Middle East and African urban transport news

  • Istanbul metro M5 station
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    Istanbul Line M5 CBTC contract awarded

    2021-11-26T12:22:00Z

    TURKEY: Alstom is to supply, test and commission communications-based train control systems for the 11 km Çekmeköy-Sancaktepe – Sultanbeyli eastern extension of the driverless metro Line M5 on the Asian side of Istanbul.

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    Education City Yellow Line opened

    2021-11-17T10:00:00Z

    QATAR: Services have started running on the Yellow Line of the Education City light rail network, providing connections between Education City Stadium and the Qatar Metro Green Line at Al Shaqab.

  • Impression of Mitsubishi and Kinki Sharyo train for Phase 1 of Cairo metro Line 4
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    Pyramid metro trains ordered

    2021-11-11T12:01:00Z

    EGYPT: The National Authority for Tunnels has awarded Mitsubishi Corp and Kinki Sharyo a ¥40bn contract to supply 184 metro cars incorporating ‘advanced railway technologies developed in Japan’ for use on Phase 1 of Cairo Line 4. Announcing the contract on November 9, Mitsubishi Corp said ...

  • Istanbul M11 testing running begins (2)
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    Testing begins on Istanbul airport metro line

    2021-11-10T09:00:00Z

    TURKEY: Testing running has begun on the first phase of Istanbul’s express metro line M11. This is being built to serve the city’s new main airport, which opened in 2019. Announcing the start of dynamic testing at the Gayrettepe terminus on November 8, Minister of Transport ...

  • Cairo metro Line 1 Alstom Metropolis train impression
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    Cairo Metro fleet modernisation agreements

    2021-11-08T15:00:00Z

    EGYPT: The National Authority for Tunnels has reached an agreement for Alstom to supply and maintain 55 Metropolis trainsets for Cairo Metro Line 1, and has awarded CAF and Mitsubishi a contract to refurbish 23 existing trains. The agreements announced on November 8 form part of ...

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    Antalya light rail extension opened

    2021-10-26T09:13:00Z

    TURKEY: Antalya Metropolitan Municipality opened the third stage of AntiRay light rail route T3 on October 25, offering a week of free travel before the start of revenue operations at the end of the month. The 24 km line links Varsak in the north of the ...

  • Dubai Metro (Photo: Dubai Roads & Transport Authority)
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    Thales awarded Dubai metro signalling contract

    2021-10-18T05:00:00Z

    UAE: Dubai metro operating contractor Keolis-MHI JV has appointed Thales to provide corrective maintenance, on-demand enhancements, repairs and spare parts for the signalling and communication systems. Thales’ management system is intended to optimise energy consumption and improve the overall connectivity, efficiency and performance of the metro ...

  • UrbanMass has announced plans for a demonstration installation of its Floc concept for driverless electric pods
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    Driverless pod technology planned for Shildon and Kampala

    2021-10-14T00:02:00Z

    UK: UrbanMass has announced plans for a demonstration installation of its Floc concept for driverless electric pods which would use existing roads to collect passengers on-demand, and then ‘flock’ together as trains on dedicated elevated tracks. A demonstration system is planned to open at the National ...

  • Istanbul metro logos
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    ‘War of signs’ breaks out on metro network

    2021-10-11T05:00:00Z

    TURKEY: Ever since the first sections of the Istanbul Metro opened for revenue service almost three decades ago, station entrances across the municipally-operated network have been marked clearly by an easily-identifiably logo — a capital letter M, merged with an arrow pointing downwards to the station ...

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    Be’er Sheva light rail planning underway

    2021-10-08T05:00:00Z

    ISRAEL: The Ministry of Transport & Road Safety’s Infrastructure Planning & Development Administration has held its first meeting to oversee the development of a light rail line in the city of Be’er Sheva. The 25 km line would serve the North/University and Central railway stations, Ben ...

  • tr-Mersin metro 1
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    Mersin announces construction schedule for city’s first metro line

    2021-10-05T14:05:00Z

    TURKEY: Mersin municipality has announced that construction of the 13·4 km Mezitli – 3 Ocak underground metro line will start on January 3 2022, the 100th anniversary of the French evacuation of the city, and is scheduled to take 48 months. The TL3·379bn electrical and mechanical ...

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    Constantine tram extension completed

    2021-10-04T13:09:00Z

    ALGERIA: The 3·4 km final section of Constantine’s southern tramway extension from Chahid Kadri Brahim to Université Abdelhamid-Mehri was inaugurated by Prime Minister & Finance Minister Aimene Benabderrahmane on September 29.

  • Istanbul M7 metro extension map
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    Ship canal poses challenge as Istanbul extends metro line

    2021-09-10T05:00:00Z

    TURKEY: Excavation work is underway on a long-planned 18 km underground extension of Istanbul’s M7 metro line, with the €220m cost to be financed from a Eurobond issued by Istanbul municipality late last year. The extension is to be built in two stages. The first will ...

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    First Cairo monorail trainsets delivered

    2021-09-09T05:00:00Z

    EGYPT: The first two of 70 four-car Alstom Innovia 300 trains for the Cairo monorail project have been delivered to the Egyptian capital. The vehicles are being manufactured at Alstom’s Derby plant in the UK, with work on the Mitrac traction systems led by the company’s ...

  • Dubai driverless metro1_RTA
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    Keolis-MHI takes over Dubai metro and tram operations

    2021-09-08T15:16:00Z

    UAE: ‘This is an exciting day for us’, Keolis Group’s International CEO Bernard Tabary told Metro Report International when a Keolis-MHI joint venture took over the operation and maintenance of Dubai’s driverless metro and tram networks on September 8.

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    Mersin awards contract for construction of first metro line

    2021-08-27T05:00:00Z

    TURKEY: Mersin municipality has formally awarded the contract for construction of the city’s first underground metro line. The winner was a consortium of US company Dillingham Construction International and Turkey’s Kıska-Kom, which submitted the lowest bid of TL3·379bn. Bids had also been submitted by a consortium ...

  • Izmir clock tower (Photo: Ben Kerckx/Pixabay)
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    İzmir invites tenders for Otogar – Kemalpaşa metro line

    2021-08-19T05:00:00Z

    TURKEY: Seven companies or consortia have applied to prequalify for the contract to build İzmir’s planned Otogar – Kemalpaşa metro line. The 27·5 km line with 19 stations will link the inter-city coach station with the future Ankara – İzmir high speed rail line and the ...

  • Jerusalem Mayor light rail Red Line rails
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    Jerusalem light rail expansion tracklaying begins

    2021-08-13T13:41:00Z

    ISRAEL: Ceremonial first rails for the expansion of Jerusalem’s light rail Red Line were laid in the presence of Mayor Moshe Lion on August 11. The line is being extended north to Neve Ya’akov and south from Mount Hertzel to the Hadassah hospital, adding 11 stops. ...

  • Hyundai Rotem tram in Izmir.
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    Bozankaya lowest bidder for Izmir tram contract

    2021-07-30T05:00:00Z

    TURKEY: Bozankaya submitted the lowest bid of TL749·75m for a contract to supply 26 trams to İzmir Metro for use on the Konak and Karşıyaka lines and the future Çiğli line which is currently under construction.

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    EBRD approves Izmir metro loan

    2021-07-29T10:41:00Z

    TURKEY: The European Bank for Reconstruction Development is to provide Izmir municipality with a €125m loan to support construction of the first phase of the Üçyol – Buca driverless metro line. The 13·5 km line will be entirely underground, with an end to ...