Urban transport news from the Middle East & Africa

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    Qatar orders self-driving electric shuttles


    QATAR: Volkswagen AG and the Qatar Investment Authority have announced a deal for a fleet of self-driving electric shuttles ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The partnership will deliver 35 autonomous, electric ID. BUZZ AD cars capable of carrying up to four passengers, as well ...

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    Tunis suburban railway modernisation backed by EBRD


    TUNISA: The acquisition of 18 light rail vehicles to replace ageing rolling stock on the 18 km Tunis – La Goulette – La Marsa 750 V DC overhead electric suburban railway is to be financed using a €45m loan agreed last month by the European Bank for ...

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    EBRD finances Izmir metro civil works


    TURKEY: The European Bank for Reconstruction & Development is to provide Izmir Metropolitan Municipality with a loan to finance the €754·5m construction of civil works for the planned Üçyol – Buca driverless metro line serving the southeast of the city.

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    Convertible trams enter service as Msheireb Downtown Doha tramway opens


    QATAR: A 2·12 km circular tramway in the Msheireb Downtown Doha district of the capital opened at the end of December. Travel is free. Trams run every 6 min, serving nine stops and a 400 m hop-on/hop-off zone in the Wadi Msheireb area. Interchange to ...

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    Abidjan to expand bus network and study cocoa biofuel


    CÔTE D’IVOIRE: The Ministry of Transport, transport operator SOTRA and Scania have signed an agreement for the supply of 400 low-entry 13 m buses and 50 compressed gas fuelled 18 m articulated buses, which will have with bodies from Marcopolo. The deal includes depot upgrading and training ...

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    Abidjan metro package approved


    CÔTE D’IVOIRE: The government has formally approved the technical and funding proposals for construction of an elevated metro line in Abidjan, which is to be developed by a consortium of French companies.

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    First phase of Doha metro completed


    QATAR: The first phase of the driverless metro network in Doha has been completed, with the opening of the third line and two extensions of the first route on December 10. The 22 km Green Line runs from Al Riffa in the west to Al Mansoura ...

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    PRASA put into administration


    SOUTH AFRICA: The interim board of Passenger Rail Authority of South Africa has been dismissed, and the troubled organisation has been put into administration Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula announced on December 9. ‘The continued decline of the quality of service PRASA provides to the ...

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    Doha metro Gold Line opens


    QATAR: The Doha metro Gold Line opened to passengers on November 21, a little over six months after the Red Line became the first operational metro line in the city. The 14 km Gold Line serves 11 stations between Ras Bu Abboud in the east and ...

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    Mauritius Metro Express inaugurated


    Photo: Stephen Spark MAURITIUS: The first phase of the Metro Express light rail project was officially inaugurated by Prime Minister Pravind Kumar Jugnauth at a ceremony on October 3. The 13 km north-south route serves nine stops between Immigration Square in Port Louis and Rose ...

  • Hyundai Rotem is to supply six eight-car trainsets to operate on Cairo metro Line 2.
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    Hyundai Rotem and Socofer sign Cairo metro contracts


    EGYPT: The Ministry of Transport signed contracts on August 6 for the supply of rolling stock and track maintenance machines to operate on Cairo metro Line 2. Hyundai Rotem announced in January that it is to supply six eight-car trainsets with a maximum speed of 80 km/h. Deliveries ...

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    Jerusalem Green Line concession awarded


    ISRAEL: The TransJerusalem J-Net consortium of CAF and Shapir has been awarded a PPP concession to build and operate the Green Line tram project in Jerusalem. TransJerusalem J-Net beat a bid from a consortium of Shikun & Binui, Egged, CRRC, Comsa, Efatec and MPK. As well ...

  • Bombardier is to supply Innovia 300 monorail trainsets for the two lines being developed in Cairo.
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    Cairo monorail contract signed


    EGYPT: A design, build and operate contract for two driverless monorail lines serving Cairo was signed by the National Authority for Tunnels and a consortium of Bombardier Transportation, Orascom Construction and Arab Contractors on August 5. The consortium was named preferred bidder in May for the contract, which ...

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    Bahrain metro consultancy shortlist


    BAHRAIN: The Ministry of Transportation Telecommunication has shortlisted three bidders to provide consultancy services for the first phase of the country’s planned metro network. Al Zayani Engineering, KPMG and PwC have been shortlisted for the transaction advisory contract. Bids were also submitted by Deloitte ...

  • Zonegreen has installed its Depot Personnel Protection System at three maintenance and stabling sites on the Doha Metro.
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    Doha Metro depot protection systems rolled-out


    QATAR: Zonegreen has installed its Depot Personnel Protection System at three maintenance and stabling sites on the Doha Metro. The first installation was completed at the main Al Wakra heavy maintenance depot ready for the opening of the first phase of the north–south Red Line in ...

  • The first of 18 light rail vehicles which CAF is supplying for the Metro Express project was delivered on July 4.
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    Mauritius Metro Express light rail vehicle arrives


    MAURITIUS: The first of 18 light rail vehicles which CAF is supplying for the Metro Express project was delivered on July 4, with five more expected to follow by the end of the year. The initial 13 km Port Louis – Rose Hill section of the Metro Express line is ...

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    Consultants selected to develop Addis Ababa transport plan


    ETHIOPIA: The government has selected Ramboll to help it to develop a strategic infrastructure plan for Addis Ababa. The World Bank funded project focuses on sustainable urban development as the capital is experiencing a sharp increase in air pollution and traffic congestion. Ramboll is the lead consultant in a ...

  • Tanzania Railways Corp has commissioned a study for a commuter rail network in Dodoma (Photo: Tanzania Tourist Board).
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    Dodoma commuter rail study commissioned


    TANZANIA: Tanzania Railways Corp has awarded an international consortium a €2·5m nine-month contract to undertake feasibility and preliminary design studies for a commuter rail network in the capital Dodoma. The consortium is led by Spanish consultancy Ardanuy Ingenieria and includes Intercontinental Consultants & Technocrats from India and South Korea’s Soosung ...

  • The Constantine tramway has been extended south to Ali Mendjeli.
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    Constantine tramway extended


    ALGERIA: An extension of the Constantine tramway to the new city of Ali Mendjeli entered revenue service on May 3. The 6·9 km extension runs south from the terminus of the initial route at Zouaghi and adds five stops. In July 2015 Entreprise du Métro d’Alger awarded a turnkey ...

  • Bombardier Transportation is preferred bidder for a contract to design a build two monorail lines in Cairo. The rolling stock would be built at its Derby plant.
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    Bombardier Transportation selected for Cairo monorail contract


    EGYPT: Bombardier Transportation has been named preferred bidder for a contract to design a build two monorail lines in Cairo. A 54 km line would connect east Cairo with the New Administrative City, and a 42 km line would link October 6 City with Giza. The contract announced on ...