Global urban transport news

  • Graz metro proposal (Image: Strohecker Architekten/Newages)
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    Two-line automated metro proposed for Graz


    AUSTRIA: Proposals for a two-line automated metro network are included in a study into future transport concepts published by the city of Graz. The study undertaken by special purpose company MUM 2030+ found that there were 452 000 passenger journeys per day into the central ...

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    LTE certified to support CBTC


    SPAIN: CAF Signalling has certified the integration of its communications-based train control platform with Teltronic’s eNebula LTE infrastructure and RTP-800 onboard terminal, following laboratory tests and field testing on Bilbao metro Line 3. ‘In the face of the shortcomings and drawbacks of the wireless systems ...

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    Kyiv metro trains get mid-life overhaul


    UKRAINE: Kyiv metro’s rolling stock repair workshop has rolled out an initial set of five Type 81-717/714 cars which have undergone a 35m hryvnia mid-life modernisation. The refurbishment of the vehicles dating from the late 1980s and early 1990s includes interior ...

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    China: Metro openings hit record high


    Almost 700 km of new metro and tram lines and extensions were opened in 15 Chinese cities during the closing weeks of 2020 as 29 separate projects came to fruition. Toma Bačić investigates.

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    Scale Transport programme to bring together technology innovators and industry leaders


    UK: PwC and GrowthBuilders have launched the Scale Transport programme with the aim of connecting transport authorities, operators and infrastructure managers in PwC’s network with high-tech scale-ups to drive innovation and support the sector in adapting to changing public needs and behaviours after the pandemic. ...

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    Mersin metro electromechanical tender result


    TURKEY: Mersin municipality has announced the results of a tender for the supply, installation and commissioning of electromechanical systems for the Mezitli – Üçocak metro line. Four of the 13 groups which had initially expressed interest in the contract prequalified to tender, and of those ...

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    Casablanca tramway construction contracts awarded


    MOROCCO: Casablanca transport authority Casa Transports has awarded Colas Rail two contracts for the construction of tram routes T3 and T4 The first contract is worth €24m and covers the design, construction and commissioning of 25 km of overhead electrification for the two routes, along ...

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    Hamburg S-Bahn EMU deliveries complete


    GERMANY: All 82 of S-Bahn Hamburg’s fleet of Class 490 EMUs have now entered service, the operator has confirmed. The EMUs were ordered from Bombardier Transportation to replace Class 472/473 units dating from the mid-1970s. The original order placed in 2013 was for 60 trainsets, ...

  • Liepājas Tramvajs has begun testing the first of 14 Končar KEV 2300 LT trams ordered in three batchs in 2018-21.
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    ITSO on Mobile goes multi-modal


    UK: ITSO on Mobile ticketing is now available on buses as well as tram and rail services in the West Midlands, after Transport for West Midlands extended its Swift mobile ticketing scheme to bus operators. Swift will initially offer nNetwork tickets to passengers playing by ...

  • Smart window on an Orlyval shuttle (Photo: RATP Group)
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    Smart windows on Paris airport peoplemover


    FRANCE: One of the Orlyval shuttles at Paris Orly airport has been fitted with smart LCD windows which show information including flight departures and weather forecasts for the destinations. . The information is specific to the direction of the shuttle, and the operator can also ...

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    Kolkata Line 1 reaches Dakshineswar


    INDIA: Commercial services began running on a northern extension of Kolkata Metro Line 1 on February 23, following a formal opening ceremony the previous day.

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    Siemens Mobility to develop Dutch MaaS platform


    NETHERLANDS: The RiVier joint venture of national rail operator NS and urban operators HTM in Den Haag and RET in Rotterdam has selected Siemens Mobility subsidiaries Hacon and eos.uptrade to develop a country-wide Mobility as a Service platform.

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    Series 17000 EMUs enter service in Tokyo


    JAPAN: Tokyo Metro put its first Series 17000 EMUs into revenue service on its 1 067 mm gauge Yurakucho and Fukutoshin lines on February 21, with minimum publicity as a result of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

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    Dubai’s smarter tram stop saves energy


    UAE: Dubai’s Roads Transport Authority has undertaken a green buildings initiative to reduce power consumption at tram stops An evaporation system which uses cooling pads to reduce the temperature of the air entering Marina Towers stop and the tram depot by 8 to ...

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    Metra to test electric shunting locomotive


    USA: The board of Chicago commuter operator Metra has approved a plan to procure seven low-emission shunting locomotives, including its first zero-emission electric loco. The six diesel locos would be required to meet the Environmental Protection Agency’s Tier IV emissions standards, the highest currently in ...

  • Tyne and Wear Metro Gosforth depot app
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    App to keep passengers up to date with Tyne & Wear Metro depot works


    UK: Contractor VolkerFitzpatrick has worked with software developer SitePodium to launch a community engagement app to help people living and working around the Tyne Wear Metro’s Gosforth depot gain a better understanding of the works to rebuild the facility to accommodate new Stadler trainsets. ...

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    Dubai RTA launches metro engineering information platform


    UAE: Dubai’s Roads Transport Authority has launched an electronic platform for railway engineering information, containing about 800 000 documents relating to assets on the metro’s Red and Green lines as well as data about the authority, consultants, project contractors, rail operators and other bodies. ...

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    Three cities place joint tram order


    GERMANY: The cities of Frankfurt an der Oder, Brandenburg and Cottbus have jointly awarded Škoda Transportation a €110m contract to supply 24 trams, with an option for a further 21. The three-section unidirectional 70% low-floor ForCity Plus trams will replace existing high-floor vehicles which are ...

  • Dubai Route 2020 metro station (Roads and Transport Authority of Dubai)
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