SUBSCRIBERS will receive with this issue a copy of Metro Report 1999, our annual snapshot and overview of the latest developments in urban railways worldwide. Articles contributed by chief executives from metro and urban rail operators describe investment plans and programmes in cities ranging from Ankara to Taipei.

Also in Metro Report, General Secretary of the International Union of Public Transport Hans Rat comments on the effects of restructuring and regionalisation on public transport, and GO Transit Managing Director Richard Ducharme outlines developments in Toronto, which was host city for the 53rd UITP Congress on May 23-28 and the associated City Transport 99 exhibition. Anyone contemplating acquisition of low-floor trams or LRVs should read the detailed article by Harry Hondius which analyses recent orders, prices and technology.

Metro Report also comments on the rise of the intermediate-capacity metro, often with driverless operation. Individual copies can be ordered from ESCO Business Services, price £30·00.