New York’s MTA begins to roll out mobile ticketing
A new mobile ticketing and fare collection system has gone live on the New York MTA (Metropolitan Transportation Authority), North America’s largest transportation network, and is being progressively rolled out across the system.

Masabi’s JustRide mobile ticketing platform in conjunction with the MTA eTix mobile ticketing app is now operating on the Metro North Railroad (MNR) and Long Island Rail Road (LIRR). Together, JustRide and eTix enable passengers to use their smartphones as an all-in-one ticket vending machine and ticket.

The technology is currently live on MNR’s Hudson Line and LIRR’s Port Washington Lines, and will be made available on all other lines over the next few months, with the full rollout completed by the end of the summer.

Masabi’s JustRide Inspect validation application is also being introduced. This allows tickets to be scanned using a standard smartphone, at a fraction of the cost of traditional options.

Active deployments of this new technology can be found of major cities including Los Angeles, Boston, New Orleans, Athens and London.

Alstom consortium to supply ITCS signalling system for Qinghai-Tibet Railway in China
A consortium of Alstom and its Chinese joint venture CASCO Signalling Co Ltd, has been awarded a contract to supply and improve the incremental train control system (ITCS) signalling solution on the Qinghai-Tibet regional line.

The €15m contract applies to a 1,145 km-long section of the line between Gelmod and Lhasa, and is to be completed by the end of August 2018. The section includes 45 stations on which passenger regional and freight trains operate.

The signalling improvements are part of a wider upgrade aimed at boosting capacity on the line. 13 new stations will also be completed by the end of 2016, and 18 existing stations are to be revamped and/or relocated by the end of 2017.

“This contract is a breakthrough for Alstom after the successful integration of GE signalling. With an enhanced signalling solution portfolio addressing urban, regional and mainline, and through our strategic local partner CASCO, we are China’s preferred partner to support its railway projects throughout the country,” said Ling Fang, managing director of China and East Asia for Alstom.

MoU brings the high speed rail link between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur a step closer
The governments of Malaysia and Singapore have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) setting out how the Kuala Lumpur – Singapore High Speed Rail Project is to be developed. The 350 km route will run between termini at Jurong East, Singapore, and at the Bandar Malaysia, 7 km from central Kuala Lumpur.

There are to be six intermediate stations in Putrajaya, Seremban, Ayer Keroh, Muar, Batu Pahat and at Iskandar Puteri on the Malaysia/Singapore border, with an aim to open the line by around 2026.

The MoU includes technical parameters, the commercial model, border procedures, the regulatory framework and project management, and also reinforces the governments’ commitment to open tendering designed to encourage participation from worldwide suppliers. The MoU follows extensive discussions between the transport authorities of the two countries. A legally-binding bilateral agreement is expected to be signed later this year.

Each government will be responsible for developing, constructing and maintaining the civil works and stations within its territory, through the Malaysian government’s project delivery company MyHSR Corp, and Singapore Land Transport Authority’s HSR Group.

An international tender will be called to appoint an asset management company, AssetsCo, which will supply and maintain the track, power, signalling and telecoms and trainsets, which will run at more than 300 km/h.