Urban transport news from the Americas

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    New York MTA seeks open-gangway Subway cars to renew A Division fleet

    2020-02-25T12:27:00Z

    R262 Rendering USA: New York MTA announced on February 24 plans to design and purchase up to 1 500 Subway cars with an open-gangway configuration for its A Division of numbered lines. The five-car R262 sets would replace 1 139 R62 and R62A cars ...

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    Los Angeles Metro secures final Purple Line extension grant

    2020-02-24T14:58:00Z

    USA: Los Angeles Metro has secured a $1·3bn federal Department of Transportation grant for the completion of the 10·3 km Purple Line extension. The funding confirmed on February 11 is expected to be finalised in March following a mandatory 30-days Congressional approval process for transport grants. ...

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    Chicago Red Line extension consulting contract let

    2020-02-20T15:18:00Z

    USA: The Chicago Transit Authority approved a contract for the planning and preliminary engineering services of the 8·5 km Red Line extension to T Y Lin International Great Lakes on February 10. The three-year contract worth $38·3bn has up to six one-year extensions, and is the ...

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    Goiânia on-demand minibuses complete first year

    2020-02-20T10:55:00Z

    BRAZIL: Latin America’s on-demand shuttle ride service completed a year of operation on February 18, having carried 80 000 passengers. The CityBus 2.0 project launched in Goiás’ state capital Goiânia in February 2019 with 15 minibuses covering 11 neighbourhoods, before expanding to a fleet of 40 ...

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    Keolis joins Greentown Labs startup incubator

    2020-02-19T06:00:00Z

    USA: Keolis has joined the Greentown Labs Global Center for Cleantech Innovation as ‘terawatt-level’ partner, the highest level of engagement. The Greentown campus in Somerville, Massachusetts, offers startup companies resources including prototyping and wet lab space, shared offices, a machine shop and an electronics lab. It ...

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    OMNY contactless payment rollout continues in New York

    2020-02-11T11:19:00Z

    Cubic Transportation systems demonstrated OMNY readers at the Transport Ticketing Global event in London US: New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority expects to expand its OMNY account-based contactless fare payment system to include Subway lines 2, 5 and 6 in the Bronx by the end of February. ...

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    São Paulo Metro develops a station navigation system for blind passengers

    2020-02-07T11:07:00Z

    BRAZIL: Metrô de São Paulo has developed an infrared navigation system to help blind passengers navigate stations. The ‘Siga Fácil’ system uses an infrared receptor device that attaches to a user’s mobile phones to receive directions from transmitters installed throughout a station. The directions can then ...

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    San Francisco Bay transport integration proposal

    2020-02-07T09:44:00Z

    USA: Californian Assemblyman David Chiu has put forward a bill which would require all 27 transit agencies throughout the San Francisco Bay Area’s nine counties to create a ‘seamlessly integrated public transport system’. The Bay Area Seamless Transit Act filled on February 4 proposes that agencies ...

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    Metro de Panamá awards Line 3 contract

    2020-02-05T11:22:00Z

    PANAMA: Metro de Panamá awarded a U$2·5bn contract for the construction of Line 3 to South Korean consortium HPH Joint Venture on February 04. The HPH joint venture of Hyundai Engineering Construction Co, POSCO and Hyundai Engineering Co has been chosen for the 54-month ...

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    Bogotá Metro changes metro and BRT lines

    2020-02-05T11:15:00Z

    COLOMBIA: The Mayor of Bogotá Claudia López has announced a new transport plan for the city, including the extension of the future Bogotá Metro’s first line and a change of the proposed Transmilenio bus rapid transit route. The 4·1km metro extension would run from Calle 72 ...

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    Detroit People Mover runs counter-clockwise for first time in 11 years

    2020-02-04T16:05:00Z

    USA: The Detroit People Mover is operating counter-clockwise for the first time since 2008. According to the Detroit Transportation Corp, a major rail replacement on the circular line led to a reverse direction operational testing in December 2019. The testing ‘determined that there is an advantage ...

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    FTA approves $4·55bn of transport grants

    2020-02-04T14:13:00Z

    USA: The Federal Transit Administration has awarded grants totalling $4·55bn to 22 projects. The FTA has granted $18m to various operators in Colorado for projects including the construction of of a bus maintenance facility in Denver and the purchase of a fleet of electric buses and ...

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    Cubic Interactive aims to incentivise public transport use

    2020-02-04T06:00:00Z

    LOYALTY: Cubic Transportation Systems has launched a loyalty platform which is designed to enable transport agencies to incentivise the use of public transport, to reward passengers for engaging with advertising in transport apps and to encourage travel outside the peaks. The first customer for Cubic Interactive ...

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    Faulty Bombardier Subway cars returned to service

    2020-01-30T15:28:00Z

    USA: Bombardier has recalibrated the door mechanisms of 298 New York City Transit R179 Subway cars following two isolated instances of train doors opening between stations. The cars were withdrawn from service on the A, C, J and Z lines on January 8 for analysis, and ...

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    Guelph buses to get greener

    2020-01-24T12:00:00Z

    CANADA: Funding has been announced for three projects to convert the bus fleet in the city of Guelph in Ontario to battery operation. The first involves the replacement of 35 diesel buses with battery vehicles and the installation of on-route charging stations. The second is the ...

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    Byford quits New York City Transit

    2020-01-24T10:53:00Z

    USA: New York City Transit President Andy Byford is to leave his role by the end of February. Announcing his resignation on January 23, Byford highlighted the planned restructuring of New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority as a factor in his departure. In his current role, Byford ...

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    Federal funding to support Sound Transit light rail extension

    2020-01-24T09:45:00Z

    USA: Seattle-Tacoma transport authority Sound Transit has been awarded a $790m Full Funding Grant Agreement by the Federal Transit Administration to help fund the 12·6 km Federal Way Link extension of the Seattle light rail network.

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    Federal funding to support innovative approaches to public transport

    2020-01-24T06:00:00Z

    USA: The Federal Transit Administration has launched the Accelerating Innovative Mobility initiative, which Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said would ‘enhance the service, design, and financing of public transportation systems through forward thinking and innovative practices’. AIM includes $11m in challenge grants to help transport agencies experiment ...

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    New York MTA to study passenger options for Brooklyn freight corridor

    2020-01-23T17:09:00Z

    Photo: J M Calisi The Bay Ridge line is primarily used by freight operator New York Atlantic Railway. USA: New York MTA is to launch a formal study of proposals to introduce passenger trains over the 27 km Bay Ridge line in ...

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    New York MTA awards 8th Avenue corridor CBTC contract

    2020-01-21T09:06:00Z

    Source: Joseph Calisi USA: New York MTA has awarded LK Comstock Co a $245·8m contract to install Siemens Mobility Communications-Based Train Control, and undertake other equipment enhancements on the 8th Avenue subway corridor. The contract announced on January 13 covers the local ...