Plan for new high-speed rail in Istanbul waiting for approval

07/06/2017 (Sabah - Turkey): As Turkey continues to invest heavily in transportation projects to increase connectivity and ease traffic congestion, there is now a plan for a new high-speed railway (HSR) project in Istanbul, which will include the route between Gebze-Sabiha Gökçen Airport, Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge and Istanbul's new airport route. The proposed plan envisions high connectivity between the Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge and the new airport and has been submitted to the Higher Planning Council (YPK). The latest HSR line is projected to be 124-kilometers long and will support the rail traffic between Asia and Europe.

Turkish section of BTK railway to be ready by late June

05/06/2017 (Trend - Azerbaijan): The Turkish section of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars (BTK) railway will be ready by late June 2017, Ahmet Arslan, Turkey’s minister of transport, maritime affairs and communications, said. He made the remarks during the inspection of the BTK railway, which is being built in Turkey’s Kars province, the country’s Ministry of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications said in a message.The message said that at present, some minor work remains to be done to complete the railway construction project. The BTK railway is being constructed on the basis of the Georgian-Azerbaijani-Turkish intergovernmental agreement.

Ukraine to terminate railway communication with Russia

25/05/2017 (Pravda - Russia): Ukraine intends to terminate railway passenger traffic with Russia. Restrictions can be introduced as early as in July of this year. Kiev has not made an official statement on the subject yet, but the idea is being actively promoted by Secretary of the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine,  Alexander Turchynov and Verkhovna Rada Speaker Andrei Parubiy. According to the Kommersant, Ukraine will terminate railway communication with Russia over the unwillingness of the Russian side to suspend the railway transportation of passengers from DonetskIt is worthy of note that Ukraine cut cargo transportation with Russia in the middle of May. Ukraine's Minister for Infrastructure Vladimir Omelyan denied the reports. According to him, the Ukrainian government does not consider an issue to terminate railway communication with the Russian Federation.


Chinese rail maker develops smart bus

03/06/2017 (China Daily - China): CHANGSHA - A Chinese rail maker announced on Friday that it has developed a type of smart bus to tap China's lucrative urban transit market. The ART, Autonomous Rail Rapid Transit, was developed by the research arm of CRRC Zhuzhou Locomotive Co Ltd, which produces key parts for China's high-speed railway. A standard bus is about 30 meters long and equipped with sensors that can read the dimensions of roads and plan its own route, said Feng Jianghua, chief engineer of the institute. "It is like having a virtual rail for the bus," said Feng. A standard bus has three carriages with a capacity of 300 people. A five-carriage bus can hold as many as 500 passengers. Feng said it holds more people and is easier to maneuver than a regular bus.


Georgia, Iran, Azerbaijan to Launch Transport Corridor

10/06/2017 (Financial Tribune - Iran): Heads of Georgian, Iranian and Azerbaijani railroads have discussed the issue of launching the new South-West Transport Corridor where Georgia will play a vital transit role connecting Persian Gulf and India to Europe. In a meeting held in the Georgian capital Tbilisi on Tuesday, the three sides agreed to create a working group to coordinate joint work, Tbilisi-based newspaper Georgia Today reported. The countries involved believe that the main advantage of the new project is the reduction of the distance and delivery time, as cargo transportation from Persian Gulf and India to Europe usually takes 30-40 days.  It was also decided to launch negotiations with sea freight carriers to optimize the prices for cargo transportation on the sea section of the route.