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    Low-key opening for København metro Line M4

    2020-03-30T13:46:00Z

    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

    2020-03-30T06:00:00Z

    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

    2020-03-27T15:52:00Z

    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

    2020-03-27T06:00:00Z

    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

    2020-03-26T11:40:00Z

    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

    2020-03-26T06:00:00Z

    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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    2020-03-25T06:00:00Z

    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 ...

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    Regiotram del Norte study contract awarded

    2020-03-24T13:28:00Z

    The Regiotram del Norte project forms part of a national public transport programme which also includes Regiotram de Occidente COLOMBIA: The ARCO Bogotá Zipa consortium of Ardanuy Ingeniería Colombia and Coral Delgado y Asociados has been awarded a 2·332m peso 17-month contract to oversee studies for ...

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    Samara Metro train delivered

    2020-03-24T13:22:00Z

    RUSSIA: Samara Metro has taken delivery of another four-car trainset from Transmashholding’s Metrowagonmash factory, augmenting the 46-car fleet used on its single 11·6 km line. Ordered in October 2019, the extra train is the ‘latest and most advanced’ variant of the 81-717/714 ...

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    Krasnodar orders 56 trams

    2020-03-24T06:00:00Z

    Source: Oleg Bodnya RUSSIA: UKVZ has won four separately-tendered contracts to supply a total of 56 unidirectional trams to the city of Krasnodar The orders announced on March 20 cover a total of 29 Type 71-623-04 trams to be delivered this year, and another 27 ...

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    Amsterdam chooses HASTUS planning software

    2020-03-23T06:00:00Z

    Amsterdam NETHERLANDS: Amsterdam city transport operator GVB has selected GIRO’s HASTUS software to support all its network and service planning, crew and vehicle scheduling, and operations management, including the integration of electric buses into its fleet. GVB has almost 5 000 employees and operates 203 ...

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    Manchester Metrolink opens Trafford Park line

    2020-03-22T13:20:00Z

    UK: The 5·5 km Manchester Metrolink light rail extension to the Trafford Centre shopping complex was opened for revenue service on March 22, around seven months ahead of the original target date.

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    MBTA to roll out Violet Edge across commuter rail fleet

    2020-03-22T06:00:00Z

    tn_us-MBTA_commuter_train.jpg USA: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority is to deploy Wi-Tronix’s Violet Edge technology across the fleet of diesel locomotives used on Boston commuter rail services. The agreement builds on projects undertaken with the supplier on some of the fleet since 2015. The internet of things ...

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    Stadler wins €3bn Berlin U-Bahn car order after legal dispute

    2020-03-20T17:45:00Z

    Stadler is to supply the J/JK series in large and small profile variants. GERMANY: Stadler announced on March 20 that it had won an order to supply up to 1 500 metro cars to Berlin operator BVG. The framework agreement has a nominal value of €3bn ...

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    Seoul GTX Line A train contract awarded

    2020-03-20T16:57:00Z

    SOUTH KOREA: The SG Rail special purpose company formed to design, finance and build Line A of the Great Train Express network of commuter lines around Seoul has awarded Hyundai Rotem a 345bn won contract to supply 15 trainsets by 2024. The eight-car trains to be ...

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

    2020-03-20T12:12:00Z

    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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    LTA awards Jurong Region Line stations contract

    2020-03-20T06:00:00Z

    SINGAPORE: Land Transport Authority has awarded a joint venture of John Holland and McConnell Dowell South East Asia a AS$265·4 contract to design and build three stations on the Pandan Reservoir branch which forms Phase 2 of the Jurong Region Line automated metro project. The contract ...

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    London Underground, rail and bus services cut by coronavirus

    2020-03-19T16:27:00Z

    UK: Major cuts to metro, rail and bus services were announced by Transport for London on March 18, with the operator explaining that Mayor of London Sadiq Khan had asked it to focus on enabling ‘critical workers to make essential journeys’ during the Covid-19 pandemic. ...

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    Technology: Early diagnosis prevents bearing failure

    2020-03-19T15:50:00Z

    Advanced vibration analysis techniques have been deployed to assess Chinese metro trainsets, helping to detect early signs of bearing damage and prevent a catastrophic axlebox failure.

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    Coronavirus pushes switch from cash to card payment

    2020-03-19T11:06:00Z

    NEW ZEALAND: Cash sales of tickets on the Metlink transport network in Greater Wellington will end on March 23, in a move which Metlink said was designed ‘to stay one step ahead of Covid-19 and give our passengers and staff more peace of mind’. On the ...