms and oversee long-term management.

The main discussion topics include:

  • Global rail PPP principles: Why choose a PPP scheme? When is it well suited? How to address it?
  • Common project preparation barriers and capacity gaps (formulation of major members’ needs and main barriers to lunching successful and well-balanced PPPs)
  • Priorities and key success factors for project identification, preparation and long-term management
  • Outlook on a harmonised railway approach to PPPs and the role of a central body to concentrate best practice and provide guidance on rail PPPs

Target Group
This workshop will be of particular interest to UIC members and all the public and private stakeholders, at the global level, which look forward to boosting their PPP capabilities or are involved in implementing PPPs in the rail sector. This includes policy makers, public officials, private sector service providers, funders and advisers, academics and international organisations.

Registration
There is no charge for participation; however places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. To reserve your place please complete the form below.

http://events.uic.org/workshop-unlocking-finance-for-railways?var_mode=calcul

Sponsorship opportunities

Please contact:
Zakaryae Boudi, Economic Development Advisor: boudi@uic.org
Nick Craven, Head of Sustainable Unit: craven@uic.org

Centre for Rail PPPs - An upcoming UIC Observatory

UIC is looking forward to launching a Centre for Rail PPPs, as an assistance body and observatory to be financed by stakeholders, in the belief that UIC is well placed to build a central body concentrating best practice and providing guidance for railway companies on PPPs, underpinned by cutting-edge thinking from high-level experts and practitioners.

The centre will include a comprehensive database of case studies, analyse the lessons learned and leverage the breadth and depth of UIC knowledge to draw out the key success factors for future PPPs in railways.

Role
The Centre for Rail PPPs will attempt to understand what makes a successful public private partnership and describe what can be done by railways to oversee the future opportunities and challenges.

It will discuss the requirements for a greater anticipation and follow up capacity within national railways for both having a global view of PPP projects and fostering private investment, all with regard to sustainable development, economic, operational and legal considerations.

Membership
One key element is to bring together, within the Centre of Rail PPPs UIC members, and all the public and private stakeholders, across the globe, which look forward to boosting their PPP capabilities or are involved in implementing PPPs in the rail sector.

The Centre is accordingly open for policy makers, public officials, private sector service providers, funders and advisers, academics and international organisations.

Call for Membership

For more information on Membership opportunities, please contact:

Zakaryae Boudi, Economic Development Advisor: boudi@uic.org

Nick Craven, Head of Sustainable Unit: craven@uic.org

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Railway Talents looks forward to partnering SNCF’s MoveTech Challenge

UIC’s Railway Talents Programme supports MoveTech, an international contest launched by SNCF and dedicated to the transformation of mobility

“We wanted flying cars, instead we got 140 characters.” Some years ago, this phrase pronounced by the American investor and entrepreneur, Peter Thiel, sounded like a death warrant for the future. It was the end of our childhood dreams, driven away by our much less poetic obsession for communication. Thiel did not choose the example of flying cars by accident: from 1900’s postcards imagining the year 2000, to flying engines in science-fiction movies, mobility has always been one of the highest points of our futuristic fantasies.

Only, the thing is, we still believe strongly in the future. And we know that there is a ton of things to invent to transform mobility. That is why SNCF, the French National Railway Company, is launching MoveTech, the first international competition dedicated to solutions to improve daily commute.

Your Mission

MoveTech is an open innovation contest for dreamers and visionaries. Start-ups, students, freelancers, SNCF members: you have a prototype or a concept that answers to the issues of commute and travel, whatever the distance or means (individual or collective commute, travel alone or carpool)? We’re interested in hearing your ideas!

You have until 15 October, 11:59 pm to submit an idea on one of these four themes:

  • computing and motion planning
  • personalised services
  • interactive and fluid experience
  • and other challenges of daily journeys

SNCF will make the necessary mobility data and APIs available.

Selected projects will be supervised and the best of them will be awarded according to their efforts and the relevance of their solution.

We are convinced that agility and creativity are the best driving forces to keep on believing in the future.

With MoveTech, Railway Talents is happy to support SNCF’s betting on the talent of those who want to build tomorrow’s mobility. We are impatient to meet you!

Are you interested?

