All Urban transport business articles

  • Bozankaya has delivered the first of seven domestically-developed four-car driverless trainsets for the Gebze metro.
    Metro Report International

    Bozankaya delivers its first driverless metro trainset


    TURKEY: Bozankaya has delivered the first of seven domestically-developed four-car driverless trainsets for the Gebze metro. It was handed over on September 1 in the presence of Minister of Transport & Infrastructure Abdulkadir Uraloğlu, who described it as the ‘first Turkish driverless metro train’, with 63% ...

  • Hong Kong double-deck tram (Photo Andy Leung, Pixabay)
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    Double-deck trams offer passengers more payment options


    CHINA: Thales and Golong International Technology Co have supplied an integrated electronic system to increase the number of fare payment options on Hong Kong’s traditional tramway. RATP Dev’s Hong Kong Tramways Ltd has a fleet of 165 trams and carries 150 000 passengers/day. ...

  • Washington Metro station
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    Washington metro issues Sustainability-Climate Transition bonds


    USA: Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority has raised $797·8m through the sale of bonds with an International Capital Market Association Sustainability-Climate Transition designation. The proceeds of the bond sale which settled on August 17 will be used to fund capital projects with environmental and social benefits, ...

  • London Underground Bakerloo Line train
    Rail Business UK

    Competition & Markets Authority narrows concerns over Hitachi acquisition of Thales signalling business


    UK: Hitachi Rail’s planned €1·7bn acquisition of Thales’ Ground Transportation Systems business would not result in a substantial lessening of competition in the UK communications-based train control market, the Competition & Markets Authority says in an update of its provisional conclusions on the transaction. The announcement ...

  • Škoda Group and TATA AutoComp Systems target Indian rail market

    Czech-backed joint venture to target Indian rail and metro market


    INDIA: Škoda Group and automotive components manufacturer Tata AutoComp Systems have signed a memorandum of understanding setting out plans for a strategic joint venture to supply the Indian rail, metro and bus sectors. The Czech electrical engineering group said partnering with an established Indian company would ...

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    Unicard adds EMV ticketing capabilities with Ecebs acquisition


    UK: Transport ticketing and payment company Unicard has added contactless EMV payment to its portfolio with the acquisition of smart ticketing business Ecebs from Visa. Unicard has also signed an agreement to use Visa’s Cybersource global payments platform. This gives Unicard an opportunity to offer services ...

  • Paris line 13 (Photo Jeremie Anne)
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    Paris metro operator sets out major investment programme


    FRANCE: Paris transport operator RATP has announced a major investment programme for 2025-29, with spending to increase from €1·9bn to €2·5bn a year. CEO Jean Castex said developing a culture of automation is one of the main priorities, along with greater standardisation. There will be an ...

  • Istanbul metro train bodyshell
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    CRRC Zhuzhou starts local metro car building in Turkey


    TURKEY: CRRC Zhuzhou Locomotive Co formally marked the start of local assembly of driverless metro trainsets for Istanbul with a ceremony in Ankara on June 7, describing the occasion as ‘a historic moment for Turkey’s rail transit industry’. The Chinese builder was awarded a TL1·5bn contract ...

  • Arriva train in Denmark

    Sale of Arriva’s Danish and Serbian businesses completed


    EUROPE: München-based private equity investor Mutares says it plans to increase operational efficiency and leverage ‘strong expertise in tendering for public sector contracts’ following its acquisition of Arriva’s activities in Denmark and Serbia. The transaction covers bus services in Denmark and Serbia, plus rail, ferry and ...

  • Alstom logo on Saint Ouen building

    Export credit agency to support sustainable transport projects


    CANADA: Alstom and Export Development Canada have signed a C$3·5bn three-year sustainable global corporate partnership covering export financing support and insurance in the transport sector. The export credit agency will focus its support on digital systems, services and projects based on low-emission freight and passenger transport ...

  • New York subway Line A train (Photo: Joseph Calisi)
    Metro Report International

    Transit Tech Lab to pilot transport efficiency and human resources innovations


    USA: The Transit Tech Lab initiative created by New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the Partnership for New York City has selected 15 companies to participate in its annual transport innovation challenge. The latest round attracted nearly 150 applicants. The selected proposals are: Accure Battery ...

  • TfL branded merchandise
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    IMG to manage Transport for London brand licensing


    UK: Transport for London has announced a multi-year deal for licensing agency IMG to expand its brand engagement and licensing programme in the UK and internationally, with a special focus on engaging children and supporting wellness and active travel products. Brands will be able to access ...

  • Melbourne tram
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    Bank card payment in next Victoria Myki ticketing contract


    AUSTRALIA: Conduent Business Services and its partner Convergint have been awarded a contract to operate Victoria’s Myki public transport ticketing system for 15 years from December 1 2023.

  • Putrajaya Line
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    Bank backs Malaysian metro contractors and entrepreneurs


    MALAYSIA: MBSB Bank is to offer a specially-designed financing programme to support contractors and suppliers involved in projects for Mass Rapid Transit Corp, including construction of the Rapid Transit System Link between Johor Bahru and Singapore. The financing programme is intended to increase the competitiveness of ...

  • National Express train

    National Express to become Mobico Group


    INTERNATIONAL: National Express plc is to change the name of its corporate parent company to Mobico Group plc from early June. The board believes that the Mobico name better reflects its international nature and the range of public transport services it operates. The company said National ...

  • Istanbul M4 airport extension opening train
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    Metro Istanbul sells airport station naming rights


    TURKEY: Metro Istanbul has sold the naming rights for the Line M4 station at Sabiha Gökçen International Airport station to Pegasus, Turkey’s largest private airline. The station at Istanbul’s second airport will be called Pegasus-Sabiha Gökçen Havalimanı İstasyonu (Pegasus Sabiha Gökçen Airport Station) for the three ...

  • Calypso ticket gates
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    Calypso ticketing guides aim to ensure scalability, interoperability and vendor independence


    TICKETING: Contactless ticketing body the Calypso Networks Association has published a handbook describing the role, content and governance of its smart ticketing standards, along with a guide to support transport authorities and operators in drafting tenders for cards, NFC mobile ticketing and terminals. CNA was established ...

  • APTA Marketing & Communications workshop
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    US public transport operators develop positive messages at APTA workshop


    USA: More than 350 marketing and communications experts from the public transport industry gathered in Las Vegas for APTA’s first in-person Marketing & Communications Workshop since before the pandemic.

  • Uraltransmash domestically produced tram
    Metro Report International

    Russian tram with all-domestic components on test


    RUSSIA: Testing of a tram produced by Uraltransmash using entirely domestically manufactured components is underway in Yekaterinburg, with a view to obtaining certification to enable series production. The single-section fully low-floor Type 71-415M tram is a restyled version of UTM’s 71-415 design. The interior and exterior ...

  • A&O Hostels booking app

    Hostel chain integrates transport ticket sales


    GERMANY: A&O Hostels is using Vesputi’s Mobilitybox platform to sell train and bus tickets alongside room bookings on its app and website, removing the need for travellers to register for and use external platforms. ‘With the integrated ticketing, we offer our guests a convenient and sustainable ...