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    Dallas SCADA upgrading contract approved


    USA: The Dallas Area Rapid Transit Board has approved a contract for Alstom Signaling Operations to upgrade its supervisory control data acquisition system, which was installed in 1996. Alstom will replace software, servers, workstations, tunnel ventilation control systems, an overview display wall and a ...

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    Cuenca tramway opens


    ECUADOR: The Cuenca tramway opened for limited passenger services on May 25, with regular services scheduled to start in June. Travel will be free of charge for the first two months. Because of Covid-19 measures, the capacity of each of the eight ...

  • Bombardier Transportation has signed contracts totalling US$108m to supply 28 BiLevel double-deck coaches to two West Coast transport operators following a procurement led by Seattle’s Sound Transit.

    Bombardier to supply 28 BiLevel coaches to two operators


    USA: Bombardier Transportation has signed contracts totalling US$108m to supply 28 BiLevel double-deck coaches to two West Coast transport operators. The order anounced on May 27 covers three push-pull driving cars and eight intermediate coaches for Seattle’s Sound Transit, which led the procurement, as well as ...

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    Transport for London studies bus driver coronavirus infections


    UK: Transport for London has asked University College London’s Institute of Health Equity to provide independent advice as part of a study to better understand the pattern of coronavirus infections and deaths among London’s bus workers. The first part of the study will review TfL’s operational ...

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    Santiago tenders Line 7 construction


    CHILE: Metro de Santiago has called tenders for construction of the first section of its new east - west Line 7. Bids are due to be submitted by August 26, with the winning bidder expected to be announced in February 2021.

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    Bangkok Gold Line TETRA communications ordered


    THAILAND: System integrator AMR Asia has awarded Teltronic a contract to supply TETRA mission-critical radio communications for the Gold Line automated peoplemover which is under constriction in Bangkok. The 2·7 km first phase of the Gold Line will connect the existing BTS Green (Silom) Line Skytrain ...

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    Andy Byford to become London’s next Transport Commissioner


    UK: The former President & Chief Executive Officer of New York City Transit Authority Andy Byford is to return to the UK as the next Commissioner of Transport for London, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan announced on May 27.

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    UK government aims to ‘permanently change’ transport use as tram and bus funding announced


    Source: Tony Miles UK: ‘We must plan our route to recovery’, said Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps at the government’s daily coronavirus briefing on May 23, when he announced £283m of funding ‘to ensure that more buses, trams and light rail networks return ...

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    Urban transport industry news round-up


    Bombardier Transportation has delivered the 200th Flexity Berlin tram to operator BVG, which has so far ordered a total of 231 in four variants. ‘The Flexity Berlin tram was developed in close co-operation with BVG. The result is a reliable, air-conditioned and barrier-free accessible tram ...

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    Sydney capacity enhancement contracts awarded


    AUSTRALIA: The New South Wales government has awarded two infrastructure enhancement contracts totalling around A$600m for works on the southern section of the Sydney Trains suburban network as part of its A$4·3bn ‘More Trains, More Services’ investment programme.

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    Stockholm metro electrification contract awarded


    SWEDEN: Siemens Mobility has been selected to deliver electrification and power supplies for the Stockholm Metro expansion programme. The €21m contract awarded by Region Stockholm’s Extended Metro Administration covers electrification works for four separate extensions. The programme includes construction of a 4·1 km Yellow ...

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    Tampere’s first tram delivered for testing


    FINLAND: The first of 19 ForCity Smart Artic trams to operate the future Tampere tram network was delivered to the city by Škoda Transtech on May 25. Zdeněk Majer, board member of parent company Škoda Transportation, said the bidirectional 100% low-floor trams were a ‘modern, technically ...

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    UKVZ trams delivered to Novokuznetsk


    RUSSIA: The first three of seven 71-623-04 trams ordered by the city of Novokuznetsk were delivered by UKVZ on May 17. The city placed an 378m rouble order in October for the single-section partially low-floor trams, as well as for two 71-142 Phoenix articulated trams, ...

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    South Coast Rail commuter project infrastructure contract awarded


    USA: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s Fiscal Management Control Board has approved the first major construction contract for Phase 1 of the South Coast Rail project to provide commuter services into Boston from the southeast. The long-planned $1·047bn project would extend ...

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    Kazan metro train delivered


    RUSSIA: Kazan metro operator Metroelektrotrans has taken delivery of an additional four-car metro trainset which it ordered from Transmashholding subsidiary Metrovagonmash in October 2019 to augment its fleet. The Type 81-765.4K/766.4K trainset is formed of two motored driving cars and unpowered intermediate ...

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    Grant to develop public transport social distancing technology


    Source: Transport for London UK: The Innovate UK innovation agency has awarded UrbanThings a grant to develop a coronavirus social distancing and contact tracing platform for public transport operators. This is intended to help ensure that transport systems can operate with social distancing measures in ...

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    Manchester seeks tram safety systems


    UK: Transport for Greater Manchester has begun a market sounding to gain a better understanding of the availability of technology which could automatically intervene if a tram approaches a higher risk location at a speed which could result in derailment, and also monitor the attentiveness of tram ...

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    Driverless metro train delivered to Taiyuan


    CHINA: CRRC Dalian has delivered the of 24 six-car Type A trainsets equipped for GoA4 unattended automatic operation on the future Taiyuan metro Line 2, which is nearing completion for opening this year. The 23·6 km Line 2 will cross the city from north to south ...

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    Moscow Metro fights the coronavirus


    RUSSIA: Moscow Metro has shared some of the steps it has taken to fight against the spread of the coronavirus. The operator said it had continued its record of running every say since the first section opened in May 1935, with the ...

  • Gülermak has awarded Edilon Sedra a contract to supply 20 track-km of its Corkelast Embedded Block System ballastless track for the eastern and western extensions of Warszawa metro Line 2.
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    Warszawa metro ballastless track contract


    POLAND: Contractor Gülermak has awarded Edilon Sedra a contract to supply 20 track-km of its Corkelast Embedded Block System ballastless track for the eastern and western extensions of Warszawa metro Line M2. Warszawa Metro has set strict requirements for durability and vibration control, as the tunnels ...