Please submit your project here:

https://movetech-sncf.agorize.com/fr/challenges/movetech-sncf?lang=en

Zakaryae Boudi, Economic Development and African Region Advisor:

boudi@uic.org

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CyberSecurity4Rail Conference in Brussels agrees need for closer cooperation and steps towards an EU-wide rail industry ISAC

Last week’s CyberSecurity4Rail conference, held in Brussels for senior members of the rail industry and information security experts, has strongly endorsed the formation of a sector-driven pan-European Rail ISAC (Information Sharing and Analysis Centre). Conference speakers and delegates heard wide-ranging debate on how to effectively combat cyber-crime and cyber-attack and the panel sessions revealed a strong consensus for a structured approach to co-operation in the future.

The conference, held in Brussels on 4th October, was attended by over 120 experts from the railway, IT and cybersecurity industries. Sponsored and hosted by Hit Rail B.V., specialists in the provision of secure cross border connectivity and interoperability solutions in the railway sector, it provided a platform for speakers, panellists and conference participants to be able to consider the current cyber security landscape, legislative responses within the EU and how the railway industry can cooperate to respond more effectively.

It also formed the basis for conference participants to be able to consider and debate on their support for the proposal for a EURail-ISAC and how this might be set up with the support of organisations such as ENISA (European Network and Information Security Agency). Discussions also centred around how this might be combined with initiatives in physical safety such as the Rail Common Occurrence Reporting System coordinated by ERA (European Union Agency of Railways), under an umbrella of shared concerns.

Antonio Lopez, General Manager of conference organisers Hit Rail B.V., said:

With so many senior representatives of rai bodies and experts in cyber security in one place at the same time, it made sense to discuss solutions on how best to cooperate. The speakers’ presentations, panel discussions and post-conference survey results revealed that most attendees were in favour of joint efforts and a common objective to maintain a cyber-secure Single European Railway Area (SERA) through the creation of an EU-wide ISAC.

The discussions were in response to the adoption in July 2016 by the European Parliament of a Directive on security of Network and Information Systems (the NIS Directive). This Directive requires Member States to designate National CSIRTs (Computer Security Incident Response Teams), which are also known as CERTs (Computer Emergency Response Teams). It also created a European cooperation group (EU-CSIRT Network), supported by ENISA, which will facilitate exchange of information between CSIRTs/CERTs concerning incidents within Member States and cross-border incidents.

The NIS Directive emphasises the need for operators of essential services and digital service providers to take appropriate security measures and to notify serious incidents to the relevant national authority (relevant CSIRT/CERT) when cyber security threats or breaches occur.

A full house at CyberSecurity4Rail in Brussels, 4th October

The CyberSecurity4Rail conference was an ideal occasion for progress to be made. The wide-ranging conference programme included presentations from senior representatives from across the industries, including representatives from two EU Directorates concerned with cyber security, Carlos Mestre-Zamarreño of DG-MOVE, and Dr Florent Frederix of DG-CONNECT. Speakers also included security expert Corrado Giustozzi of SELTA SpA, Dr Josef Doppelbauer from ERA, Dr Libor Lochman from the Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies (CER), Marie-Hélène Bonneau from the International Union of Railways (UIC), as well as Rossella Mattioli from ENISA and many senior information security officers from railway organisations and related industries. Hit Rail’s Technical Director Mick Haynes also gave a detailed presentation covering secure networks for collaborative services, and how a VPN can ensure secure traffic through segmentation of sensitive data away from other channels.

In his closing keynote, Carlo Borghini, Director of Shift2Rail concluded that the conference had been very constructive and he encouraged the attendees to take away the messages on how to collaborate together in practical ways, reducing replication and divergence, sharing innovation and combatting cyber threats.

Antonio Lopez, General Manager of Hit Rail, concluded:

We are delighted with the success of this conference. Demand for places meant we had to hire a bigger venue and we had an almost full house with 120 attendees on the day, demonstrating how important this topic has become for the industry. During the conference we made excellent progress, more than we as facilitators of the conference could have envisaged when we set out the initial concept. I am very encouraged by the spirit of cooperation and determination to combat the risks and fight back against the threats we all face in cyber security.

CyberSecurity4Rail is the third in a series of workshops that Hit Rail has held for the railway industry. For more information on the conference and its outcomes please visit the website at: https://www.hitrail.com/events/cyber-security-for-railways-conference-2017

For further information at UIC please contact Marie-Hélène Bonneau, Senior Advisor UIC Security Department:

bonneau@uic.org

Press enquiries Hit Rail:
sheila.lashford@hitrail.com

For more information please visit http://www.hitrail.com/ or send an email to info@hitrail.com.

