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Urban rail news in brief - September 2013

11 Sep 2013

An Aeromovel air-propelled people­mover was inaugurated in the Brazilian city of Porto Alegre on August 10. The train is powered by remotely-controlled fans that propel it along an elevated guideway running 900 m between the airport terminal and a nearby railway station.

Marubeni is to conduct a pre-feasibility study for a proposed metro in Da Nang, Vietnam.

The US Congress has approved $189m for Houston’s North/Red light rail line extension and Southeast/Purple Line.

The EU is to provide 152·6m złoty towards the estimated 322m złoty cost of a new tram depot in the Franowo district of Poznan. It would have space for 100 trams with the opportunity to expand to accommodate a further 50.

Denmark’s Ministry of Transport, the capital region and 11 mayors have agreed in principle to build a 27 km light rail line along the Ring 3 orbital road in København. Formal approval is expected by the end of the year.

Citing a lack of progress, the Polish city of Olsztyn has terminated FCC Construcción’s contract to build its planned tram line. The work is to be retendered, with the city hoping the project can still be completed in late 2015.

Russian Railways has agreed to sell the Voitovich car repair plant in eastern Moscow to Moscow Metro, which is to use it as a depot for trains that will run on the future Ring Line.

The first five of 19 new five-car Alstom Metropolis trainsets entered service on the Lima Metro in Peru on July 27, each able to accommodate 1000 passengers and enabling the service frequency to be increased from every 18 min to 9 min in the peaks.

Oman’s Ministry of Transport & Communications and the Supreme Council for Planning are expected to call bids shortly for a feasibility study for a metro or light rail network in Masqat.

The Translohr rubber-tyred ‘tram’ line T5 opened in Paris on July 29. The 6·6 km, line with 16 stops links Marché-de-Saint-Denis with Garges-Sarcelles.