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    Rio de Janeiro: Overcoming decades of inaction


    As host city for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, Rio de Janeiro was able to develop new tram and BRT routes, but ambitious plans to expand the city’s small metro network have made limited progress. Benjámin Zelki investigates.

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    Novosibirsk: Evolution in Siberia


    Plans for RER-style suburban services have been agreed in Russia’s third largest metropolis, augmenting the city’s small metro and a revitalised tram network. Vladimir Waldin reports.

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    Technology: Early diagnosis prevents bearing failure


    Advanced vibration analysis techniques have been deployed to assess Chinese metro trainsets, helping to detect early signs of bearing damage and prevent a catastrophic axlebox failure.

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    Netherlands: Uithoflijn opens at last


    December 16 saw the long-awaited opening of the Uithoflijn light rail route linking central Utrecht with the city’s Science Park, as part of a programme that includes the rebuilding of the existing Nieuwegein sneltram line. Dr Harry Hondius investigates.

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    Boston: Building a Better T


    Work is in full swing on an $8bn, five-year programme of enhancements to Boston’s urban rail networks, aimed at improving resilience, performance and capacity.