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  • br- Via Goiânia minibus shuttle
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    Goiânia on-demand minibuses complete first year

    2020-02-20T10:55:00Z

    BRAZIL: Latin America’s on-demand shuttle ride service completed a year of operation on February 18, having carried 80 000 passengers. The CityBus 2.0 project launched in Goiás’ state capital Goiânia in February 2019 with 15 minibuses covering 11 neighbourhoods, before expanding to a fleet of 40 ...

  • br-sao paulo metro Line 4 Zelki
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    São Paulo Metro develops a station navigation system for blind passengers

    2020-02-07T11:07:00Z

    BRAZIL: Metrô de São Paulo has developed an infrared navigation system to help blind passengers navigate stations. The ‘Siga Fácil’ system uses an infrared receptor device that attaches to a user’s mobile phones to receive directions from transmitters installed throughout a station. The directions can then ...

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    Metro de Panamá awards Line 3 contract

    2020-02-05T11:22:00Z

    PANAMA: Metro de Panamá awarded a U$2·5bn contract for the construction of Line 3 to South Korean consortium HPH Joint Venture on February 04. The HPH joint venture of Hyundai Engineering Construction Co, POSCO and Hyundai Engineering Co has been chosen for the 54-month ...

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    Bogotá Metro changes metro and BRT lines

    2020-02-05T11:15:00Z

    COLOMBIA: The Mayor of Bogotá Claudia López has announced a new transport plan for the city, including the extension of the future Bogotá Metro’s first line and a change of the proposed Transmilenio bus rapid transit route. The 4·1km metro extension would run from Calle 72 ...

  • Regiotram de Occidente
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    Bogotá Regiotram de Occidente contract awarded

    2020-01-13T14:38:00Z

    COLOMBIA: A contract to design, build and operate the 39·6 km Regiotram de Occidente inter-urban commuter line linking Bogotá with its western suburbs was signed by China Civil Engineering Construction Corp on Janaury 7. The subsidiary of China Railway Construction Corp was sole bidder for ...

  • br-sao paulo line 15 extension
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    São Paulo Line 15 extended further

    2019-12-18T16:00:00Z

    BRAZIL: An extension of São Paulo metro Line 15 from Jardim Planalto to São Mateus opened to passengers on December 16. Services initially run only on weekdays between 10.00 and 15.00, with full operation due to begin in January. Test running started on November 11. The ...

  • tn_br-rio suburban crrc emu 1 Zelki
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    Rio suburban trains slowly return to service after traction fault

    2019-12-04T14:59:00Z

    Photo: Benjámin Zelki BRAZIL: Six more electric multiple-units returned to service on the SuperVia suburban rail network serving Rio de Janeiro on December 2, after being taken out of service in November because of traction equipment faults. SuperVia withdrew 40 of its CRRC-built EMUs from ...

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    South Korean consortium to build third Panamá City metro line

    2019-11-21T10:35:00Z

    PANAMA: Metro de Panamá has selected a South Korean consortium as preferred bidder to carry out civil works on the capital’s third metro line. The HPH joint venture of Hyundai Engineering Construction Co, POSCO and Hyundai Engineering Co has been chosen for the 54-month ...

  • BYD e-bus
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    ​BYD to supply 379 electric buses to Bogotá

    2019-11-20T15:16:00Z

    COLOMBIA: Bogotá transport authority TransMilenio has ordered 379 electric buses from BYD, the Chinese supplier announced on November 15. The first vehicles from what BYD says is its largest order for the Latin American market would be delivered in mid-2020, and would enter revenue service in ...

  • br-sao paulo metro Line 4 Zelki
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    Work to resume on São Paulo metro Line 6 as Acciona comes on board

    2019-11-14T16:42:00Z

    Photo: Benjámin Zelki BRAZIL: São Paulo State Transport Secretary Alexandre Baldy has confirmed that Acciona intends to buy a majority stake in the Move São Paulo consortium, so that construction of São Paulo metro Line 6 can resume. Construction of the 15·3 km north-south route ...

