Urban transport news from the Americas

  • Orange County Transportation Authority has selcted Herzog Transit Services for a $45m contract to operate and maintain the 6·7 km OC Streetcar
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    Orange County Streetcar operating contract awarded


    USA: California’s Orange County Transportation Authority has selcted Herzog Transit Services for a $45m contract to operate and maintain the 6·7 km OC Streetcar which is under construction in Santa Ana and Garden Grove for opening in 2022. Herzog Transit Services beat two other bidders for ...

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    Dallas SCADA upgrading contract approved


    USA: The Dallas Area Rapid Transit Board has approved a contract for Alstom Signaling Operations to upgrade its supervisory control data acquisition system, which was installed in 1996. Alstom will replace software, servers, workstations, tunnel ventilation control systems, an overview display wall and a ...

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    Cuenca tramway opens


    ECUADOR: The Cuenca tramway opened for limited passenger services on May 25, with regular services scheduled to start in June. Travel will be free of charge for the first two months. Because of Covid-19 measures, the capacity of each of the eight ...

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    Santiago tenders Line 7 construction


    CHILE: Metro de Santiago has called tenders for construction of the first section of its new east - west Line 7. Bids are due to be submitted by August 26, with the winning bidder expected to be announced in February 2021.

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    FTA clarifies restrictions on the use of federal funding for vehicle orders


    USA: The Federal Transit Administration has published guidance intended to help transport agencies and vehicle manufacturers understand the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020, which imposes limits on the use of federal funding to procure rolling stock from manufacturers controlled by corporations based in certain ...

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    Boston fare collection contract changes approved


    USA: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s Fiscal Management Control Board has approved changes to the public-private partnership contract for a consortium of Cubic Transportation Systems and John Laing to modernise its fare collection systems. MBTA said the amendments would ensure ‘an achievable and enforceable schedule’ ...

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    New York to halt overnight Subway service under Covid-19 measures


    Photos: J M Calisi Subway ridership has collapsed since the onset of the coronavirus crisis in New York. USA: As part of its Covid-19 measures, New York MTA is to end overnight operation of the New York Subway with effect from May 6. This will ...

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    BART increases opportunities for small businesses


    USA: San Francisco Bay Area metro operator BART says it is taking ‘unprecedented steps’ to increase the opportunities available to small businesses during the coronavirus outbreak. ‘We are actively soliciting as many small businesses as possible to help us with essential work’ said Fei Liu of ...

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    Sacramento orders low-floor light rail vehicles


    USA: Sacramento Regional Transit District has decided to replace its fleet of ageing high-floor light rail vehicles with low-floor cars to be supplied by local manufacturer Siemens Mobility Inc. SacRT’s first order for new rolling stock in 20 years covers 20 S700 vehicles together with spare ...

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    ​São Paulo Line 2 extension work starts


    Photo: Benjamin Zelki BRAZIL: Construction started on April 5 of an 8∙3 km northeastern extension of São Paulo metro Line 2 from Vila Prudente to Penha. Initial works comprise archaeological surveys and groundwater pumping tests at the sites of planned stations at Vila Formosa, Penha and ...

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    Lead technical adviser appointed for Hurontario light rail project


    CANADA: Metrolinx and Infrastructure Ontario have appointed Stantec to provide technical advisory services for the Hurontario LRT project. As lead technical adviser, Stantec will provide design, construction and commissioning oversight through to the planned opening in late 2024. Design review services have already commenced. Stantec will ...

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    BART reduces services and redeploys staff to capital projects as ridership drops to 7%


    USA: The San Francisco Bay Area’s BART metro is to withdraw alternate trains to reduce its weekday service from 15 min to 30 min headways from April 8 until further notice. The operator said ridership data showed that social distancing would remain possible on all trains, ...

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    Federal Transit Administration releases $25bn in Covid-19 grants


    Most of the emergency funding will be focused on urban transport operators such as MARTA in Atlanta. USA: The Federal Transit Administration is to make $25bn available in emergency funding to help the public transport sector through the coronavirus pandemic. FTA is allocating the majority ...

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    Boston consolidates light rail stops


    USA: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority has awarded MAS Building Bridge a $17·8m contract to replace four existing light rail stops on Boston’s Green Line into two new stops. St Paul Street and BU West will be replaced by one stop, and Babcock Street and ...

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    Contractual wrangles delay São Paulo metro schemes


    BRAZIL: The São Paulo state government has extended the contract for construction of metro Line 6 by two months, pending further discussions on how the project should be taken forward. Photo: Benjamin Zelki A PPP concession for construction of the 15·3 km north-south Orange Line ...

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    APTA members ask Congress for $16bn in emergency coronavirus support


    New Jersey Transit is one of the largest commuter rail operators in the USA. USA: The public transport industry urgently needs up to $16bn in federal government funding support to survive the coronavirus crisis, the American Public Transportation Association announced on March 19. APTA has ...

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    Metropolitan Tulsa Transit Authority to use DART’s GoPass


    USA: Metropolitan Tulsa Transit Authority has agreed to license Dallas Area Rapid Transit’s GoPass mobile app, which provides passengers with real-time travel information, mobile ticketing and on-demand services. The GoPass app, back office and supporting application infrastructure was developed for DART by Unwire, and is currently ...

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    Mexico City expands urban cable car network


    Cablebus 2 MEXICO: Italian manufacturer Leitner ropeways announced on March 2 that a further two Cablebús 2 urban cable car lines are expected to open in Mexico City by mid-2021. The two routes totalling 10·6 km are under construction in the southeastern district of Iztapalapa ...

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    New York MTA to start Culver Line CBTC installation this month


    USA: New York MTA will start work on the next phase of its roll-out of Communications-based Train Control on the Subway network on March 20. CBTC will be installed on the Culver Line corridor between Church Avenue and West 8th Street/NY Aquarium near Coney Island, used ...

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    Toronto’s Ontario Line technical adviser appointed


    CANADA: Infrastructure Ontario and Metrolinx have appointed a group of companies led by HDR as Technical Adviser for Toronto’s Ontario Line metro project. The partnership of HDR, Mott MacDonald, Stantec, Systra and Comtech will provide a range of planning, engineering, environmental, design and construction oversight services ...