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  • RegioTram Kassel (Photo: RTG)
    Metro Report International

    RegioTram operating contract awarded


    GERMANY: Following an international tender, Nordhessen transport authority NVV has awarded incumbent RTG the next contract to operate RegioTram tram-train services on three routes around Kassel. RTG is a joint venture of Kassel transport operator KVG and Hessische Landesbahn and has operated the RegioTram services since ...

  • West Midlands Metro extension to Edgbaston Village
    Metro Report International

    West Midlands Metro extension to Edgbaston opens


    UK: The 1·4 km second phase of the Birmingham Westside light rail extension opened on July 17, adding three stops at Brindleyplace, Five Ways and the Edgbaston Village terminus. Services run every 12 to 15 min, with peak time frequencies to be increased as more of ...

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    Metro Report International

    Warszawa metro extension opens


    POLAND: A western extension of Warszawa metro Line M2 was opened by Mayor Rafał Trzaskowski and European Commissioner for Cohesion & Reforms Elisa Ferreira on June 30. The extension runs 2·7 km from Ksiecia Janusza to Bemowo, with an intermediate station at Ulrychów. ...

  • Bursa tramway T2 (8)
    Metro Report International

    Bursa opens T2 tramway


    TURKEY: Bursa’s north-south tramway T2 opened on July 2, with a week of free travel. The 9·4 km line connects the Terminal bus station in the north with Kent Meydanı, where there is an interchange with T1. The route has 11 stops. ...

  • Paris tram line T13 (Photo Jérémie Anne) (6)
    Metro Report International

    Right and left-hand running as T13 tram-train route opens west of Paris


    FRANCE: Ile-de-France tram-train line T13 opened on July 6, running 18·8 km on an orbital route between Saint-Cyr and Saint-Germain-en-Laye RER stations to the west of Paris.

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    Metro Report International

    Kunming metro Line 5 opens with tunnel wall advertising


    CHINA: Kunming metro Line 5 opened on June 29, 10 years and one day after the first metro route in the city. Line 5 starts at World Horti-Expo Garden in the northeast and runs 26·5 km through the city centre to Baofeng in the south, with ...

  • Zhengzhou_01
    Metro Report International

    Chengjiao Line extended in Zhengzhou


    CHINA: The second phase of Zhengzhou’s Chengjiao Line opened on June 20, running 9 km underground from Xinzheng International Airport to Zhengzhou Hangkonggang railway station. The metro extension adds three new stations, with another to follow when the airport’s Terminal 3 is ...

  • Delhi - Meerut RRTS train impression (Image: Alstom)

    DB to operate Delhi – Meerut RRTS commuter railway


    INDIA: National Capital Region Transport Corp has awarded Deutsche Bahn International Operations a 12-year contract to operate and maintain the future 82 km Delhi – Ghaziabad – Meerut Regional Rapid Transit System. The Delhi area commuter rail project promoter said it had taken a ‘path-breaking step’ ...

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    Metro Report International

    Changsha metro Line 6 opens


    CHINA: Changsha’s east-west metro Line 6 was opened on June 28, running 48·1 km from Huanghua Airport to Xiejiaqiao with 34 stations including seven interchanges. Construction of Line 6 began in December 2016, and the opening takes the metro to 190·7 km ...

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    Metro Report International

    Ticketing innovation in Saint-Etienne transport contract


    FRANCE: An expansion of tram services and the introduction of contactless open payments are highlights of the new contract for Transdev to continue operating the STAS public transport network in Saint-Etienne.

  • Lyon metro Line B (Photo: Jérémie Anne)
    Metro Report International

    Lyon metro Line B goes driverless with GoA4 upgrade


    FRANCE: Lyon transport authority Sytral Mobilités, operator Keolis and technology supplier Alstom launched Grade of Automation 4 unattended automatic operation of metro Line B on June 25.

  • Chongqing metro
    Metro Report International

    China dominates list of the world’s top 10 longest metro networks


    INTERNATIONAL: The opening of the latest extension takes Chongqing up to seventh place in Railway Gazette’s Knowledge Hub analysis of the world’s largest metros, displacing London Underground (405 route-km) out of the top 10 for the first time and leaving Moscow (437 route-km) as the sole ...

  • The second phase of Chongqing Rail Transit’s Line 4 opened from Tangjiatuo to Huangling on June 18
    Metro Report International

    Chongqing Line 4 extended northeast


    CHINA: The second phase of Chongqing Rail Transit’s Line 4 opened from Tangjiatuo to Huangling on June 18, adding 32·6 route-km and 15 stations. Construction began on January 25 2019, and local media reports suggest the project set a new record for speed of construction in ...

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    Metro Report International

    Kuala Lumpur opens first phase of Putrajaya Line


    MALAYSIA: The first phase of Kuala Lumpur’s fully automated Putrajaya Line was opened on June 16, with revenue services starting at 15.00 following an inauguration ceremony at 10.00 attended by Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

  • Hangzhou metro station
    Metro Report International

    Hangzhou metro expands


    CHINA: Two extensions of Hangzhou metro Line 3 have opened, taking the city’s network to more than 450 km, with further expansion to 500 km planned. The extensions opened on June 10 run 22·4 km from Chaowang Road to West Wenyi Road ...

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    Metro Report International

    Almaty metro extension opens


    KAZAKHSTAN: A 3·1 km southwestern extension of the Almaty metro from Moskva to Bauyrzhan Momyshuly opened May 30, adding two stations and taking the line to 13·4 km. The extension is expected to increase ridership on the city’s single metro line from 45 000 to 85 ...

  • Odense tramway flags (Photo: Odense Letbane)
    Metro Report International

    Celebrations as Odense tramway opens


    DENMARK: Music, entertainment and free chocolate-coated strawberries featured in the celebrations marking the opening of the Odense tramway on May 28. The 14·5 km double-track line runs from Tarup in the northwest to the station, Syddansk Universitet, a hospital and Hjallese in ...

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    Metro Report International

    Sillim Line automatic rubber tyre metro line opens in Seoul


    SOUTH KOREA: The Sillim Line rubber tyre automatic metro line linking Saetgang in Yeouido with Gwanak-gu near Seoul National University opened to passengers on May 28, after an inauguration ceremony the previous day. The 7·8 km entirely underground line offers an end-to-end ...

  • Elizabeth Line trains Abbey Wood-CJ
    Rail Business UK

    London’s Elizabeth Line opens at last


    UK: Elizabeth Line services began running on the Crossrail core route across central London on May 24, with an initial 12 trains/h linking Paddington station in the west to Abbey Wood in the southeast. 

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    Metro Report International

    Tempe Streetcar opens


    USA: Valley Metro’s Tempe Streetcar was opened on May 20, with a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by Tempe Mayor Corey Woods and Gilbert Mayor Brigette Peterson, as well as Valley Metro CEO Jessica Mefford-Miller. The C-shaped route runs for 4·8 km from ...