Canada:Montréal Harbour Authority has put forward proposals for a light rail link from Berri-UQAM metro station through Old Montréal to Jean Drapeau Park as part of a revitalisation of the historic port district.

Chile:Santiago Metro has awarded Siemens Transportation Systems a US$26m order to provide power supplies for Lines 4 and 4A, including maintenance for two years from the opening due at the end of 2005.

Germany: Leipzig City Transport has ordered 12 low-floor Bombardier Flexity trams worth €40m, with an option for a further 12. Delivery of the 45m trams will be between August 2005 and May 2006.

Spain:Indra and Sainco have been awarded a €27m to supply ticketing equipment for Barcelona metro Line 9, including a central control system and facilities for contactless smart cards. The first section of Line 9 is due to open at the end of 2004, and the route will have a total of 46 stations.

Switzerland:Zürich Transport has exercised its €152m option with Bombardier and Alstom for delivery of 68 more Cobra trams from mid-2005.

United Kingdom:Greater Manchester Tramways Ltd and Manchester Tram Co have submitted best and final offers for the contract to build Metrolink extensions to Rochdale and Oldham, Ashton-under-Lyne and Manchester Airport and operate the light rail network. GMPTE hopes to name the winner next spring.

Tyne & Wear Passenger Transport Authority has approved in principle the Project Orpheus proposals to upgrade public transport around Newcastle over the next 15 years and develop light rail corridors linked to its Metro network.

USA:The Chicago Transit Board approved on October 7 a $192·5m contract with Kiewit Western Co and Reyes Group to refurbish the 14·5 km Dan Ryan section of CTA’s Red line from Cermak-Chinatown to 95th Street.

MTA New York City Transit has awarded a $110·1m contract to Siemens Transportation Systems and Transit Technologies LLC to install public address and customer information screens at 156 stations, and CCTV at 10.

Wabco Transit has signed a $60m contract to supply brakes, couplers and current collection equipment for 660 R-160 metro cars being built for New York by Alstom and Kawasaki.

Utah Transit Authority has purchased a disused Union Pacific maintenance facility in Salt Lake City, for use as a rolling stock servicing depot for its proposed commuter rail network.