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  • SUMO launch
    Metro Report International

    SUMO wrestles with rising transport operating costs


    GERMANY: The transport operators in Dresden, Chemnitz and Leipzig have formed the SUMO alliance to facilitate co-operation to reduce their costs. Plans for the Sächsische Unternehmensallianz Mobilität include joint efforts to reduce energy consumption, make infrastructure management more efficient, improve timetable and staff planning, offer more ...

  • Grand Paris Express Alstom train for lines 16 and 17 (Photo Jeremie Anne)
    Metro Report International

    Keolis selected to operate Grand Paris Express lines 16 and 17


    FRANCE: Île-de-France-Mobilités has selected Keolis as preferred bidder to operate the future Grand Paris Express automated metro lines 16 and 17. The decision is due to be approved by the transport authority’s board on May 30. The contract will include a two-year pre-operating phase, leading up ...

  • Quito metro
    Metro Report International

    Revenue services finally begin on the Quito metro


    ECUADOR: Limited revenue services have begun on the first metro line in Quito, after ticketing problems delayed the launch date. Line 1 runs 22 km underground from Quitumbe in the south to the city centre and El Labrador in the north. An ...

  • Bordeaux tram Route A Merignac airport extension
    Metro Report International

    Bordeaux tramway reaches the airport


    FRANCE: A 5 km branch of Bordeaux tram Route A from Quatre Chemins to Bordeaux-Mérignac Airport was opened for revenue service at noon on April 29. The extension is single track with passing points at the five stops. Services operate every 10 ...

  • Toshkent Metro station (Photo Ministry of Transport)
    Metro Report International

    Second phase of Toshkent metro’s Circle Line opens


    UZBEKISTAN: The second phase of the Toshkent metro’s Circle Line has been opened for revenue service. The 7·7 km extension from Qo’ylik (7-Bekat) to 12-Bekat in the Quruvchilar district south of the international airport adds a further five stations. Of these, only Paralimpiya Harakati has a ...

  • RER-B-Chatelet-signal-3
    In depth

    Train Control: SNCF committed to NExTEO roll out


    Despite speculation to the contrary, SNCF Réseau and its contractors are continuing to roll out the NExTEO communications-based train control system which will manage the extended RER Line E in Paris, as project manager Jérôme Lefebvre explains to Jérémie Anne.

  • Ankara 2
    Metro Report International

    Ankara opens M4 metro extension


    TURKEY: President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan opened a 3·3 km three-station extension of Ankara metro Line M4 on April 12. The extension connects Atatürk Kültür Merkezi with the newly expanded Kızılay station, which is served by the M1 and Ankaray metro lines. It has intermediate stations at ...

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    Metro Report International

    President opens Istanbul metro M3 extension


    TURKEY: An extension of Istanbul metro Line M3 running 6·2 km from Başakşehir Metrokent to Kayaşehir Merkez with three intermediate stations was opened by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on April 8. The initial 11·6 km of Line M3 from Kirazlı to Başakşehir ...

  • Vitoria-Gasteiz tram
    Metro Report International

    Vitoria-Gasteiz tramway extended to serve growing suburb


    SPAIN: A extension of the Vitoria-Gasteiz tramway has opened to serve a developing suburban area. A day of free travel marked the start of passenger services on April 11, and operator Euskotren is holding information and familiarisation events throughout the month. The extension in the southeast ...

  • Bengaluru metro
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    Bengaluru metro Purple Line extension opens


    INDIA: The eastern section of Bengaluru’s Namma Metro Purple Line running 13·7 km from Krishnarajapura to Whitefield (Kadugodi) opened for revenue service on March 26, after an inauguration by Prime Minister Narendra Modi the previous day. Construction of the 12-station extension cost Rs42·5bn. A 2·5 km ...

  • Rotterdam metro Line B at Hoek van Holland Strand
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    Metro reaches the seaside with Hoek van Holland Strand opening


    NETHERLANDS: The final 2·1 km section of RET metro Line B to the seaside station at Hoek van Holland Strand has opened, enabling people to reach the beach from the centre of Rotterdam in around 40 min.

  • Two extensions of the Tehran metro network have been formally inaugurated by President Ebrahim Raisi.
    Metro Report International

    Tehran metro extensions open


    IRAN: Two extensions of the Tehran metro network have been formally inaugurated by President Ebrahim Raisi. The opening on March 18 of the 9·5 km central section of Line 6 between Tarbiat Modares University and Emam Hossein has joined up two previously isolated sections to complete ...

  • Ridership on the Málaga Metro light rail network is expected to double from seven to 14 million passengers/year following the opening of an extension into the city centre (Photo: Alstom)
    Metro Report International

    Málaga extension opening expected to double ridership


    SPAIN: Ridership on the Metro de Málaga light rail network is expected to double from seven to 14 million passengers/year following the opening of an extension into the city centre on March 27. The 1·7 km underground extension starts at El Perchel-María Zambrano, adjacent to the ...

  • Dalian metro Line 5
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    Dalian Metro Line 5 opens with 2·3 km bay crossing


    CHINA: Dalian metro Line 5 opened on March 17, running 24·5 km from Houguan in the north to Hutan Xinqu in the south via a 2·3 km underwater crossing of the bay. It is the city’s sixth metro line, built as part of a ‘four vertical ...

  • Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim at the opening of Kuala Lumpur's Putrajaya Line (2)
    Metro Report International

    Putrajaya Line second phase opens in Kuala Lumpur


    MALAYSIA: Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim opened the second phase of Kuala Lumpur’s Putrajaya Line with a ceremony at the Serdang depot on March 16. Public services began at 15.00, with free travel until March 31. The automated metro line is expected to have an initial ridership ...

  • An extension of the Gdańsk tram network has opened
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    Gdańsk tramway extension opens


    POLAND: An extension of the Gdańsk tram network has opened, running for 1·7 km along the newly-built Nowa Warszawska road from Ujescisko to Przemyska to link two existing tram lines in the south of the city. Celebrations on March 4 included a tram parade, family picnic ...

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    Metro Report International

    Innsbruck tramway extension opens


    AUSTRIA: The Innsbruck tram network is to be extended west from Technik-West to Völs by 2030 at the latest, the Land of Tirol’s transport portfolio holder René Zumtobel said at the opening of an eastern extension of Line 5. The Land has invested €30m in the ...

  • Karaj metro Line 2
    Metro Report International

    Second Karaj metro line opened for limited service


    IRAN: An initial 5·5 km section of the 27 km metro Line 2 currently under construction in Karaj opened for limited passenger services on February 27. The second metro line in Karaj, 40 km west of Tehran, was opened by Interior Minister Ahmad Vahidi. The initial ...

  • Moskva Metro Big Circle Line 11 (2)
    Metro Report International

    Moskva’s Big Circle completed


    RUSSIA: The final two sections of Moskva’s Bolshaya Koltsevaya (‘Big Circle’) orbital metro line were formally opened on March 1. The completed Line 11 was inaugurated by President Vladimir Putin and Mayor Sergey Sobyanin. The final segments were two standalone sections totalling 23 ...

  • Temirtau tramway (Photo Maxim Golbraykht)
    Metro Report International

    Temirtau tramway operations suspended


    KAZAKHSTAN: Services have been suspended on the 11 km single-route tramway owned and operated by steelmaker ArcelorMittal in the city of Temirtau.