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UIC participates in high-level meeting on Tourism Policies for Sustainable and Inclusive Growth

From 2 – 3 October 2017, the OECD Tourism Committee organised a High-Level Meeting on Tourism Policies for Sustainable and Inclusive Growth which brought together ministers, senior policy makers and industry leaders to discuss ways to deliver more sustainable and inclusive tourism growth.

This event marked the occasion of the 100th meeting of the Tourism Committee and supports the future policy agenda of OECD members and partner countries.

The main discussed subjects were:

  • Fostering a whole-of-government approach in tourism
  • Analysing megatrends to better shape the future of tourism
  • Leveraging investment for sustainable and inclusive tourism growth

Marc Guigon, UIC Senior Advisor for Passenger Transport, participated in this meeting and spoke about the following topics:

  • Sustainable mobility and tourism are indissociable concepts and have co-existed since railways began
  • Tourist trains are attractive products which contribute to the future trends of territorial development, and can create synergies between private and public sector
  • The UIC TOPRAIL project merges many actors from all around the world to promote tourist trains
  • Intermodality air-rail is important for the development of sustainable tourism with minimum carbon footprint
  • It is a megatrend for urban tourism which uses a combination of plane and train tickets, as it is done in some countries
  • Intermodality is an approach to be taken into account in government policies and UIC is avilable to support these policies

(© OECD)

For further information please contact Marc Guigon, UIC Senior Advisor for Passenger Transport:

guigon@uic.org

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2nd meeting this year of Commercial and Distribution Forum groups held from 4 – 5 October 2017 in Paris

Marc Guigon, from UIC, reported on the latest news relating to their activities and management. The most important was the announcement that Iñaki Barrón had been appointed to take on a new international assignment by his seconding company. It was also announced that the “Commercial and Distribution Forum” will change its name. It will become a Sector for some Passenger issues.

At the commercial group, there were presentations by the different chairmen on their working group’s current issues: IRT (Integrated Reservation Tickets), NRT (Non-Reservation Tickets), EWT (East-West Tariffs). Among them, EURAIL gave a presentation on the current activities and market developments and CIT presented the latest news on Passenger rights and new CIT products. For the first time, Ecopassenger took the floor and informed the commercial assistants about the tool developed by UIC which is able to compare the energy consumption, CO2 and exhaust atmospheric emissions for planes, cars and trains for passenger transport. Some railway undertakings already use these figures when issuing their tickets.

The day after, at the Joint Commercial and Technical meeting, there were updates on the Graphical Seat reservation project and PATRIC current activities. There was also a discussion on status and options forward relating MERITS project. Now, the MERITS tool allows Railway Undertakings to be compliant with TAP-TSI regulation before the end of this year. A point was also made on the work done to give third party access to MERITS integrated data.

Members of IRT, NRT and EWT were invited by the Technical Group to join a dedicated working group in charge of designing an “E-ticketing” and “Security in System” in international distribution taking place during 2018.

The Technical Group meeting presented the work programme for 2018:

The group will focus on e- ticketing, will support the requirements for IT & Distribution from CG and related subgroups: it will study the possible integration with interfaces of other modes of transport and start cooperating with the UIC Digital Department.

At the TG, there were also presentations given by the different chairmen on their workgroup’s current issues: TAG (Ticketing Action group), REG (Reservation Expert Group), TAP-MD (Maintenance and Development).

Meeting assistants noted that the next Commercial and Technical meetings are to be held on 14 and 15 March 2018 at UIC HQ in Paris.

For further information please contact Marc Guigon, Senior Advisor Passenger Transport:

guigon@uic.org

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TOPRAIL 3rd Workshop on Sustainable Tourism by Rail held in Paris

The third workshop on sustainable tourism by rail and TOPRAIL meeting was held at UIC Headquarters in Paris on 3 October. It was chaired by Mr Carles Casas (FGC), president of the group. The work session was opened by Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, UIC Director General. UIC was also represented by Mrs Vanessa Pérez, Advisor for the Passenger and High Speed Department, Mrs Alexandra Lefebvre, Head of the Mediacentre and Mrs Marie Luz Philippe from the UIC Sustainable Unit.

