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Coming of the Tempe Streetcar

Coming of the Tempe Streetcar

With an innovative new urban streetcar due to open on 20 May and expansion of its existing LRT system underway, Vic Simons revisits Arizona.

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A life without wires

A life without wires

Mott MacDonald’s Chris Tindall assesses the positives and negatives of a range of technologies promoted as an alternative to traditional LRT electrification.

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Tram-train learning

Tram-train learning

Simon Coulthard and Alex Dodds of Network Rail’s Light Rail Team describe the creation of the innovative online data resource which presents a ‘warts and all’ overview of the UK’s tram-train pilot.

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Where the UK went wrong

Where the UK went wrong

Tony Young examines the many and complex reasons why the UK doesn’t have more second-generation tramways when so many were promised.

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Addressing the climate crisis

Addressing the climate crisis

The issues surrounding sustainable transport infrastructure design have never been as important as cities face increasing instances of extreme weather events. TAUT looks at the some of the resilience measures being implemented for new light rail systems around the world.

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Forchbahn: Fit for the future

Forchbahn: Fit for the future

An ambitious programme to renovate the Swiss Forchbahn to increase capacity and make it fully-accessible will soon be underway. Andrew Thompson explores the plans in detail.

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Next-generation traction batteries

Next-generation traction batteries

As urban rail systems increasingly move away from fixed electrification infrastructure, Saft’s Pierre Prenleloup discusses the latest developments in onboard traction battery technology.

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Driving safety improvements for all

Driving safety improvements for all

Highly Commended at the 2021 Global Light Rail Awards, a new risk management model developed by the organisation driving sector-wide safety standards is now being widely adopted by operators and duty holders in the UK. Carl Williams explains the project’s key elements and the benefits it will bring.

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European Light Rail Congress 2021 – Zaragoza

European Light Rail Congress 2021 – Zaragoza

The European Light Rail Congress brings together leading opinion-formers and decision-makers from across Europe for two days of debate around the role of technology in the development of sustainable urban travel.

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Your night to shine?

Your night to shine?

The Global Light Rail Awards is tomorrow (2 October) – will this be your night to shine? Join the industry in celebrating light rail excellence and innovation over the past 12 months.

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APTA EXPO

Held just once every three years, APTA EXPO is the world’s largest showcase of technology, products, and services related to the public transportation industry.

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Heritage calendar highlights

A number of cities are to host tempting events for those interested in heritage tramway operations this year; among them Antwerp, the Rittnerbahn in Italy, and Zürich.

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SmartRail Europe

SmartRail Europe

SmartRail Europe – 5-6 April 2017, Amsterdam – is the annual show for railway infrastructure managers, train operating companies, system and data integrators and technology suppliers to create the digital railway of the future.

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