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    Baghdad metro operator sought


    IRAQ: The government is reported to be seeking an operator for two proposed underground metro lines in Baghdad. Both lines would be 23 km long. Line 1 would have 25 stations and Line 2 would have 22, with one interchange station serving both lines. The main maintenance depot ...

  • A southeastern extension of Shiraz metro Line 1 was inaugurated on August 22.

    Shiraz metro extension inaugurated


    IRAN: A southeastern extension of Shiraz metro Line 1 was inaugurated on August 22. The 10·5 km extension runs from Vali-e Asr to Shahid Dastgheyb. Intermediate stations are open at Fazilat and Shahid Doran, with five more due to open later. The initial 10·5 km section of the ...

  • The first four trainsets for the Doha metro have arrived in Qatar.

    First Doha metro trains arrive in Qatar


    QATAR: The first four trains for the Doha metro arrived at Hamad Port on August 19, following a 21-day journey from the Port of Kobe in Japan. Their arrival is two months ahead of schedule, and they will be transferred to the Al Wakra Depot shortly. Kinki Sharyo is ...

  • A BYD electric bus was tested in Tel Aviv starting in 2013.

    Electric buses ordered for Haifa


    ISRAEL: BYD is to supply 17 battery buses to Haifa. To be operated by Egged, the 12 m long vehicles form part of the city’s 400m shekel programme to reduce air pollution. Each bus will have capacity for 68 passengers including 31 seated. The batteries will be charged overnight, ...

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    Tehran metro extended to Imam Khomeini International Airport


    IRAN: The southwestern branch of Tehran Metro Line 1 from Shahed to Namayeshgah-e Shahr-e Aftab was rebranded as Line 8 when an extension to Imam Khomeini International Airport opened on August 7. This is the second metro link to the capital’s airports, with Line 4 already serving Mehrabad airport. ...

  • Alstom, IDRO and IRICO have signed an agreement defining terms for the potential formation of a rolling stock manufacturing joint venture

    Alstom plans Iranian urban rail rolling stock joint venture


    IRAN: Alstom, Industrial Development & Renovation Organization of Iran and Iranian Rail Industries Development Co signed an agreement on July 23 defining the terms for the potential formation of a joint venture to produce urban and suburban rolling stock in Iran. This builds on a memorandum of understanding signed by ...

  • Alstom is supplying 50 metro trainsets to Dubai as part of the Route 2020 project.

    Dubai Expo train mock-up revealed


    UAE: Alstom has presented a full-size mock-up of a Metropolis metro car for the Route 2020 metro project to a delegation from Dubai Roads & Transport Authority during its visit to France. Alstom is supplying 50 five-car trainsets for the Route 2020 project under a contract awarded last year; ...

  • The National Authority for Tunnels and Bombardier have signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding for the development of plans for Cairo metro Line 6.

    Bombardier to develop Cairo metro proposal


    EGYPT: The National Authority for Tunnels and Bombardier Transportation signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding for the development of plans for Cairo metro Line 6 on July 11. Under the terms of the memorandum, Bombardier Transportation is to develop a concept for Line 6 and prepare an initial indicative and ...

  • Tehran metro Line 7 was inaugurated on June 10.

    Tehran metro Line 7 inaugurated


    IRAN: The first phase of the sixth metro line in Tehran was inaugurated on June 10, connecting San’at Square to Basij on a 22 km alignment. Line 7 will eventually be 31 km long, once extensions at both ends open in March 2018. Nine more stations are to open ...

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    Tehran orders 70 metro cars from CRRC


    IRAN: The Tehran Wagon Manufacturing Co joint venture of CRRC, Norinco and Tehran Metro has won a €93m contract to supply 70 metro cars for the capital’s expanding network. The order is the latest of several that CRRC has won in Iran. Last year CRRC Changchun started deliveries of ...

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    CRRC Changchun to supply more metro cars to Mashhad


    IRAN: CRRC Changchun is to supply 20 five-car trainsets for the second phase of Mashhad metro Line 2, which is due to open in May. The first three sets will be manufactured in China, with the remainder being made in Iran by a joint venture that CRRC Changchun formed ...

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    Riyadh takes delivery of Alstom metro train


    SAUDI ARABIA: Arriyadh Development Authority has taken delivery of the first Alstom Metropolis trainset for the Riyadh metro. Alstom is supplying 69 two-car driverless trainsets from its Katowice factory in Poland, with deliveries due to be completed in 2018. The 36 m long trains have a maximum speed of ...

  • Line 2 in Mashhad has opened.

    Mashhad metro Line 2 opens


    IRAN: The first phase of the second metro line in Mashhad opened on February 20, running northeast-southwest from Kashfrood to Shohada. The 8 km section of Line 2 has six stations, with an additional station due to open at a later stage. The second phase, running southwest from Shohada ...

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    Urban news

    Tel Aviv Red Line tunnelling begins


    ISRAEL: Transport Minister Israel Katz attended a ceremony on February 19 to mark the start of tunnel boring on the Red Line in Tel Aviv, which included the launch of TBM Golda , named after former prime minister Golda Meir. The TBM made by CREG is the first of ...

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    Arabian architecture and palm trees inspire Riyadh metro train


    SAUDI ARABIA: Alstom unveiled a Metropolis trainset for the Riyadh metro at its Katowice factory in Poland on February 7. The Metropolis trainset destined for Line 6 is the fifth that Alstom has produced for Riyadh; the first left the factory on January 10. Deliveries are due to be completed ...

  • Hyundai Rotem is supply and maintain 256 cars for Cairo metro Line 3.

    Hyundai Rotem awarded Cairo metro Line 3 train contract


    EGYPT: Hyundai Rotem announced on February 6 that it had been awarded a 433bn won contract to supply 256 cars for Cairo metro Line 3 and maintain them for eight years. Deliveries are scheduled for 2018-20. Extensions to the initial phase of Line 3 will take the line to 45·5 ...

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    Urban news

    Tunnelling completed on Riyadh metro’s longest line


    SAUDI ARABIA: Riyadh Governor Prince Faisal bin Bandar Al Saud attended a ceremony at the future Qasr Al Hokm Downtown station to mark the completion of tunnelling on Line 3 of the Riyadh metro. The 41 km Orange Line includes 11 km of tunnels. These have been partly excavated ...

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    Urban news

    Iran develops domestic metro supply industry


    IRAN: Significant steps have been taken towards establishing a domestic urban rail supply chain, Tehran Urban & Suburban Railway Operation Co’s Chief Executive Dr Ahmadi Bafandeh told the inaugural conference of the Iranian metro supply industry. The event held in the capital during December attracted representatives from more than 100 ...

  • Testing of the train was completed in September, and it arrived in Riyadh at the end of November.

    Riyadh takes delivery of first Bombardier metro train


    SAUDI ARABIA: Bombardier Transportation delivered the first driverless trainset for Line 3 of the Riyadh metro to the Saudi capital on November 29. Bombardier is supplying 47 two-car Innovia 300 trainsets to operate on the 40·7 km Orange Line under its US$383m share of a US$5·21bn contract awarded to ...

  • An extension of Esfahan’s sole metro line opened on November 2.

    Esfahan metro extended


    IRAN: An extension of Esfahan’s sole metro line by 800 m south from Shohada to Takhti opened on November 2, along with three more intermediate stations at Baharestan, Golestan and Shahid Chamran on the existing route. This takes Line 1 to 12·5 km with 11 stations. Most of the line ...