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    In depth

    Turkey: Currency crunch dents metro expansion


    An array of urban and suburban rail projects is underway across Turkey, but political squabbles between central government and city administrations and major currency fluctuations could yet hinder delivery of the investment, as David O’Byrne explains.

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    Metro Report International

    Work to begin on Barcelona tram extension


    SPAIN: Work on the long-planned link between the isolated Trambesòs and Trambaix light rail networks in Barcelona is expected to begin in the second week of March, following the award of construction contracts for the first half of the route. Following a series of feasibility studies, ...

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    Metro Report International

    Rabat-Salé tram network extended


    MOROCCO: Two extensions to Line 2 of the Rabat-Salé tram network were opened for revenue service on February 16, more than two years later than originally planned. Line 2 has been extended by 2·4 km southwest from Hôpital Moulay Youssef to Yacoub Al Mansour, adding 4 ...

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    Metro Report International

    Brandenburg trials elastomer infills to create cycle-safe tramways


    GERMANY: Tram operator Verkehrsbetriebe Brandenburg an der Havel is testing bicycle-safe tram line cover profiles to improve pedestrian and cyclist safety in the city’s old town.

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    Rail Business UK

    Light rail ‘authority to work’ system made available


    UK: The PERMIT+ authority to work system designed specifically for the light rail sector is now being made available to all UK operators following extensive trials in Edinburgh. Developed by industry body UKTram in partnership with Edinburgh Trams and software company Metrotech, the web portal and ...

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    Metro Report International

    Transurb launches mixed reality compact driving simulator


    BELGIUM: Transurb has launched a compact Nano Simulator for tram driver training which uses mixed reality functionality to replicate the immersive training experience traditionally found in a full-cab simulator. The company has been developing portable simulators for light rail and tram customers for many years, but ...

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    Metro Report International

    St Petersburg orders trams with driverless capability


    RUSSIA: St Petersburg transport operator Gorelektrotrans has awarded PK TS a 6·9bn rouble contract to supply a total of 57 trams. The order announced on February 8 includes three three-section, 27·5 m long 71-931M Vityaz-M trams with a capacity of 188 passengers, and 54 two-section, 19·4 ...

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    Metro Report International

    EIB backs Wrocław tram fleet renewal


    POLAND: Transport operator MPK Wrocław has finalised a 165·9m złoty agreement with the European Investment Bank to help finance the procurement of new trams over the next three years. ‘We are consistently implementing a strategic plan to improve the quality of public transport, which was outlined ...

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    Metro Report International

    Pro Football Hall of Fame light rail line study


    USA: Stark Area Regional Transit Authority has awarded consultancy WSP USA a contract to undertake studies for a light rail service connecting the centre of Canton, Ohio, with the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and potentially with Belden Village and Akron-Canton Airport. Any future service would ...

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    Metro Report International

    Six prequalify for Haifa – Nazareth tram-train concession


    ISRAEL: Project promoter Trans Israel has prequalified six consortia for the Infra 2 PPP concession to finance, design and procure the railway systems and rolling stock for the future Haifa – Nazareth inter-urban light rail line, and to operate the completed route. The six are: ...

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    Metro Report International

    Longer trams ordered for Göteborg


    SWEDEN: Alstom has been awarded a €100m order to supply 40 Flexity trams of a lengthened design to Göteborg. Funded by the Västra Götaland region, the order announced on February 9 has been and placed by regional transport authority Västtrafik using an option on a 2016 ...

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    Metro Report International

    Trams to be fitted with head-up displays


    EUROPE: Head-up display technology originally developed for cars has been adapted for light rail applications by Continental Engineering Services, which is planning a first deployment later this year. CES said the trend towards larger cab windows with low-set dashboards means that tram ...

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    Metro Report International

    Moscow plans driverless tram test


    RUSSIA: Driverless trams could be tested in Moscow by the end of this year, according to Deputy Mayor for Transport Maksim Liksutov. The city is currently working with technology company Yandex on a driverless tram project, Liksutov told delegates at a conference on Robots in the ...

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    Metro Report International

    Tel Aviv light rail Green Line preferred bidder selected


    ISRAEL: Tel Aviv urban transport project promoter NTA Metropolitan Mass Transit Systems has selected the Tel Aviv Metropolitan Tramway consortium of Alstom, bus operator Dan Transportation and infrastructure contractor Electra to finance, design, built, operate and maintain the light rail Green Line. ...

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    Metro Report International

    Automatic incident detection system for Swiss level crossings


    SWITZERLAND: Nokia has partnered with Schweizer Electronics to deploy its Scene Analytics technology to improve level crossing safety on Baselland Transport’s network. Nokia Scene Analytics monitors level crossings in real time using computer vision and artificial intelligence to detect any foreign objects on or near the ...

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    Metro Report International

    Tel Aviv chooses Purple Line light rail concessionaire


    ISRAEL: Tel Aviv urban transport project promoter NTA Metropolitan Mass Transit Systems has selected a consortium of the CAF Group and construction firm Shapir as preferred bidder to design, build and finance the light rail Purple Line and provide 25 years of maintenance. The 27 km ...

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    Metro Report International

    Auckland selects underground light rail to support city’s growth


    NEW ZEALAND: The government has selected a partially underground light rail line as its preferred option for a public transport corridor between Auckland’s central business district, Māngere and the airport. Announcing the decision on January 28, Minister of Transport Michael Wood said the proposed line would ...

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    Metro Report International

    Bremen tram extensions cleared to proceed


    GERMANY: With funding and planning permission already in place, the Administrative Appeals Court of Lüneburg has removed any remaining obstacles and objections to the extension of Line 8 of the Bremen tram network. A late challenge to the ruling was dismissed. Construction will take place in ...

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    Metro Report International

    Hitachi and RATP extend Paris metro and tram maintenance partnership


    FRANCE: RATP has awarded Hitachi Rail a further maintenance contract covering signalling and train control systems on nine Paris metro lines and seven tram routes. The four-year, renewable €33m contract builds on ‘more than a century of partnership between Hitachi Rail’s French entity and the Paris ...

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    Metro Report International

    Bilbao tramway extension agreement


    SPAIN: Bilbao municipality and the Basque region’s transport department have signed an agreement to extend the city’s tram network by 2.4 km and five stops through Olabeaga to Zorrozaurre, northwest of the centre. The estimated cost of construction, not including new trams, is €40m, and the ...