Background on Pop-Up Metro
Pop-Up Metro is an initiative intended to
expand the size of the rail transit market by allowing metropolitan areas
with existing light-density rail freight lines to establish demonstration
operations of a rail transit system on a rapid timeline and for the cost
that they might otherwise pay for a consulting study.
will lease trains, platforms, battery charging kit and an integration
package, including operating and maintenance regimes.
Metro demonstration operation, based on Vivarail battery trains, is in the
process of being established in the USA and will be operational and
available to demonstrate proof-of-concept no later than early 2021.
An additional benefit of Pop-Up Metro is proof-of-market in addition
to proof-of-concept, thus substantially reducing the risk of the
traditional approach of building the system first and then seeing if the
Introduction to Pop-Up Metro USA
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Background on Vivarail
Founded in 2012, Vivarail's primary
objective has been to build a new type of passenger rolling stock for
urban, commuter and rural railways across Britain, based on conversion of
former London subway trains (D78) into ground-breaking Class 230
Vivarail is led by retired Chiltern Railways
Shooter and includes a development team with a combined 200+
years' experience in railway engineering and operations.
is based at a rail-connected site in central England with full
manufacturing facilities and a dedicated 4km test track.
2014, RDC purchased a 50% interest in Vivarail in association with its
Class 230 DEMU prototype made its debut operating as a special shuttle
service from Honeybourne to Long Marston for visitors attending the Rail
Live 2017 event. The middle car demonstrated a range of seating options,
spacious toilet, WiFi and USB sockets.
"Riding the Class 230 Vivarail D-Train"
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