Urban transport news from the Americas

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    Automated bus specification completed

    2020-09-25T05:00:00Z

    USA: A performance specification has been developed by the Automated Bus Consortium, which was formed to bring together transport agencies to facilitate collaborative decision-making, undertake collective pilot projects in various live service environments and combine their purchasing power. The specification combines the American Public Transportation Association’s ...

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    Vancouver Broadway Subway CBTC contract awarded

    2020-09-24T11:26:00Z

    CANADA: The Acciona-Ghella consortium which is to design and build Vancouver’s Broadway Subway has awarded Thales a contract to supply SelTrac CBTC signalling. The Broadway Subway running 5·7 km from VCC-Clark west to Arbutus Street forms a six-station extension of the ...

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    BART celebrates world mask-wearing culture during the pandemic

    2020-09-24T10:20:00Z

    USA: San Francisco Bay Area metro operator BART is highlighting mask styles from around the world as part of a campaign to change the way passengers think about face coverings during the coronavirus pandemic. ‘Whether storytelling or celebrating culture, masks have always served a useful ...

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    Denver opens North Metro Rail

    2020-09-22T14:22:00Z

    USA: Denver’s Regional Transportation District formally inaugurated the first phase of its North Metro Rail commuter service to Thornton on September 21, with a ceremony attended by RTD General Manager CEO Paul Ballard, Chair Angie Rivera-Malpiede and local authority representatives. ...

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    Southwest LRT federal funding confirmed

    2020-09-17T13:22:00Z

    USA: After several years of negotiation, the Federal Transit Administration has formally approved a $928·8m Full Funding Grant Agreement to support construction of the Green Line extension of the light rail network in Minneapolis, which will run southwest of the city to Eden Prairie.

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    New York Subway offers under-river connectivity

    2020-09-15T05:00:00Z

    USA: New York MTA and Transit Wireless have provided the first mobile phone voice and data connectivity in one of the Subway’s under-river tunnels, with AT T customers now able to stay connected in the East River bores between 1st Avenue and Bedford Avenue on the L/Canarsie ...

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    President opens Guadalajara Line 3

    2020-09-14T13:16:00Z

    MEXICO: Guadalajara’s third light rail line was formally inaugurated by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador on September 12. Following the opening ceremony at 11.00, public services began at 16.00, with free travel being provided until September 20.

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    Plans for light rail project to share BNSF corridor dropped

    2020-08-24T05:00:00Z

    USA: Following what they described as ‘years of unsuccessful discussions with BNSF Railway’, the promoters of the Minneapolis Metro Blue Line Extension project have abandoned plans for the colocation of light rail and freight services. The Metro Blue Line Extension, also known as Bottineau Light Rail ...

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    Autonomous shuttles to be tested in US army base

    2020-08-17T06:00:00Z

    USA: The US Ignite smart city accelerator has selected First Transit and Perrone Robotics to provide autonomous shuttles for a Smart Transportation Testbed project at the Fort Carson army base in Colorado. The $4m project is being funded and managed by the US Army Engineer Research ...

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    São Paulo plans longer Line 20 following monorail cancellation

    2020-08-13T13:00:00Z

    Photo: Benjamin Zelki BRAZIL: A consortium of GPO, Geocompany and Geotec has been awarded a contract covering preliminary engineering design and an environmental impact study for the planned Line 20 metro in São Paulo . The contract is worth R$5∙3m and work is due for ...

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    List of coronavirus products for public transport operators published

    2020-07-31T09:24:00Z

    USA: A list of sources of products to help the public transport sector respond to and recover from the coronavirus crisis has been compiled by the American Public Transportation Association and the Community Transportation Association of America. The Covid-19 Recovery Vendor List for Public Transportation provides ...

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    CAF awarded São Paulo train maintenance contract

    2020-07-28T05:00:00Z

    BRAZIL: São Paulo suburban operator CPTM has awarded CAF a four-year contract for the maintenance of eight suburban electric multiple-units which it supplied in 2011-12 for use on Line 10. The work will be carried out by the Spanish company’s CAF Brazil subsidiary at the operator’s ...

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    Uber Transit Ticketing aims to make public transport visible and accessible

    2020-07-24T05:00:00Z

    USA: Uber Transit Ticketing has been rolled out across 13 public transport agencies in Ohio and Kentucky, enabling passengers to plan journeys and buy tickets using the taxi booking company’s app. This integration has previously been available in individual cities including Denver and Las Vegas, but ...

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    NYCT orders Wabtec battery hybrid loco fleet to haul Subway works trains

    2020-07-23T13:17:00Z

    In 2012-13, MotivePower Inc supplied a batch of 28 diesel locos to New York City Transit for use on works trains. USA: The board of the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority voted on July 22 to procure a fleet of diesel-battery hybrid locomotives to modernise the ...

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    Phoenix light rail extension contract approved

    2020-07-22T11:00:00Z

    USA: The award of a contract for a joint venture of Kiewit and McCarthy to build Phase II of the northwest light rail extension in Phoenix was approved by the Valley Metro Rail board on July 16. Utility relocation is expected to begin in August, with ...

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    Acciona consortium to build Vancouver SkyTrain extension

    2020-07-21T13:46:00Z

    CANADA: British Columbia’s Ministry of Transportation & Infrastructure has selected an Acciona-led consortium as preferred bidder for a contract to design, build and partially finance the Broadway Subway Project in Vancouver.

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    Siemens to resignal Buenos Aires Line D

    2020-07-17T15:18:00Z

    ARGENTINA: Buenos Aires metro authority SBASE has selected Siemens Mobility to install Communications-Based Train Control and a new passenger information system on the capital’s Line D.

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    Foothill Gold Line extension construction begins

    2020-07-13T13:53:00Z

    USA: Major construction work on the 14·6 km Foothill Gold Line extension of Los Angeles’ L Line light rail route was launched on July 10. The extension from APU/Citrus College to Pomona is scheduled for completion in 2025, adding four stops in Glendora, San Dimas, ...

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    Calgary Transit deploys Masabi mobile ticketing

    2020-07-09T05:00:00Z

    CANADA: Calgary Transit has rolled out Masabi’s My Fare contactless mobile ticketing platform across its network, following a pilot project on four routes. Fare products available on the mobile app include monthly and day passes as well as single ride and airport tickets. The platform includes ...

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    Fare collection inclusivity with payment at shops

    2020-07-06T05:00:00Z

    USA: Customers of transport operators which use Cubic Transportation Systems’ TouchPass digital ‘fare collection as a service’ platform will be able to add stored value to their ticketing accounts at local shops under a partnership agreement with payments technology company InComm. The agreement will enable transport ...