Representatives from ÖBB, RZD, KORAIL, JR-EAST, MAV-START, FERROVIE DELLO STATO ITALIANE (FS), TRAINOSE, FGC, UNECTO, WATTRAIN and the European Federation of Museums and Tourist Railways (FEDECRAIL) attended the meeting.

UIC, and its TOPRAIL group have recently launched two important documents in support of the United Nations Year of International Sustainable Tourism, 2017.

  • The TOPRAIL Charter on Sustainable Rail Tourism;
  • A set of Guidelines for Reporting on Sustainable Rail Tourism

By signing the Charter TOPRAIL members had showed their commitment to sustainable management by maximising social and economic benefits to their local communities and minimising and minimising negative impact. The Guidelines have been developed as a tool to demonstrate this commitment.

The 3rd workshop on Sustainable Tourism by Rail focused on the practical use of the Guidelines, which have been developed for members to leverage their existing sustainable development activities by using a set of indicators for international reporting.

Future actions of the TOPRAIL group were also discussed during the meeting.
The growing interest of the site, with more than 90,000 visitors during the last months, and the impact of the project in the media were highlighted, as well as the opportunities derived from the use of the social network.

It was agreed to keep on working on some ideas related to customer service and tourism trends to better understand the market, the challenges and the opportunities of the Rail Tourism Worldwide.

To that aim an international conference will be organised in 2018 to bring together the tourism industry and railway operators, as well as other key stakeholders, to analyse and discuss the key challenges of enhancing World Rail Tourism taking into consideration the tourism megatrends and the position of the railway sector to face them.

The next opportunity to join the group will be at the next meeting to be held in Madrid during the third week of January, at the same time as the International Tourism Fair in Spain (Fitur).

For further information please contact Vanessa Perez Miranda, Advisor for the UIC Passenger Department:

perez@uic.org

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3rd UIC Asia-Pacific Photo Contest – Voting Process

We invite you to click on the three photos you have chosen by 10 October 2017!

Prizes will be awarded to the best, most attractive or most amazing pictures to be voted by 5000 e-News readers.

A calendar will be printed for the year 2018 with the 12 best photos.

In order to vote please click on the link below:

http://events.uic.org/3rd-uic-asia-pacific-photo-contest

For further information please contact Béatrice Ségéral:

segeral@uic.org

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China: EMU Train Service Begins on Shimen-Changsha Railway

EMU Train D7578 from Changsha to Shimen North departed from Changsha Railway Station at 8am on 21 September, marking it the first EMU train in operation on Shimen-Changsha Railway. Changde and Yiyang in Hunan Province now enter the era of the EMU trains.

Located in the northwest of Hunan Province, Shimen-Changsha Railway starts from Shimen North Station of Jiaozuo-Liuzhou Railway in the west and ends at Laodaohe Station of Beijing-Guangzhou Railway in the east, with a total length of 265 kilometres.
It serves as a major railway corridor connecting central Hunan and northwest Hunan.

Since 21 September, eight EMU trains have been scheduled to be put into service on Shimen-Changsha Railway on a daily basis. The operation of the EMU trains is expected to effectively ease capacity shortage and greatly improve service quality during peak hours on the Changsha-Yiyang and Changsha-Changde sections.

(Source: CR)

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United States: FRA releases Georgia-Tennessee High-Speed Rail Record of Decision

On September 29, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) released a Tier I combined Final Environmental Impact Statement and Record of Decision (FEIS/ROD) for the High-Speed Ground Transportation (HSGT) project that will ultimately connect Atlanta to Chattanooga, Tennessee. The FEIS/ROD marks the completion of the Tier I environmental review process under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and documents FRA’s identification of a preferred corridor.

“This project will benefit both Atlanta and Chattanooga with more efficient transportation, while also providing rail access to the rural communities in the region,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao. “This has been a long time in the making and represents a response to numerous transportation needs along the I-75 corridor.”

The HSGT project would run approximately 120 miles along Interstate 75 and provide a competitive and more reliable transportation choice for people traveling between Atlanta and Chattanooga. The chosen corridor includes eight rail stations and is estimated to take 88 minutes of travel time from the first to last station along the corridor. The route would begin on the east side of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (HJAIA) at the proposed HJAIA/Southern Crescent Station and end at a proposed downtown Chattanooga station.

