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  • Toronto streetcar (Photo: Alstom)
    Metro Report International

    Toronto streetcar funding confirmed


    CANADA: The government of Ontario has agreed to provide C$180m to support the purchase of 60 additional streetcars for Toronto Transit Commission. The funding will be matched by the federal government, with the City of Toronto providing an additional C$208m. The trams are to be ...

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    Metro Report International

    Toronto subway expansion funding announced


    CANADA: Federal funding to cover 40% of the C$26·8bn cost of four ‘shovel-ready’ public transport projects in the Greater Toronto Area was announced on May 12. Infrastructure Canada said this was a ‘once-in-a-generation’ investment in the area, which has 20% of Canada’s population and the ...

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    Toruń tramway extension contract awarded


    POLAND: A consortium of Balzola Polska and Intop Warszawa has been awarded a 158m złoty contract to build a 5·5 km tramway extension to the Jar residential district in the north of the city of Toruń. The double-track route will run along the median of ...

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    Metro Report International

    Texas backs Capital Metro tunnels


    USA: The Texas House of Representatives has approved the construction of metro tunnels under Republic Square Park and Brush Square in Austin as part of Capital Metro’s light rail expansion programme.

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    Metro Report International

    Acciona to eliminate Melbourne rail/tram crossing


    AUSTRALIA: Victoria’s Major Transport Infrastructure Authority has selected an Acciona-led consortium to rebuild a section of Melbourne’s Frankston suburban line, eliminating two level crossings southeast of the city and the flat crossing between rail and tram routes at Glenhuntley.

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    Very Light Rail rapid charger installed at Dudley test track


    UK: Furrer+Frey GB has installed an ‘ultra-rapid’ battery charge station at the Very Light Rail National Innovation Centre in Dudley, where the prototype vehicle for the planned Coventry VLR line is to be tested. Intended as a low-cost alternative to overhead ...

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    Metro Report International

    Twist trams delivered to Tramwaje Śląskie


    POLAND: PESA Bydgoszcz has completed the delivery of 35 Twist low-floor trams ordered by Tramwaje Śląskie. The 221m złoty EU co-financed contract placed in June 2018 covered 27 Type 2017N trams which are 25 m long and designed specifically for Tramwaje ...

  • CAF Jerusalem tram
    Metro Report International

    Tram tracking and depot management contract awarded


    ISRAEL: CAF has awarded GMV a contract to supply an automatic vehicle location and depot management system for Jerusalem’s expanding light rail network. Based on GMV’s SAE-R software platform, the system will provide standard functions such as tram fleet tracking, driver communications and passenger information, ...

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    Metro Report International

    CAF confirms Lisboa Route 15 tram contract


    PORTUGAL: Lisboa operator Carris has finalised a €43m contract for CAF to supply 15 metre-gauge Urbos trams and provide five years of maintenance. Announcing the contract award on April 21, CAF said the 28·5 m long, five-section unidirectional low-floor vehicles would have a maximum speed of ...

  • Jerusalem tram in Cfir livery
    Metro Report International

    Cfir takes over Jerusalem light rail operations


    ISRAEL: The Cfir grouping of CAF and local company Shapir Engineering Ltd took over as operating concessionaire for the Jerusalem light rail network on April 16, succeeding CityPass which had held the contract to operate the Red Line for the past 10 years. Under the ...

  • Manchester Metrolink 2CC St Peter's Square stop-scaled
    Metro Report International

    Tram operator joins CIRAS health and safety reporting service


    UK: Manchester tram operator KeolisAmey Metrolink has joined the CIRAS independent and not-for-profit confidential health and safety reporting service for the transport sector. If an employee contacts CIRAS with a health or safety issue, CIRAS will listen and share the concern with KAM, without identifying ...

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    Manchester tram airflow helps to limit coronavirus risk, study finds


    Photo: Tony Miles UK: The constant circulation of air by the ventilation system on Greater Manchester’s light rail vehicles helps to limit the risk of aerosol transmission of viruses, an independent study has found. Transport for Greater Manchester commissioned Arup to undertake computational fluid dynamics ...

  • Paris tram T9 (Photo: Île-de-France Mobilités)
    Metro Report International

    Trams with custom lighting enter service as Paris T9 opens


    FRANCE: Île-de-France tram line T9 opened on April 10, connecting Porte de Choisy metro station with Place Gaston Viens in Orly in the southeast suburbs of Paris. T9 runs via Ivry-sur-Seine, Vitry-sur-Seine, Choisy-le-Roi and Thiais. The line is 10·3 km long ...

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    Metro Report International

    Ufa tramway modernisation agreement signed


    RUSSIA. Sinara Urban Transport Solutions, the Ministry of Economic Development and the government of the Republic of Bashkortostan have signed an agreement for a comprehensive modernisation of the tram network in Ufa. Investment of 27·6bn roubles is planned in 2022-24, including building a line connecting ...

  • Most and Litvínov interurban tramway
    Metro Report International

    Interurban tramway upgrade begins


    CZECH REPUBLIC: Work has begun on a major project to modernise the infrastructure on the 10 km interurban light railway linking the towns of Most and Litvínov with a large petrochemical complex in Ústí nad Labem region, close to the German border. Intended to reduce ...

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    Metro Report International

    Work underway on Cagliari tram extension


    ITALY: Work has started on a long-planned extension of Cagliari’s 950 mm gauge tramway to link the existing terminus at Piazza Repubblica with the main railway station.

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    Metro Report International

    Study sets out the benefits brought by Manchester Metrolink


    UK: The £1·5bn Metrolink expansion programme which tripled the size of Greater Manchester’s light rail network has had a major impact on the region, according to research undertaken by Transport for Greater Manchester. The report produced in-house with support from external specialists looked at the ...

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    Metro Report International

    Dallas City Council backs DART D2 Subway plan


    USA: Dallas City Council has unanimously approved a resolution supporting the Dallas Area Rapid Transit D2 Subway project. The planned second light rail line through downtown Dallas would run 3·2 km from Victory Park to Deep Ellum with one surface and three underground stations and ...

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    Metro Report International

    Sarajevo tram and trolleybus investment to cut congestion and pollution


    BOSNIA HERZEGOVINA: The European Investment Bank has signed a €40m loan ‘on the most favourable terms’ to support the modernisation and extension of Sarajevo’s tram and trolleybus networks. This will include renovating infrastructure on the 19·5 km tramway, re-establishing trolleybus infrastructure within existing ...

  • San Dieco MTS Public Security Officers
    Metro Report International

    Transport security changes after social justice concerns


    USA: San Diego Metropolitan Transit System has made changes to its security procedures in response to national concerns about law enforcement. ‘The significant social justice issues involving law enforcement all over the country have made us even more aware of how we want to engage ...