Urban transport news

  • The Métropole Mobilité Aix-en-Provence transport network includes 26 bus routes.

    Open payment coming to Aix-en-Provence as operating contract renewed


    FRANCE: The Aix-Marseille-Provence Metropolis has renewed its contract with Keolis to operate the Métropole Mobilité Aix-en-Provence transport network. The contract announced on July 3 lasts for nine years from November 4. Keolis has operated the network since 2012. It is made up of 26 bus routes including a bus ...

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    Keolis to operate Paris tram route T9


    FRANCE: On July 2 Île-de-France Mobilités selected Keolis to operate tram Route T9 for 5½ years. Due to open next year, the 10 km route between Porte de Choisy on Paris metro Line 7 and the centre of Orly will serve 19 stops and provide interchange ...

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    Further Xi’an metro network development approved


    CHINA: The National Development Reform Commission has approved the third phase of the Xi’an metro plan. The planned projects would add 150 km to the network, taking the total to 423 km and 12 lines. The third phase of Line 1 would extend the ...

  • Stadtwerke Osnabrück had previously ordered 13 electric buses from VDL.

    VDL to supply 49 more articulated battery buses to Osnabrück


    GERMANY: Stadtwerke Osnabrück signed a contract on July 5 for VDL Bus & Coach to supply a further 49 electric buses. The Citeas SLFA-181 buses are due to be in service by the end of 2021. They will supplement the fleet of 13 such buses that were ordered last ...

  • Bozankaya wins Timișoara tram order

    Bozankaya wins Timișoara tram order


    ROMANIA: Bozankaya is to supply up to 40 trams to Timișoara, the Turkish manufacturer announced on July 9. The firm order for 16 trams is worth €33m excluding VAT, which would rise to €80m if all options were to be exercised. Bozankaya’s bid beat one from ...

  • One of the two lines to be built in the first phase would serve Bahrain International Airport.

    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 ...

  • Catania metro operator Ferrovie Circumetnea has presented the design of its new metro trains at Giovanni XXIII station.

    Catania metro train design unveiled


    ITALY: Catania metro operator Ferrovie Circumetnea has presented the design of its new metro trains at Giovanni XXIII station. In February Ferrovie Circumetnea signed a framework contract with Titagarh Firema, the Italian subsidiary of Titagarh Wagons, for the supply of up to 54 two-car trainsets. A ...

  • Karsan’s Atak Electric is powered by five batteries supplied by BMW.

    Karsan unveils Atak Electric bus


    TURKEY: Karsan has unveiled a battery-electric version of its Atak bus. The Atak Electric is powered by five batteries supplied by BMW with a total capacity of 220 kWh, giving it a range of up to 300 km. The bus is 8·3 m long, 2 430 mm wide and ...

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    Rio tram network threatened with suspension


    BRAZIL: Rio de Janeiro tram concessionaire VLT Carioca has said that it could cease operations of the city’s tram network if the municipality does not cover a shortfall in revenue caused by lower than expected ridership. According to the PPP concession awarded in 2013 to build ...

  • Five Enviro400EV electric double-decker buses are in service on Route 43 in London.

    Electric double-decker buses in service in London


    UK: The first five of 37 electric double-decker buses that the BYD ADL joint venture is supplying to London operator Metroline entered passenger service on July 3. The Enviro400EV buses are being assembled at the Alexander Dennis factory in Scarborough using a powered chassis supplied from BYD’s Komarom plant ...