Argentina: Buenos Aires metro concessionaire Metrovías has awarded a US$70m contract to CMW Equipamentos of Brazil for installation of cab signalling to cut headways to 2min on four of Subte's five lines by 1999.

Brazil: CBTU has negotiated R$27·5m in federal funds to complete the Minas Shopping - Sao Gabriel section of the Belo Horizonte regional metro; this will in turn release R$198m for an extension to Via Norte.

CPTM has appointed Ineco of Spain to provide technical assistance for modernisation of São Paulo's 22·8 km South line between Osasco and Jurubatuba, and for work on the Capão Redondo - Largo Treze section of metro Line 5.

China: With the completion of tracklaying, the first Airport Railway works train reached Hong Kong Island on July 30.

Denmark: Union Switch & Signal has won a US$29·8m contract for driverless train control for København's Bybanen metro.

Hungary: Budapest Transport has formed DBR Metro Kft to manage development of the city's metro, with responsibility for tendering and arranging loans.

Malaysia: Taylor Woodrow subsidiary Teamwork Corp Sdn Bhd has won a £25m contract for traction power supplies for the Peoplemover Rapid Transit monorail in Kuala Lumpur (p617).

Philippines: Light Rail Transit Authority signed formal contracts worth 25·7bn pesos with Japan's Sumitomo Corp and Korean-led Hanjin-Itochu joint venture on August 12 for construction of Manila metro Line 2 (p613).

Spain: Madrid regional government has awarded a Pts102·2m tender development contract to Prointec for the Pts15bn 4·2 km Line 8 extension from Campo de las Naciones to Barajas Airport.

Taiwan: Niigata Engineering and Marubeni of Japan have won a US$43·1m contract for a 660m peoplemover with four driverless cars to link two terminals at Taipei's Chiang Kai-shek airport.

USA: On July 17 Bi-State Development Agency received a $1·5m grant from Illinois, allowing final engineering design to begin on the 13·8 km St Louis MetroLink extension to Scott Air Force Base.

MBTA has awarded a US$13·1m contract to Union Switch & Signal for resignalling the overground sections of Boston's Green line between Boylston Street and Brookline Village.

The Hunt Valley extension of Baltimore's Central Light Rail line opens on September 8; test running began on July 21.

Yugoslavia: Beograd City Transport has received the first of 20 Tatra KT4 trams ordered from CKD Dopravni Systemy of the Czech Republic last September.