Brazil: The Governor of São Paulo confirmed on July 16 that the 9·5 km initial section of metro Line 5 between Capão Redondo and Largo Treze will open in the second quarter of 2002. Feasibility studies have been commissioned for the second stage to an interchange with Line 1 at Santa Cruz (RG 10.99 p618).

Canada: Montréal’s Agence Métropolitaine de Transport is carrying out a one-year, C$600000 feasibility study into a light rail line along Park Avenue.

Great Britain: Transport for London has started public consultation for a planned ’transit route’ in Greenwich and Woolwich, which may use trams (p504).

The Sunderland extension of the Tyne & Wear Metro (RG 7.01 p474) is now expected to open on March 31 next year.

Poland: Bombardier Transportation has demonstrated a Cityrunner tram in Warszawa. Should it secure an order from Tramwaje Warszawskie, Bombardier would build derivatives of its Graz cars in Wroclaw.

Singapore: Maunsell Singapore has been commissioned to undertake design work on stage two of the Marina line, due to enter service in 2006. Tenders for construction will be called in December.

Westinghouse Rail Systems has commissioned automatic train supervision and control systems at Dover station on the Changi Airport line.

Switzerland: Zürich Forchbahn has ordered 13 metre-gauge Stadler type GTW low-floor trams, for delivery at the end of 2003.

USA: Bombardier Transportation has been awarded a US$34m contract to supply 24 CX-100 automated people-mover cars to replace older vehicles used at Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport. Built at Pittsburgh, the cars are due to be delivered between August and December this year.

On July 9 a groundbreaking ceremony was held for a $75m, 4 km extension of the Memphis heritage tramway to Medical Center, to be completed in spring 2004.

Sacramento Regional Transit is testing a San Jose LRV, with a view to buying some or all of the 50-strong fleet, which VTA plans to replace with Kinki Sharyo low-floor cars (RG 5.01 p281).