Global urban transport news

  • Burbank groundbreaking - Metrolink photo (1)

    Burbank upgrading project started


    USA: Los Angeles commuter operator Metrolink held a groundbreaking ceremony at Burbank-Downtown station on November 9 to mark the start of the Burbank Junction Speed Improvement Project. The work includes the realignment and renewal of existing main line tracks and the installation of fencing to facilitate ...

  • Berlin U-Bahn Stadler JK metro car (6)
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    Stadler unveils Berlin’s JK small-profile U-Bahn cars


    GERMANY: The first small-profile Type JK metro trainset for the Berlin U-Bahn network has been unveiled at Stadler’s Velten plant northwest of the capital. Operator BVG finalised a €3bn framework contract with Stadler in March 2020 for the supply of up to 1 500 vehicles, with ...

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    Tyne & Wear Metro extension business case developed


    UK: Transport North East has published the first stage of a business case for the proposed Washington Metro Loop extension of the Tyne & Wear Metro. The loop would start from the existing Pelaw station and make use of the disused railway alignment of the former ...

  • Osaka Metro facial recognition ticket gate
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    Hands-free facial recognition for Osaka Metro wheelchair users


    JAPAN: Osaka Metro is to start verification tests of a ticket gate that has been equipped with facial recognition technology to assist wheelchair users. The equipment being installed at Nagai station on the Midosuji Line is set at the height of a person’s face when they ...

  • Virginia Railway Express train (Photo: George Tenney/VRE)

    Transforming Rail in Virginia programme manager appointed


    USA: CSX has awarded consultancy Michael Baker International a 10-year contract to lead programme and construction management for the $3·7bn Transforming Rail in Virginia project to enhance passenger services on the route between Washington DC and Richmond. Supported by Patrick Engineering, Michael Baker’s Rail & Transit ...

  • Delhi M 8 car
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    Urban transport industry news round-up


    This week’s round-up of news from the urban transport sector.

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    Electric transport support approved


    CZECH REPUBLIC: The European Commission has approved under EU state aid rules a scheme to promote the use of electric transport as a greener alternative to diesel vehicles, and to support a shift of freight and passenger traffic from road to rail. Under the €180m scheme ...

  • Cairo Metro Line 6 Alstom agreement signing with NAT
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    Cairo metro Line 6 framework agreement signed


    EGYPT: The National Authority for Tunnels has signed a framework agreement with Alstom covering the design, supply and maintenance of rolling stock and railway systems for the planned Cairo metro Line 6. Signed on the fringes of the COP 27 climate conference, the agreement will facilitate ...

  • Lausanne Stadler Tramlink tram impression
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    Lausanne orders 10 trams for Line T1


    SWITZERLAND: Stadler announced on November 10 that it had signed a contract with operator TL Lausanne to deliver 10 standard gauge Tramlink trams plus spare parts and maintenance equipment for the city’s future T1 tram line which is currently under construction. Stadler had been selected as ...

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    Ontario Line driverless train, railway systems and operating contract awarded


    CANADA: Infrastructure Ontario and Metrolinx have formally awarded the Connect 6ix consortium the Rolling Stock, Systems, Operations & Maintenance contract for the 15·6 km Ontario Line metro project in Toronto. The consortium was named preferred bidder for the design, build, finance, operate and maintain contract in ...

  • Cairo metro Line 3 (Photo: Alstom)
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    Fund African rail projects through private investment and road taxes, study recommends


    AFRICA: Increased urban rail investment would offer a range of societal benefits for African cities, including improved air quality, reduced congestion and better access to socio-economic opportunities, according to a study published on November 14. The Role of Urban Rail in Sustainable Africa study has been ...

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    Bergen’s second Bybanen line opens


    NORWAY: Revenue services on Bergen’s second light rail line began on November 21, following a ceremonial opening three days before and two days of free travel.

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    Tianjin metro Line 10 opens


    CHINA: The first section of Tianjin metro Line 10 opened for revenue service on November 18, following an inauguration by the city’s Deputy Mayor Yang Bing Running from Yutai in the southwest to Yudongcheng in the northeast, the line is 21·2 km long and serves 21 ...

  • Dōcō images
    Metro Report International

    External partners join RENFE’s MaaS platform


    SPAIN: The first five external partners have signed up to participate in the Dōcō Mobility-as-a-Service platform being developed by national train operator RENFE Operadora to support multimodal journey planning, booking and payment. Bolt is a taxi and car with driver hire company active in Madrid, Barcelona, ...

  • BEL signs MoU with DMRC
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    Indigenous CBTC to support driverless metro and train operation in India


    INDIA: Delhi Metro Rail Corp has signed memorandum of understanding with Bharat Electronics Ltd for the joint development of Indigenous Communication-based Train Control to support driverless train and metro operation. i-CBTC is seen as ‘an important milestone in India’s journey towards self-reliance in rail and metro ...

  • Alstom SMRT Trains

    Metro technology co-operation accord


    SINGAPORE: SMRT Trains is to collaborate with Alstom to explore a range of emerging technologies with potential applications in the metro sector. The collaboration will draw on SMRT Trains’ operational experience and Alstom’s global research and development resources. The companies plan to investigate the use of 3D-printing ...

  • Alstom Chennai metro
    Metro Report International

    Alstom to supply 312 cars for Delhi metro extensions


    INDIA: Delhi Metro Rail Corp has awarded Alstom a €312m contract to design, manufacture and commission 312 cars as part of the network’s Phase IV expansion programme.

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    Hitachi Rail awarded Manila commuter railway E&M contract


    PHILIPPINES: The Department of Transportation has awarded Hitachi Rail a turnkey contract to supply electrical and mechanical systems including track and ETCS Level 2 for a section of the North South Commuter Railway project. The ¥114bn contract CP04 announced on November 17 is being funded by ...

  • Perm tram
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    Perm tramway modernisation concession awarded


    RUSSIA: A 30% increase in the commercial speed of tram services in Perm is expected following the award of a 20-year PPP concession for modernisation of the network. The local government has signed a contract with Movista Regions covering the reconstruction of 35 km of route ...

  • Hong Kong MTR Care app launch
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    App to make Hong Kong transport more inclusive


    CHINA: Hong Kong’s transport operator has launched the MTR·Care app which is designed to make travel more convenient for passengers with special requirements. A ‘simplified and elderly-friendly’ trip planner includes larger text and graphics, voice input, auto-setting of frequently visited stations, easy-to-understand route suggestions and recommended ...