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  • Hamburg S-Bahn train loading information
    Metro Report International

    Real-time train occupancy data smooths S-Bahn boarding


    GERMANY: Passengers in Hamburg can now get real-time train occupancy data using technology developed by S-Bahn Hamburg in-house using an existing communication system supplied by PSI Transcom. Sensors scan passing trains to collect information on the occupancy of individual coaches, which is sent through the PSI ...

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    Long Island Rail Road opens its Grand Central Madison hub in New York


    USA: Long Island Rail Road opened its Grand Central Madison deep-level station beneath New York’s famous Grand Central Terminal on January 25.

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    Rail Business UK

    Merseyrail’s custom-designed Class 777 EMUs enter service


    UK: Rail Business UK  travels on the first passenger service operated by Merseyrail’s custom-built Stadler Class 777 electric multiple-units to see a revised method of operation and hear about Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram’s plans for ‘putting the public back into public transport’.

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    Work to rebuild Praha Masarykovo station to start this year


    CZECH REPUBLIC: The remodelling and expansion of Praha’s Masarykovo terminus has received planning approval, infrastructure manager Správa železnic has confirmed. Tenders are due to be called in the spring, and construction work is scheduled to start later this year. The existing seven platforms will ...

  • Busan Ulsan suburban train
    Metro Report International

    Suburban and light rail investment agreement to create Busan-Ulsan ‘one-hour zone’


    SOUTH KOREA: A mutual cooperation agreement has been signed by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure & Transport and local authorities to create a ‘one-hour living zone’ for the cities of Busan and Ulsan in the south of the country. The agreement covers the development of suburban rail ...

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    Underground suburban station in Santiago approved


    CHILE: The government has granted environmental approval for the construction of a 3·2 km double-track tunnel and underground station to serve Santiago’s Central-Alameda complex as part of the Alameda – Melipilla suburban rail scheme.

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    Metro Report International

    PPP-financed suburban metro opens in Taizhou


    CHINA: A north-south suburban metro line connecting the east coast city of Taizhou in Zhejiang province with the town of Chengnan opened for revenue service on December 28. Designed for 140 km/h operation, the 52·4 km Line S1 runs in tunnel for 17·5 km, while the ...

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    Natal opens next stage of Linha Sul extension


    BRAZIL: Federal operator CBTU has started operations on a 15 km two-station extension of Natal’s suburban Linha Sul from Cajupiranga to São José de Mipibu.

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    C-Series EMU on test in Perth


    AUSTRALIA: The first of the C-Series electric multiple-units which Alstom is supplying for the Perth suburban network has begun initial overnight testing on the Joondalup and Mandurah lines. The 1 067 mm gauge EMUs with a maximum speed of 130 km/h are expected to enter service from ...

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    Caltrain wi-fi contract awarded


    USA: ‘Silicon Valley’s train needs wi-fi’, said Caltrain Executive Director Michelle Bouchard when the San Francisco to San Jose commuter operator awarded Nomad Digital a contract to provide digital connectivity for the 19 double-deck electric multiple-units being supplied by Stadler. Caltrain received four proposals for the ...

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    Jinhua opens second suburban rail line


    CHINA: The suburban rail network in the city of Jinhua expanded on December 28 with the opening of the first section of the Yidong Line in Yiwu. The 48·4 km line is intended to augment the Jinyi Line, which opened on August 30 2022, as part ...

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    Metro Report International

    Paris ticket machines to be replaced


    FRANCE: Paris transport operator RATP has awarded the Easier subsidiary of Bolloré Group a six-year contract to supply and maintain customised ticket vending machines across its urban rail network. Replacement of the 2 400 ticket machines at RER and metro stations is set to begin in ...

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    First Seoul GTX trainset unveiled


    SOUTH KOREA: The first EMU for Line A of the Great Train Express commuter rail network currently under construction in Seoul has been unveiled by manufacturer Hyundai Rotem at its Changwon plant. The trains have a maximum operating speed of 180 km/h, reflecting GTX’s status as an ...

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    Grand-Est launches regional express network


    FRANCE: Passengers travelling in the Strasbourg area now have access to a much improved network of local rail services with effect from December 11 when the Réseau Express Métropolitain Européen was launched by local authorities and national operator SNCF. Driven by a ...

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    Orange Phoenix EMU unveiled


    CHINA: CRRC Nanjing Puzhen has unveiled its latest design of Type D electric multiple-unit intended to operate suburban and interurban services on routes with journey times of up to 1 h. Branded as ‘Orange Phoenix’, the unit features styling inspired by paintings of the mythical bird. ...

  • Lisboa Cascais suburban line EMUs (Photo: André Pires)
    Metro Report International

    Lisboa – Cascais suburban line voltage conversion contract awarded


    PORTUGAL: A €31·6m contract for the modernisation of the Lisboa Cais do Sodré – Cascais suburban line and the conversion of its electrification from 1·5 kV DC to 25 kV 50 Hz has been awarded to the Spanish-Portuguese Comsa/Fergrupo consortium. The re-electrification will make the line ...

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    Metro Report International

    ‘Dinky’ train study recommends combined light rail and bus route


    USA: Development of a combined light rail and bus corridor is proposed in a study into the future of NJ Transit’s ‘Dinky’, a 4·3 km branch which connects Princeton Junction on the Northeast Corridor with Princeton.

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    Metro Report International

    FGC calls tenders to build Barcelona cross-city link


    SPAIN: Regional operator FGC has called tenders for construction of a 4 km tunnel from the Espanya terminus in Barcelona to Gràcia, improving access to the centre of the city.

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    Prasa restores Johannesburg Park – Naledi electrification


    SOUTH AFRICA: Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa restarted electric services on the Johannesburg Park – Naledi suburban line on November 28.

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    RegioJet orders cross-city EMUs


    CZECH REPUBLIC: RegioJet exercised an option to order seven more Class 654 EMUs from Pesa on November 4. The three-car EMUs will be used on Praha cross-city services S49 and S61 from December 2024. The dual-system 3 kV DC/25 kV 50 Hz low-floor EMUs are derived ...