Middle East and African urban transport news

  • Makkah metro control room
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    Makkah metro communications upgraded for Hajj operations


    SAUDI ARABIA: Hytera has replaced the communication systems on the Al Mashaaer Al Mugaddassah metro line in Makkah which only operates during the annual Hajj pilgrimage. Hytera said the existing communication system, which had been running since the 18 km line opened in November 2010, had ...

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    Côte d’Ivoire: Abidjan metro makes slow progress


    Longstanding plans for construction of a north-south metro line in the capital of Côte d’Ivoire have progressed slowly, with only 4∙4 km of the route so far cleared for the main work to start.

  • Bursa tramway T2 (8)
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    Bursa opens T2 tramway


    TURKEY: Bursa’s north-south tramway T2 opened on July 2, with a week of free travel. The 9·4 km line connects the Terminal bus station in the north with Kent Meydanı, where there is an interchange with T1. The route has 11 stops. ...

  • Plans for a 50 km light rail network with trams designed to look like trains from the historic Hedjaz Railway have been announced by the Royal Commission for AlUla.
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    Hedjaz Railway-inspired trams planned in AlUla


    SAUDI ARABIA: Plans for a 50 km light rail network with trams designed to look like trains from the historic Hedjaz Railway have been announced by the Royal Commission for AlUla. The tramway would connect urban areas, archaeological sites and tourist destinations around the ancient city ...

  • Impression of Mitsubishi and Kinki Sharyo train for Phase 1 of Cairo metro Line 4
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    Cairo Metro Line 4 ticketing and telecoms contract awarded


    EGYPT: National Authority for Tunnels has awarded Thales, Orascom Construction and Colas Rail a turnkey contract to design and deploy the telecoms, control and ticketing systems for Cairo Metro Line 4 Phase 1 and provide two years of maintenance. The east-west Line 4 is being developed ...

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    Egyptian rolling stock localisation agreement signed


    EGYPT: The National Egyptian Railway Industries Co joint venture has signed an agreement with Hyundai Rotem for the local assembly of 40 metro trains totalling 320 cars to be deployed on Cairo metro lines 2 and 3. NERIC said the localisation agreement signed when a delegation ...

  • Indra ticketing mobile access
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    Cairo monorail ticketing contract awarded


    EGYPT: Indra is to supply the ticketing system for the 22 stations on the future 54 km New Administrative City – East Cairo and 42 km October 6 City – Giza monorail lines. The contract includes the design, development and supply of contactless cards, QR code ...

  • Tel Aviv Green Line Alstom Citadis tram impression
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    Tel Aviv Green Line light rail contract awarded


    ISRAEL: Tel Aviv urban transport project promoter NTA Metropolitan Mass Transit Systems has formally awarded the Tel Aviv Metropolitan Tramway consortium a €2·6bn contract to design, finance and build the Green Line light rail route and provide 25 years of maintenance. The consortium of Alstom, local ...

  • CAF Jerusualem tram delivery
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    Jerusalem tram delivery


    ISRAEL: The first of 114 Urbos 100 trams for the expansion of the Jerusalem light rail network has left the CAF factory at Zaragoza in Spain. Deliveries are running six months ahead of schedule, which is expected to enable entry into service earlier than planned. The ...

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    Cape Town aims to be a laboratory for urban mobility


    SOUTH AFRICA: Plans to position Cape Town as a ‘laboratory for urban mobility in a developing world’ have been presented at an industry briefing on the city’s vision for a New Generation Technologies strategic framework and Integrated Ticketing Business Plan. ‘We have got a whole lot ...

  • Opening of the Istanbul metro M2 extension.
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    Turkish government seeks to extend control over urban rail investment


    TURKEY: The Ministry of Transport & Communications is seeking to become both owner and operator of new urban railways it is funding, instead of handing over operation and management of the completed assets to city municipalities as has happened in the past.

  • Impression of interurban light rail stop at Government City (Kiryat Hamemshala) in Nazareth
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    Haifa – Nazareth interurban light rail invitations to tender issued


    ISRAEL: Project promoter Trans Israel has issued invitations to tender for the concession to finance, design and build the railway systems and rolling stock for the 41 km Nofit interurban light rail line between Haifa and Nazareth, and to operate the future services for 25 years. ...

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    Riyadh metro connectivity contract


    SAUDI ARABIA: Czech company Passengera has completed its largest contract to date, covering the provision of internet connectivity and wi-fi on the Riyadh metro which is nearing completion. ‘The project includes the design of the communications infrastructure, the installation of wi-fi in several different types of ...

  • Tel Aviv from the air (Photo mfvgml, Pixabay)
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    NTA shortlists candidates to manage delivery of Tel Aviv Metro network


    ISRAEL: NTA has announced that 12 consortia have expressed interest at the pre-qualification stage for contracts to design and oversee construction of the Tel Aviv Metro, a planned €40bn three-line network totalling 150 km and 109 stations. The consortia are: Poram Shrem, Karni Engineering, Hason-Yerushalmi ...

  • Alexandria (Photo: Anwar Hassan/Pixabay)
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    Alexandria metro financing agreed


    EGYPT: The European Bank for Reconstruction & Development is to provide a €250m loan to co-finance the conversion of an Egyptian National Railways line in Alexandria into a high-capacity metro. The EBRD funding announced on March 7 is part of a €1·76bn package co-financed by the European ...

  • Jerusalem light rail map
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    Jerusalem Purple Line tram route approved


    ISRAEL: The Regional Planning Committee has approved the proposed route for the Purple Line tramway in Jerusalem. The 14 km line with 19 stops is intended to form an east-west corridor across the southern part of the city. The first stage would start from an interchange ...

  • Tel Aviv from the air (Photo mfvgml, Pixabay)
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    Preliminary approval given to Tel Aviv Metro bill


    ISRAEL: Draft legislation paving the way for construction of the three proposed metro lines in Tel Aviv was approved by the Knesset’s National Infrastructure Projects Committee on February 15, clearing the way for the bill to go forward for its second and third readings in parliament. ...

  • Rabat tramway (Photo: Alstom Transport/P Thebault)
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    Rabat-Salé tram network extended


    MOROCCO: Two extensions to Line 2 of the Rabat-Salé tram network were opened for revenue service on February 16, more than two years later than originally planned. Line 2 has been extended by 2·4 km southwest from Hôpital Moulay Youssef to Yacoub Al Mansour, adding 4 ...

  • Haifa Nazareth tram-train stop impression
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    Six prequalify for Haifa – Nazareth tram-train concession


    ISRAEL: Project promoter Trans Israel has prequalified six consortia for the Infra 2 PPP concession to finance, design and procure the railway systems and rolling stock for the future Haifa – Nazareth inter-urban light rail line, and to operate the completed route. The six are: ...

  • Tel Aviv from the air (Photo mfvgml, Pixabay)
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    Tel Aviv light rail Green Line preferred bidder selected


    ISRAEL: Tel Aviv urban transport project promoter NTA Metropolitan Mass Transit Systems has selected the Tel Aviv Metropolitan Tramway consortium of Alstom, bus operator Dan Transportation and infrastructure contractor Electra to finance, design, built, operate and maintain the light rail Green Line. ...