Delhi Metro Rail Corp has taken delivery of its 800th Bombardier Transportation Movia metro car, its first having entered service in 2009. ‘Delhi Metro’s vast network is a classic example of self-reliant India with significantly high local content and manufacturing, delivering the Make in India programme’, said SS Joshi, Director for Rolling Stock & Signalling at DMRC.
To accommodate a faster than expected increase in demand, Frankfurt transport operator VGF has directly awarded Alstom a contract to supply 8·5 m long intermediate modules to lengthen 22 of the 45 Type T trams it ordered in 2018 to 40 m. This will increase capacity from 191 to 248 passengers. The first Type T cars are expected to enter service in 2021, with the extended versions following in 2022.
The Mallorca Transport Consortium has introduced a common smartcard and contactless bank card ticketing system covering all bus, rail and metro operators on the Balearic Islands of Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera. This uses fare collection technology from GMV, with EMV payment provided in partnership with Redsýs and Banco Santander.
Texas Department of Transportation has selected SNC-Lavalin as prime consultant under a $20m five-year Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity contract to provide corridor planning and development services, including analysis of existing public transport, road freight, bicycle and pedestrian routes. Tasks could include corridor feasibility analyses, relief route studies and multimodal analyses of current and future needs.
Astronics Test Systems has been awarded a $30m contract to develop and supply automatic testing equipment which Stadler US will use to maintain metro cars ordered by Metro Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority for service from 2024. ‘The Atlanta programme is a logical application of our skills and capabilities, leveraging our consolidated test experience for the benefit of railcar OEMs and transit authorities’, said Astronics Chairman, President & CEO Peter J Gundermann.
PPE vendor Canteen is to introduce vending machines stocked with personal protective equipment including hand sanitiser, disposable face masks, sanitising wipes and disposable gloves at six Chicago Transit Authority stations.
The Land of Baden-Württemberg is to provide the city of Karlsruhe with €7·6m to make eight light rail stops fully accessible, with the city contributing €2·4m.