Global urban transport news – Page 5

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    Stadler signs its first Dutch tram contract


    NETHERLANDS: Den Haag transport operator HTM has awarded Stadler a contract to supply 56 trams for entry into service from 2026, with an option for additional vehicles. The three-section trams from Stadler’s TINA family will be 36·5 m long, with a maximum speed of 70 km/h ...

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    Limmattalbahn opens to serve Zürich’s northwest suburbs


    SWITZERLAND: The 13 km Limmattalbahn light rail line linking Altstetten, Schlieren, Dietikon and Killwangen-Spreitenbach opened for revenue service on December 11. 

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    Łódź tram unveiled


    POLAND: The first of 30 Moderus Gamma LF06AC trams which Poznań-based Modertrans is supplying to MPK-Łódź was unveiled on December 8. The 1 000 mm gauge five-section 80% low-floor unidirectional tram is 32 m long. Features included air-conditioning, passenger information systems, LED ...

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    First Parramatta light rail vehicle delivered


    AUSTRALIA: The first tram for the Parramatta light rail line which is currently under construction in western Sydney was delivered to Port Kembla on December 10. CAF is supplying 13 seven-section 45·4 m long light rail vehicles with a capacity of 425 passengers. The trams will ...

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    Brasília tram line to be developed as PPP concession


    BRAZIL: Proposals for the development of a 15 km tram line in Brasília through a public-private partnership have been unveiled by Valter Casimiro, Secretary of Transport & Mobility at the government of the Federal District. The line would run along W3 Road through the core of ...

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    Grand-Est launches regional express network


    FRANCE: Passengers travelling in the Strasbourg area now have access to a much improved network of local rail services with effect from December 11 when the Réseau Express Métropolitain Européen was launched by local authorities and national operator SNCF. Driven by a ...

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    Two metro extensions open in one day in Nagpur


    INDIA: A 5·4 km northeastern extension of Nagpur’s Orange Line and an 8·9 km eastern extension of the Aqua Line were inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on December 11. The extension of the Orange Line links Kasturchand Park with Automotive Square. There are four stations ...

  • Paris metro MF19 train under construction (Photo Jeremie Anne)
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    Paris metro Line 13 to be fully automated


    FRANCE: Paris transport authority Ile-de-France-Mobilités and operator RATP have given the go-ahead for the automation of metro Line 13. This will be the fourth fully automated line in Paris, after lines 14, 1 and 4, and first with steel-wheel rather than rubber-tyred trains. The 24 route-km line ...

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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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    ​Boston Green Line reaches Medford


    USA: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority opened the Medford branch of its Boston light rail Green Line Extension for revenue service on December 12. Several hundred travellers gathered to ride the first southbound service formed of two articulated LRVs which departed from the ...

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    Orange Phoenix EMU unveiled


    CHINA: CRRC Nanjing Puzhen has unveiled its latest design of Type D electric multiple-unit intended to operate suburban and interurban services on routes with journey times of up to 1 h. Branded as ‘Orange Phoenix’, the unit features styling inspired by paintings of the mythical bird. ...

  • Bucuresti Imperio tram (2)
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    Imperio trams enter service in București


    ROMANIA: The first 15 of 100 Imperio trams being supplied to Societatea de Transport București by a consortium of Astra Vagoane Călători and CRRC Qingdao Sifang entered service on December 10. The first vehicles are being deployed on Route 41, enabling all services on that route to ...

  • Lisboa Cascais suburban line EMUs (Photo: André Pires)
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    Lisboa – Cascais suburban line voltage conversion contract awarded


    PORTUGAL: A €31·6m contract for the modernisation of the Lisboa Cais do Sodré – Cascais suburban line and the conversion of its electrification from 1·5 kV DC to 25 kV 50 Hz has been awarded to the Spanish-Portuguese Comsa/Fergrupo consortium. The re-electrification will make the line ...

  • Nizhny Novgorod Nizhekotrans tram (1)
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    Russian-Belarusian tram joint venture rolls out first tram


    RUSSIA: The Nizhekotrans tram manufacturing joint venture of Russian and Belarussian companies has rolled out its first completed vehicle, produced as part of an extensive modernisation of the Nizhny Novgorod tramway. The single-section tram is designated T856 MiNiN (‘Minsk & Nizhny Novgorod’), ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Competition concerns over Hitachi’s planned acquisition of Thales signalling business


    UK: The Competition & Markets Authority has expressed concern that Hitachi Rail’s planned acquisition of Thales’ Ground Transportation Business could eliminate a credible competitor for the supply of signalling systems, at a time when efforts are being made to increase competition in the UK market. Hitachi ...

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    ‘Dinky’ train study recommends combined light rail and bus route


    USA: Development of a combined light rail and bus corridor is proposed in a study into the future of NJ Transit’s ‘Dinky’, a 4·3 km branch which connects Princeton Junction on the Northeast Corridor with Princeton.

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    PPP investor Plenary targets Europe


    UK: Infrastructure concession investor Plenary Group has opened a London office to support its plans for expansion in Europe. Plenary currently has 79 assets worth more than US$45bn under management in Australia, Canada, the USA and the UAE. Transport projects include Toronto’s Ontario Line and the ...

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    Grand Paris Express telecoms contract awarded


    FRANCE: Société du Grand Paris has selected Nokia to deploy 5G-ready IP/MPLS multiservice, mobile core and radio access network for the automated Grand Paris Express network. The contract announced on December 8 covers lines 15, 16, 17 and 18, which are currently under construction, as well as ...

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    Cottbus orders more Škoda trams


    GERMANY: Cottbus city transport operator Cottbusverkehr has exercised an option to order 15 more trams from Škoda Group. In February 2021 Škoda was awarded a €110m joint contract to supply a total of 24 trams to the cites of Frankfurt an der Oder, Brandenburg and Cottbus ...

  • Milano Stadler Tramlink tram (2)
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    Milano’s first Tramlink car arrives


    ITALY:·Milano municipal transport operator ATM took delivery of its first Stadler Tramlink tram for testing on December 1, with entry into service planned for next spring. Stadler signed its first Italian tram contract in September 2020, a six-year framework agreement to supply ATM with up to ...