Transport & Mobility Projects
CANADA: The Confederation Line was inaugurated in Ottawa on September 14. Also known as O-Train Line 1, the 12·5 km light rail line links Tunney’s Pasture in the west with Blair in the east.
POLAND: An eastern extension of Warszawa metro Line 2 was inaugurated on September 15, with a day of free travel on the entire line.
SOUTH KOREA: A groundbreaking ceremony for the Shinansan suburban railway was held on September 9 at Ansan City Hall, southwest of Seoul.
CHINA: The National Development & Reform Commission has approved the fourth phase of the Chengdu metro. The plan includes eight projects to be completed by 2024, by which time the network would total 692 route-km.
SINGAPORE: Land Transport Authority has awarded two design-build contracts for civil works on five stations on the future Jurong Region Line, it announced on September 10.
INDIA: A further 5·6 km section of the Kochi metro opened for revenue services on September 4, following a formal inauguration the previous day by the Chief Minister of Kerala Pinarayi Vijayan and Minister of State for Housing & Urban Development Hardeep Singh Puri.
CANADA: Infrastructure Ontario and Metrolinx have selected the Mobilinx consortium as preferred bidder for the contract to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the Hurontario Light Rail Transit project to the west of Toronto. The contract is expected to the be awarded later this year.
USA: Residents of the city of Phoenix have voted overwhelmingly to reject a local legislative measure that would have halted funding for expansion of the city’s Valley Metro light rail network.
RUSSIA: The Chizhik fast tram route in St Petersburg has been completed, with revenue services on the third section commencing on September 1.
AUSTRALIA: The government of Victoria has established an authority to deliver the Suburban Rail Loop, and has selected a preferred alignment for the first phase.
SWITZERLAND: The first section of the Limmattalbahn light rail line serving Zürich opened to passengers on September 2.
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.