“This combined FEIS and ROD is a product of nine years’ work from FRA and its state partners,” said FRA Deputy Administrator Heath Hall. “The administration is working diligently to remove barriers, which slow down the environmental process so that people can get to work rebuilding the nation’s infrastructure.”
The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) studied the corridor as part of Georgia’s 1997 Intercity Rail Plan, which recommended further study – specifically with an emphasis on high-speed rail service. During the scoping process of the study, GDOT and the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) identified 15 unique corridors between Atlanta and Chattanooga. GDOT and TDOT then subjected those corridors to a screening process and ultimately narrowed down three corridors for the FEIS.

The FEIS/ROD provides information on train technology, maximum operating speeds and station location options. However, decisions on these issues, as well as the exact alignment within the preferred corridor, will be part of a Tier II NEPA study, if additional funding is secured.

(Source: US DoT)

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Russia: RZD Holding to take part in reconstruction and modernisation of Cuba’s railway infrastructure

RZD International, a subsidiary of Russian Railways, and the Union of Railways “Cuban Railways” have signed a contractual agreement on a project to restore and modernise the railway infrastructure of the Republic of Cuba.
The document was signed in Moscow on 21 September 2017 within the framework of the plenary session of the Intergovernmental Russian-Cuban Commission for Trade and Economic, Scientific and Technical Cooperation.
The session was held under the leadership of the Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Dmitry Rogozin on the Russian side and the Deputy Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Cuba Ricardo Cabrisas Ruiz on the Cuban side.

In the run-up to the Intergovernmental Russian-Cuban Commission, negotiations were also held between the President of Russian Railways Oleg Belozerov and Mr. Ricardo Cabrisas Ruiz. The parties discussed Russian-Cuban cooperation in the field of railway transport.

The document fixes the main terms of the future contract for the project to restore and modernise the railway infrastructure of the Republic of Cuba.
It is planned that the contract itself, which provides for the repair of railway lines of varying complexity, the reconstruction of artificial structures and the supply of construction, railway and track equipment, will be concluded before the end of 2017 after the parties finalise the agreement’s separate aspects.

A Memorandum of Strategic Partnership between Russian Railways and the Cuban Railways Union was also signed on the margins of the Intergovernmental Russian-Cuban Commission.

The Memorandum was signed by Alexander Misharin, First Vice President of Russian Railways, and Mr. Del Toro Quesada, Deputy Managing Director of the Union of Railways “Cuban Railways.”

(Source: RZD)

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Finland: Rauma fairway made more intelligent and safer

Meritaito Ltd has installed 33 smart beacons on the fairway maintained by the Finnish Transport Agency and the Port of Rauma. The new beacons increase the safety of the fairway and save money. Finland is an international pioneer in modernising marine safety equipment.

Rauma’s busy fairway is one of the world’s most modern sea routes. This is because in the autumn, 33 new beacons were installed in the fairway. From the beginning of October, pilots and the Maritime Transport Centre may adjust the light output of these new beacons. The light output can be easily adjusted even by smartphone.
“The adjustability increases safety, because the pilot can choose just the right light output for the entire fairway or just a single beacon. For example, in foggy weather, the beacon’s twilight switch would not know that light output is to be increased due to poor visibility,” explains Meritaito’s expert Tero Tuominen.
Meritaito is the contractor of Rauma’s smart fairway project and the developer and owner of the SeaDatics system. SeaDatics is a system for monitoring the status of marine safety equipment and if necessary, controlling the light output of beacons. All changes in light output will remain in the log so it is possible to retrospectively determine who set the lights and when, for how long and to what intensity.
According to works supervisor, Kalle Rantala, the installation work related to safety equipment went according to plan and within the agreed timetable.

Smart brings saving
Improving the safety of Rauma’s fairway was particularly important as the safe clearance depth of the fairway will increase from 10 meters to 12 meters in the new year. This means that ships calling at the port may be considerably larger than those visiting the port at present.

Intelligent beacons also save money for the organisation in charge if their maintenance, as the lights on the devices can be dimmed when there is no traffic on the fairway. This will improve the battery life of the beacons.
“It could be compared with setting the brightness of a flashlight; if the brightness is set at full, the battery will be discharge quickly. At sea, replacing batteries is slightly more difficult, so longer service life will significantly reduce maintenance costs,” explains Project Manager Joonatan Ahlroos from the Finnish Transport Agency.

Will there soon be several smart fairways in Finland?