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    Rio de Janeiro tram network completed

    2019-10-28T14:50:00Z

    The first phase of the tramway opened in 2016. BRAZIL: The final section of the VLT Carioca tram network in Rio de Janeiro was inaugurated on October 26, with passenger services beginning at noon. The opening of 1·3 km of new alignment adds a third ...

  • Metro de Bogotá has shortlisted five bidders for the DFBOMT concession covering the initial phase of the city’s first metro line.
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    Bogotá metro concessionaire selected

    2019-10-21T15:43:00Z

    COLOMBIA: The APCA Transmimetro consortium was announced as preferred bidder to build and operate the first phase of the Bogotá metro on October 17. The contract is expected to be signed within 45 days. APCA Transmimetro comprises China Harbor Engineering Co, Xi’an Metro Co, ...

  • Bombardier Monorail L15  1
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    Mixed success in São Paulo

    The São Paulo urban rail network is expanding as the city’s suburbs grow rapidly. But some projects are stuck, and solutions need to be found to deal with overcrowding. Benjámin Zelki reports.

  • Supervia train at Rio Maracana station
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    Private sector drives Brazilian urban rail revival

    The private sector is expected to play a crucial role in meeting Brazil’s urban rail needs.

  • Metro de Bogotá has shortlisted five bidders for the DFBOMT concession covering the initial phase of the city’s first metro line.
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    Five shortlisted for Bogotá metro concession

    2019-08-27T12:41:12Z

    COLOMBIA: Metro de Bogotá has shortlisted five bidders for the design-finance-build-operate-maintain-transfer concession covering the initial phase of the city’s first metro line. It expects to award the concession on October 21. The shortlisted consortia are: APCA Transmimetro: China Harbor Engineering Co, Xi’an Metro Co, CRRC Changchun, Bombardier ...

  • CRRC Changchun has supplied two builds of four-car EMUs for use in Rio de Janeiro. Photo: SuperVia/Henrique Freire
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    Mitsui and JR West take over Rio suburban network

    2019-08-19T14:58:00Z

    BRAZIL: A consortium of Mitsui and West Japan Railway has purchased a majority stake in Rio de Janeiro suburban railway operator SuperVia, at a reported cost of around ¥20bn. The Japanese trading group had previously held a 24% stake in the concessionaire, through its stake in SuperVia parent Odebrecht ...

  • The first 100 of 183 K9FE battery buses that BYD is supplying to operate in Santiago arrived at the port of San Antonio on July 31.
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    Electric buses arrive in Chile

    2019-08-07T12:53:47Z

    CHILE: The first 100 of 183 K9FE battery buses that BYD is supplying to operate in Santiago arrived at the port of San Antonio on July 31. The vehicles left the port of Shanghai on July 1 and will travel by road to the capital. The other 83 ...

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    São Paulo Line 18 project cancelled

    2019-07-25T12:00:00Z

    BRAZIL: São Paulo State Governor João Doria has announced that the São Paulo metro Line 18 project has been cancelled. A PPP concession to build, operate and maintain the monorail line was signed in 2014. The planned alignment from Tamanduateí to Estrada dos Alvarengas in the south will ...

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    Electric buses presented in Mendoza

    2019-07-19T08:00:00Z

    ARGENTINA: Mendoza bus and light rail operator STM unveiled 18 battery electric buses on July 11. All are equipped with lithium iron phosphate batteries. The 12 m long buses include 12 K9 vehicles supplied by Shenzhen-based manufacturer BYD. The other six have been supplied by local manufacturer Corven ...

  • Stadler is supplying 12 trams to Cochabamba.
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    Stadler rolls out first Cochabamba trams

    2019-07-17T08:47:02Z

    BOLIVIA: The first two Metelitsa trams that Stadler is supplying to Cochabamba have left the manufacturer’s factory at Minsk in Belarus. One of the vehicles is being transported by road to the port of Klaipeda in Lithuania to be shipped to Arica in Chile before continuing its journey ...