A local vote has selected the future appearance of the 22 Series 3000 metro trainsets which Hitachi Rail is to supply for use on Sendai’s Namboku Line from 2024.
A 2·4 km extension of Eskişehir tram Line 13 from Opera to Kumlubel was opened by Mayor Yılmaz Büyükerşen on June 14. Travel is free until June 19.
Singapore’s Land Transport Authority has awarded China Jingye Engineering a S$1∙05bn contract to design and build the Cross Island Line’s Changi East depot, which will house the Operations Control Centre and provide stabling and maintenance facilities for 70 trains. Construction is expected to start in H2 2021 for completion in 2030.
On behalf of operator Maharashtra Metro, TÜV India is monitoring the production of 34 three-car aluminium bodied trains for the Pune metro and acting as independent safety assessor. Most of the trainsets will be manufactured by Titagarh Wagons in India, although some will be built by its Titagarh Firema subsidiary in Italy. ‘We have not worked with aluminium train set bodies before, so this is an exciting challenge’, said V Viswanathan, Executive Vice-President Railways, Renewables & Infrastructure at TÜV India.
Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Cubic Transportation Systems and NXP Semiconductors have launched SmarTrip on Google Pay, providing contactless payment for metro or bus travel using an NFC-enabled Android device instead of a smart card.
Radwin has supplied its FiberinMotion train-to-ground communications to support public address and CCTV systems on Bangkok’s Gold Line peoplemover. Network design, installation and integration was provided by AMR Asia.
Moscow Metro has begun a programme to install 90 Russian Post parcel lockers at 69 stations this summer, enabling passengers to pick up packages on the way to home or work.
On June 11 US Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg announced a total of $250m in federal American Rescue Plan Act 2021 funding for 22 projects in the Federal Transit Administration’s Capital Investment Grants programme, including various light rail, tram and bus rapid transit initiatives.
Dnipro has joined the European Bank for Reconstruction & Development’s Green Cities urban sustainability programme as the 49th member overall, with EBRD expecting to provide a loan to support improvements to the public transport system to improve air quality.