Rauma’s smart fairway is part of the Finnish Transport Agency’s digitalisation project. One of the aims of the project is to make navigation safer and more efficient. Adding intelligence to the fairway is one way to achieve these goals.
“We have experimented with smart beacons already on the Färjsund ferry, and received very positive feedback from the pilots. This encouraged us to turn the Rauma fairway into a smart fairway. If the experiences are positive in Rauma, it is possible that smart fairways will also appear in the next few years on other seafronts maintained by the Finnish Transport Agency,” adds Ahlroos.

(Source: FTA)

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Latvia/Belarus: LDz and Belarusian Railways will develop a new offer of express train for a fast processing of cargo

On 3 October, VAS (State Joint Stock Company) “Latvijas dzelzceļš” (LDz) and Belarusian Railway agreed on closer cooperation, offering their customers faster and more favourable cargo transportation between Minsk and Riga, as well as to develop a new offer: cargo express train “Minsk-Riga”. This is provided by the cooperation memorandum between LDz and Belarusian Railway.

The memorandum was signed by the heads of both companies provides to launch the pilot project of express train “Riga-Minsk”. Considering the interest of clients in fast cargo movement between the capitals of Latvia and Belarus, the railway companies plan to offer their customers an express train that would be, upon the customers’s request, sent from Minsk to Riga or vice versa within 28 hours.

The President of LDz Edvīns Bērziņš said: “We work to satisfy the demand of our customers to transport cargo; however, our long-term goal is to ensure regular cargo movement at all the key routes. Therefore, development of a new and fast transport flow between Riga and Minsk will allow us to process our customers’ requests faster. Considering the growing significance of Belarus in the context of the joint project of Belarus and China “The Large Stone” being developed near Minsk, our offer will allow us to process cargo coming from this new point of logistics.

The signed memorandum is the next step to strengthen position of LDz in the Belarusian transit and logistics market. At the beginning of this year, a representative office of LDz was opened in Minsk, the goal of which is to foster development of business relations with Belarusian companies and organisations, gather information on the Belarusian market segments in which LDz is interested and attract cargo to the Latvian transit industry.

The memorandum was signed this week in the Belarusian capital of Minsk within the framework of the Transport Week of Belarus. At the same time, LDz and its subsidiaries took part in an international industry exhibition, and the LDz President Bērziņš presented LDz as a trustworthy service provider for cargo transport between Asia and Europe at an international conference “Connecting Belarusian Transport and Logistics System with the Silk Way”.

(Source: LDz)

Next meetings scheduled

  • 18-20 October 2017 Statistics Steering Committee Meeting UIC
  • 19-22 October 2017 Next Station Conference Madrid
  • 19 October 2017 Freight Steering Committee
  • 23-28 October 2017 International Railway Safety Council (IRSC) HONG KONG
  • 24-28 October 2017 Intercity & High Speed Committee Plenary meeting Shanghai
  • 24 October 2017 RSF Plenary
  • 25 October 2017 OptiYard TMC Meeting UIC Headquarters
  • 25 October 2017 Optiyard SMC meeting UIC Headquarters
  • 26-27 October 2017 OptiYard Kick-off meeting UIC Headquarters
  • 26-27 October 2017 Expertise Development Platform Rome, Italy
  • 30-31 October 2017 16th UIC Asia-Pacific Management Committee Saint-Petersburg, Russia
  • 30-31 October 2017 Commercial and Distribution Steering Committee Conference Call
  • 30 October 2017 CDF Steering Committee Conference Call
  • 30 October 2017 Commercial and Distribution Forum Steering Committee conference call
  • 31 October 2017 - 1 November 2017 24th UIC Asia-Pacific Regional Assembly Saint-Petersburg, Russia
  • 6 November 2017 Commercial and Distribution Forum plenary meeting Paris
  • 7 November 2017 European Management committee Assistants Paris
  • 7 November 2017 European Group of Assistants Paris
  • 8-10 November 2017 10th APNRTC (Asia-Pacific Network of Railway Training Centres) Chengdu, China
  • 8-9 November 2017 APNRTC (Asia Pacific Network of Rail Training Centres) SWJTU, Chengdu, China
  • 8 November 2017 91st General Assembly Preparatory Group Paris
  • 13-18 November 2017 5th Training on High Speed Systems Level II Madrid
  • 14 November 2017 Safety Platform Steering Group meeting UIC HQ PARIS
  • 15 November 2017 Safety Platform Plenary meeting UIC HQ PARIS
  • 21-24 November 2017 Commuter and regional Training Rome

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