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  • Phoenix Valley Metro
    Metro Report International

    Phoenix South Central light rail grant awarded


    USA: The Federal Transit Administration has approved a $529·8m funding package from the Capital Investment Grants programme for Phoenix’s Valley Metro’s $1·35bn South Central Light Rail Extension/Downtown Hub project. The 8·9 km, eight-stop light rail extension to South Mountain Village ‘will better connect Phoenix residents to ...

  • tw-kaohsiung-light-rail-x05-alstom
    Metro Report International

    Kaohsiung LRT extended as Citadis X05 trams enter service


    TAIWAN: Two more sections of the 22·1 km circular light rail line under construction in Kaohsiung were opened for passenger service on January 12, increasing the operational length to 12·8 km and adding a further nine stops. Intended to form a complete loop around the ...

  • Croydon tram
    Rail Business UK

    Route map to help light rail promoters understand the project development process


    UK: Industry association UK Tram has published a ‘route map’ to help the promoters of light rail schemes understand and progress through the planning process. The 25-page document draws on UKTram’s experience from across the light rail sector to provide a step-by-step guide to help project ...

  • A ‘learning hub’ has been launched to share information and experiences gained from the design, construction and operation of the UK’s first modern tram-train service.
    Metro Report International

    Tram-train project knowledge shared through learning hub


    UK: A ‘learning hub’ has been launched to share information and experiences gained from the design, construction and operation of the UK’s first modern tram-train service. After a prolonged development process, the pilot tram-train service linking Sheffield and Rotherham using the Supertram network and a Network ...

  • ru PK TS Corsair tram delivered to Kaliningrad
    Metro Report International

    Corsair narrow gauge tram delivered to Kaliningrad


    RUSSIA: PK TS’s first Type 71-921 Corsair tram has been delivered to Kaliningrad for testing on the city’s metre gauge network. The St Petersburg based manufacturer has designed the 2 300 mm wide articulated four-axle Corsair to meet the requirements of older ...

  • gb Edinburgh tram face covering
    Metro Report International

    Additional support for Edinburgh Trams and Glasgow Subway


    UK: The Scottish Government has announced a further £8m of emergency funding for the Glasgow Subway and Edinburgh Trams in response to the on-going financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic. The third tranche of funding announced on December 23 runs until the end of March. An ...

  • The first section of Istanbul tram line T5 alongside the Golden Horn waterway has opened
    Metro Report International

    Istanbul opens first section of Golden Horn tramway


    TURKEY: The first section of Istanbul tram line T5 alongside the Golden Horn waterway opened on January 4. The initial section runs 8·8 km from Alibeyköy to Cibali. There are 12 stops, including connections with the TF2 cable car and metro line M7. The line ...

  • The Finch West light rail line is due to open in 2023.
    Metro Report International

    Toronto Finch West light rail maintenance contract awarded


    CANADA: The Mosaic Transit joint venture which holds the PPP concession to design, build, finance and maintain Toronto’s Finch West Light Rail Transit line has subcontracted Bombardier Transportation to provide 30 years of infrastructure and rolling stock maintenance services. The 11 km light rail line from ...

  • dz-mostaganem-tram-depot-alstom
    Metro Report International

    Mostaganem tram starts test running


    ALGERIA: Test running on Mostaganem tram route T2 began on December 31, ahead of an expected opening in the first quarter of 2021.

  • fr Paris Tram 9 jacks
    Metro Report International

    Paris tram depot to feature lightweight jacks and bespoke turntable


    FRANCE: The depot for the Paris Tram 9 project is being equipped with a set of 18 lightweight lifting jacks and a bogie turntable supplied by CIM and its UK subsidiary Mechan. The 10 km route T9 with 19 stops will connect Paris-Porte de Choisy to ...

  • kp-Wonsan-Kalma_01
    Metro Report International

    North Korean tram loop completed


    NORTH KOREA: Construction of a tram line in the city of Wŏnsan was completed in late November, according to local media reports. The single track line forming a clockwise loop of around 8·5 km is situated in the resort area of the city, between Wonsan Kalma ...

  • ch-Zurich-Tram2000-Kalkbreite-SBaguette
    Metro Report International

    Vinnytsia to get Swiss Tram 2000 cars


    UKRAINE: The city of Vinnytsia is to receive a batch of second-hand Tram 2000 vehicles from Zürich, under a co-operation agreement signed on December 23.

  • The first stage of the light rail line in Canberra has opened.
    Metro Report International

    Green financing for Canberra light rail PPP


    AUSTRALIA: Light rail PPP concessionaire Canberra Metro has refinanced a A$280m debt facility using a green loan with climate bond initiative certification under low carbon transport criteria. The consortium of John Holland, Pacific Partnerships, Aberdeen Standard Investments and Mitsubishi Corp said this was the first ...

  • Tours Line A trams change from overhead to third rail power supply outside the SNCF station.
    Metro Report International

    Tours deploys interoperable smartphone ticketing platform


    FRANCE: Conduent’s Seamless Transportation System contactless payment technology has been rolled out across 21 trams and 200 buses in Tours’ Fil Bleu transport network. Users download the Seamless Transportation System smartphone app and register to activate an account. They then present their smartphone at any onboard ...

  • fr Valenciennes tram
    Metro Report International

    Condition-based tramway maintenance contracts signed


    FRANCE: Vossloh has signed multi-year framework agreements with initial three-year terms for the maintenance of tramway infrastructure in Le Havre and Valenciennes. Vossloh will provide the operators with a fixed-price condition guarantee for plain line track and turnouts, though a package including track analysis, continuous monitoring ...

  • au Gold Coast CTC ticket reader
    Metro Report International

    Gold Coast smart ticketing ready for visitors


    AUSTRALIA: Cubic Transportation Systems contactless smart ticketing has now been rolled out across the entire Gold Coast Light Rail network in Queensland, enabling passengers to pay using credit or debit cards, smart phones and smart watches. The deployment is the first to use Cubic’s new platform ...

  • Luxembourg tram (Photo: City of Luxembourg)
    Metro Report International

    Wireless trams reach Luxembourg Centrale


    LUXEMBOURG: An extension of the city of Luxembourg’s tramway 2 km south from Place de l’Etoile to the mainline interchange at Gare Centrale opened on December 13. There are intermediate stops at Hamilius in the historic centre, and at Place de Metz and Place de ...

  • tn nl-amsterdam-tram-interlaced
    Metro Report International

    Amsterdam awards tram and bus card reader contract


    NETHERLANDS: Amsterdam transport operator GVB has awarded Thales a contract to supply around 4 000 contactless card readers for its tram and bus fleets The readers will support payment by mobile phone, EMV bank and credit cards or QR code. Replacement of the existing readers ...

  • Lund tram
    Metro Report International

    Lund tramway opens up the ‘Science Road’


    SWEDEN: Lund became Sweden’s fourth city to have a modern tram network on December 13, with the opening of a 5·5 km double-track line connecting the Central station to university facilities and the European Spallation Source. The line is operated under contract by Norwegian transport group ...

  • Zürich city council and transport authority ZVV approved an SFr172m order for a further 40 Bombardier Transportation Flexity trams
    Metro Report International

    Flexity tram option approved


    SWITZERLAND: Zürich city council and transport authority ZVV approved an SFr172m order for a further 40 Bombardier Transportation Flexity trams on December 9. The vehicles will be supplied under a May 2016 framework contract which included a base order for 70 trams worth SFr358m, including spare ...