Urban rail news in brief - August 2012
Aéroports de Paris has opened a 300 m extension of the LISA peoplemover at Charles-de-Gaulle airport to terminal S4. Siemens supplied railway systems and eight two-car VAL 208NG trains.
The city of Würzburg is to directly award its transport subsidy WVV a contract operate its five tram and 20 bus routes from January 2014.
With construction running ahead of schedule, revised opening dates have been announced for the second phase of the Zaragoza tramway. The Gran Vía - Plaza España first section is now expected to open in October, reaching Murallas in December with the final section to Avenida de la Academia opening in April 2013. CAF Urbos 3 trams have begun test running on the 2 km catenary-free section between Gran Vía and La Chimenea.
Tunnelling for the 21 km Chinatown - Expo third phase of Singapore's Downtown metro line was officially launched on July 11.
MPK Lódz has called tenders for a 623m złoty contract to renew the 12·3 km tram Line 10. The EU is providing 236m złoty for the project, which includes a 4·7 km eastern extension to serve residential and commercial areas. Under a separate tender MPK ódz is planning to buy 18 low-floor trams.
A 3·3 km three-station extension of Lisboa metro's Red Line from Oriente to the airport opened on July 17.
The government of Argentina is to provide an additional 110·24m pesos for civil works on the extension of Buenos Aires metro Line E from Bolívar to Retiro, also granting Benito Roggio a 12-month contract extension. The funding includes 46·55m pesos to replace the underground depot at Bolívar with a new surface facility at Plaza de los Virreyes.