Urban transport news from the Americas

  • Contactless payment (Photo: Monterey-Salinas Transit)

    Californian contactless payment demonstration


    USA: Monterey-Salinas Transit has introduced contactless payment on its bus services as part of the Caltrans-led California Integrated Travel Project to improve travel planning and transit payments throughout the state.

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    Merval extension moves ahead


    CHILE: An environmental impact assessment is due to be completed by July for an extension of the Valparaíso suburban service from Limache to La Calera as part of the government’s Chile on Rails programme.

  • Hamilton LRT project

    Hamilton LRT back on with federal funding


    CANADA: The federal government has announced C$1·7bn of funding for the Hamilton Light Rail Transit project, matching Ontario’s C$1·7bn contribution to ensure that the proposed line can go ahead and will be long enough to be viable.

  • Newark Liberty airport (David Mark, Pixabay)

    Four shortlisted for contract to replace Newark airport monorail


    USA: Port Authority of New York & New Jersey has issued four shortlisted groups with a request for proposals for a contract to design, build, operate and maintain a 4 km elevated peoplemover to replace the ‘outmoded and unreliable’ AirTrain monorail at Newark Liberty International Airport.

  • Sound Transit Siemens series 2 LRV

    ‘Drumbeat of progress’ as Sound Transit’s fleet and network to be tripled in size


    USA: Seattle’s Sound Transit has put into service the first six of 152 light rail vehicles which it had ordered from Siemens Mobility as part of an expansion programme.

  • Toronto streetcar (Photo: Alstom)

    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.

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