All Light Rail articles – Page 10

  • The light rail line in Newcastle opened to passengers on February 18.
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    Newcastle light rail line opens


    AUSTRALIA: Regular passenger services on the Newcastle light rail line began at 05.05 on February 18, marking the first tram service in the city since the first-generation network closed in 1950. The 2·7 km route serves six stops between Pacific Park in the east and Wickham in the west, ...

  • The tram line would serve the city's railway station at Bassengué. (Photo: Mboupda Talla Roger, CC BY-SA 3.0)

    Douala tram project poised to launch


    CAMEROON: Construction work on a ‘pilot’ 18 km tram route in the rapidly expanding port city of Douala is expected to start during the first half of this year. This follows signature of an agreement announced on January 30 between the government and a consortium led by Iristone Consulting of ...

  • PK Transportnye Systemy is working with Cognitive Technologies to develop a prototype autonomous tram.
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    Autonomous tram under development in Russia


    RUSSIA: Tram builder PK Transportnye Systemy is working with Cognitive Technologies to develop a prototype autonomous tram. A Vityaz-M vehicle is being fitted with 10 to 20 video cameras and up to 10 radar sensors, in addition to Cognitive’s Low Level Data Fusion technology, which processes the raw data. ...

  • Firenze tram Route T2 was inaugurated on February 11.

    Firenze tram route T2 inaugurated


    ITALY: Firenze tram Route T2 was inaugurated at noon on February 11, ahead of the entry into passenger service at 14.30. Travel on the route is free for two weeks. The opening ceremony was attended by President Sergio Mattarella, Minister of Transport & Infrastructure Danilo Toninelli, Mayor Dario Nardella, ...

  • Tatra-Yug is supplying 15 trams to Alexandria.

    Tatra-Yug delivers tram to Alexandria


    EGYPT: The first of 15 high-floor trams that Tatra-Yug is supplying to Alexandria Passenger Transportation Authority began test running on February 10, having arrived in Alexandria four days earlier. The tram is expected to enter revenue service on the 32 route-km standard gauge network in late February. It is ...

  • A little over half of the tram fleet in Warszawa is currently low-floor (Photo: Ryszard Piech)

    Hyundai Rotem selected for Warszawa tram contract


    POLAND: Tramwaje Warszawskie has selected Hyundai Rotem as preferred bidder to supply up to 213 low-floor trams, the operator announced on February 8. Rotem’s bid of 1·852bn złoty excluding VAT beat those of Pesa, which offered a price exceeding TW’s budget, and that by a consortium of Stadler and ...

  • Construction of the Almaty light rail line is planned to start this year.

    Four shortlisted for Almaty light rail PPP


    KAZAKHSTAN: Almaty municipality has shortlisted four bidders for the 26-year PPP contract to design, build and operate a light rail line in the city. The shortlisted bidders are: Itochu, Makyol and CAF; China Machinery Engineering Corp, China High Speed Railway Technology Co and China Railway 22th Bureau Group Co; ...

  • Manchester is one of the UK cities with a tram network.

    UK government seeks views on developing light rail technology


    UK: The government issued a call for evidence to inform the future development of light rail and related transport on February 7. Light Rail Minister Jesse Norman said that the ‘wide-ranging call for evidence seeks new ideas and new support for the next generation of light rail’. In addition ...

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    Stadler lowest bidder for Milano tram renewal


    ITALY: Stadler Rail Valencia has been announced as low bidder for a contract to supply a new generation of 1 445 mm gauge trams to Milano public transport operator ATM. Formal contract award is expected to follow legal scrutiny of the tenders. Bids were opened on February 5 for a ...

  • Testing on the next light rail line in Antalya began on January 25.

    Testing starts on next Antalya light rail line


    TURKEY: Testing on the next light rail line in Antalya began on January 25, after the completion of the route’s first stage four days earlier. The 11 km first phase has been built in 1½ years at a cost of TL700m. It will run from Varsak in the north ...

  • Siemens had previously supplied two batches of light rail vehicles to Houston.
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    Siemens to supply more light rail vehicles to Houston


    USA: Houston Metro has awarded Siemens Mobility a contract to supply 14 S70 low-floor light rail vehicles. The LRVs will be built to an updated design with wider gangways for better passenger flow. To meet Buy America requirements, they will be assembled at Siemens Mobility’s plant in Sacramento, California. ...

  • The Cuenca tramway is due to open to passengers in March.
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    Cuenca tramway to open next month


    ECUADOR: The Cuenca tramway is currently in the final acceptance phase and is scheduled to begin revenue service in the first half of March. Test running has been underway since 2015, but completion has been delayed by a series of funding and contractual problems. In 2017 the ACTN consortium ...

  • ITSO on mobile has gone live for public use on the West Midlands Metro tram line.
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    ITSO on Mobile launched


    UK: ITSO on mobile has gone live for public use on the West Midlands Metro tram line, bringing the UK’s transport smart card standard to mobile devices using Google Pay for the first time. Android smartphone users can now use Google Pay to buy tickets on the Swift on ...

  • The Liège tram project is due to be completed in 2022.

    Liège tram loan agreed


    BELGIUM: The Tram’Ardent consortium, which is developing the Liège tram project, signed a €200m loan agreement with the European Investment Bank on January 31. The 30-year loan covers just under half of the total project cost and is guaranteed under the European Fund for Strategic Investments. ‘I am ...

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    Sanya tram line opens to passengers


    CHINA: The initial phase of the first tram line in Sanya on Hainan Island opened for revenue service on January 1. Services are operating on the northern section of the line from Sanya Railway Station to Jiefang Lu, serving six stops. When complete, the line will be 8·4 km ...

  • Pesa has already supplied 25 Swing trams to Sofia.

    Pesa to supply more trams to Sofia


    BULGARIA: Sofia tram operator Stolichen Elektrotransport EAD signed a €22·8m contract with Pesa for the supply of 13 low-floor trams on January 29. Deliveries are due to be completed by the end of the year, and the vehicles will operate on Route 5 serving the southwest of the city. ...

  • MPK Kraków is purchasing 15 more Tramino Kraków trams.

    MPK Kraków exercises Tramino option


    POLAND: MPK Kraków has exercised an option for 15 low-floor trams from a consortium of Stadler Poland and Solaris Bus & Coach. The purchase price is 109·1m złoty excluding VAT. In January 2018 MPK Kraków signed a framework contract for the supply of up to 50 trams, with the ...

  • The tram extension to Olympisches Dorf was ceremonially opened on January 25.

    Innsbruck tram extension inaugurated


    AUSTRIA: Trams began serving the Olympisches Dorf area of Innsbruck on January 26, following a ceremonial opening of an extension the previous day. The 4·3 km branch between Leipziger Platz and Josef-Kerschbuamer-Straße has 12 stops and is operated by routes 2 and 5. It includes a new bridge over ...

  • King Mohammed VI officially opens Casablanca’s second tram line.
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    King opens second Casablanca tram line


    MOROCCO: King Mohammed VI officially opened Casablanca’s second tram line on January 23, with revenue services starting the following day. Line T2 runs between Sidi Bernoussi and Aïn Diab. It has a total length of 22·5 km, including 15 km of new alignment and 7·5 km of existing line between ...

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    Revised cost estimate for Helsinki – Espoo light rail line


    FINLAND: A revised cost estimate for the planned Raide-Jokeri orbital light rail line that would link Helsinki with Espoo has been announced. If this is approved by the two city governments, construction can begin in June. The 25 km route is now expected to cost €566m, including €110m for ...