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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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    Bodyshells ordered for Praha tram rebuild programme


    CZECH REPUBLIC: Praha transport operator DPP has awarded Pragoimex a contract to supply its VarCB3LF partly low-floor tram bodies to replace the life-expired and corroded bodies of the city’s Tatra Type T3R.P and T3R.PV trams. The March 23 framework agreement covers the delivery of a minimum ...

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    Porto extensions win EU funding support


    PORTUGAL: The European Commission has announced €107m of EU Cohesion Funds for expansion of the Metro do Porto light rail network. This adds to €75m allocated in the national government’s 2020 budget. The two projects being supported are Line G, where a €63·6m contribution will support ...

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    SMRT receives multi-functional driving and control centre simulators


    SINGAPORE: Spanish supplier Lander Simulation has completed delivery of a suite of training simulators and laptop computers to metro operator SMRT. According to Lander, the simulation suite developed with SMRT for its Circle Line marks a significant enhancement of the scope of traditional driver and staff ...

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    Use data to tailor coronavirus timetables to current needs, says Zipabout


    UK: Passenger data systems supplier Zipabout says train operators should revise their emergency timetables based on passenger behaviour and real-time demand data, to ensure their reduced services can meet the needs of key workers during the coronavirus pandemic. ‘The necessary reduction in ...

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    Osaka’s Hankai Line expands low-floor tram fleet


    JAPAN: A three-section low-floor tram supplied by Alna Sharyo has entered service on the Hankai Tramway in Osaka, where it is operating alongside the oldest trams in the country which are still in commercial service rather than run as heritage vehicles. The two-line Hankai Tramway serves ...

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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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    Northern Lights tram delivered to Bremen


    GERMANY: The first of 77 Avenio trams ordered by Bremen operator BSAG arrived in the city from Siemens Mobility’s Wien plant on March 31. Another is currently undergoing trials at the Wildenrath test centre. The Type GT8N-2 trams have been branded Nordlicht ...

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    Data4PT multimodal transport data interoperability project launched


    EUROPE: The Data4PT project has been formally launched to support the development of multimodal transport data exchange standards and models to fulfil the needs of travel information service providers. The EU-funded project aims to support member states in deploying the Transmodel, NeTEx and SIRI harmonised public ...

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    EBRD intends to appoint a consultancy to undertake a feasibility study to determine the scope and viability of plans to modernise the Almaty trolleybus network. The city envisages the acquisition of 200 hybrid trolleybuses to replacing the existing deteriorating fleet, provide vehicles for new routes should ...

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    Berlin studies U-Bahn extensions


    GERMANY: Three extensions of the Berlin U-Bahn network have been deemed ‘structurally and technically’ feasible, according to a study commissioned by the city government.

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    Moscow Metro’s Line 15 completed


    RUSSIA: Mayor Sergei Sobyanin inaugurated a 14·4 km six-station extension of Moscow Metro’s Line 15 from Kosino to Lefortovo on March 27. Also known as the Nekrasovskaya Line, Line 15 serves the capital’s eastern suburbs. Construction began in 2012, with the ...

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    Low-key opening for København metro Line M4


    DENMARK: ‘It was different to what we had imagined,’ said Henrik Plougmann Olsen, CEO of København metro operator Metroselskabet after planned celebrations to mark the opening of Line M4 on March 28 were cancelled because of the coronavirus. ‘The trains just started running over the new section, ...

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    Paris metro simulators updated


    FRANCE: Corys has completed the renovation of Paris operator RATP’s metro train driving simulators. RATP has a total of 23 compact simulators and one full-scope simulator. New PCs have been deployed, computer generated images switched to Matrix technology, and the functionality of the Octys system ...

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    Moscow Metro disinfects tunnels


    RUSSIA: Moscow Metro has been using modified infrastructure inspection vehicles to spray all its tunnels with liquid disinfectant. The disinfecting programme aims to tackle the coronavirus. As well as all tunnels used by revenue services, the scope includes tunnels which are used ...

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    Region-wide Fairtiq app roll-out adds weekly capping


    GERMANY: Check-in/check-out ticketing using the Fairtiq app is now available across trains, trams and buses in the Verkehrsverbund Mittelthüringen region covering Erfurt, Weimar, Jena, Gera and Gotha. This is the first time that Fairtiq has been rolled across an entire German fares area, and the deployment adds ...

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    Edinburgh tram extension site works on hold during pandemic


    UK: Edinburgh Council has instructed contractors Morrison Utility Services and Sacyr Farrans Neopul to cease site works for the construction of the tramway extension from York Place to Newhaven. The contractors are to make the construction sites safe by the end of the week before shutting ...

  • BULGARIA: Sofia Metro has awarded Transmashholding’s Metrowagonmash subsidiary a firm contract to modernise an additional 40 Series 81-717.4/714.4 metro cars. This is intended to improve the passenger experience, reduce operating costs and maintenance req
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    Sofia Metro cars to be modernised


    BULGARIA: Sofia Metro has awarded Transmashholding’s Metrowagonmash subsidiary a firm contract to modernise an additional 40 Series 81-717.4/714.4 metro cars. This is intended to improve the passenger experience, reduce operating costs and maintenance requirements, and ensure a further 15 years of service. To minimise the impact ...

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    Having finalised funding, the Romanian city of Galati has signed a firm order for preferred bidder Astra Vagoane Călători to supply eight Autentic trams, with an option for 10 more which would take the total value to 119·7m lei. On ...