Urban transport news from the Americas

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    Mexican transport ticketing modernisation partnership


    MEXICO: Fare-payments-as-a-service company Masabi and Mexican consulting, engineering and project company Ibergex have announced a ‘strategic relationship’ to supply ticketing and payment technology in Mexico. This will combine Masabi’s Justride software platform with Ibergex’s resources and experience of the Mexican public transport market. The companies aim ...

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    Tram network planned in northern Rio


    BRAZIL: The Rio de Janeiro state government is to call tenders this year for the construction of a 23 km tram network serving the city’s northern suburbs including Nova Iguaçu, Belford Roxo and Pavuna. There would be interchanges with Metro Line 2 and Supervia suburban railway ...

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    São Paulo train door order


    BRAZIL: Wabtec has announced its largest South American train door order, covering the supply of 2 304 doors for 36 eight-car Series 8900 Metropolis trains which Alstom is building for São Paulo suburban lines 8 (Diamante) and 9 (Esmeralda). The EMUs were ordered in July 2021 ...

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    SEPTA looks globally to inform Reimagining Regional Rail development strategy


    USA: Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority is seeking feedback on options for the long-term development of passenger services around Philadelphia, which it says are currently focused on traditional suburban commuters but could be used to create a ‘lifestyle transit network’ of frequent all-day and all-week rail and ...

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    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 ...

  • Mendoza Metrotranvía ex-San Diego LRV (4)
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    San Diego LRVs find new home in Argentina


    ARGENTINA: Mendoza’s Metrotranvía has taken delivery of the first three of up to 39 Siemens SD100 light rail vehicles which have been donated to the city by the US city of San Diego’s operator MTS. The LRVs forming MTS’s second generation fleet have been in service since ...

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    Management changes follow Washington metro recertification failure


    USA: Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority General Manager & CEO Paul J Wiedefeld retired with immediate effect on May 16 and Chief Operating Officer Joe Leader has resigned. The departures came after the Washington Metrorail Safety Commission identified lapses in train driver recertification. An investigation by ...

  • King of Prussia Rail Project impression
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    SEPTA invites proposals for King of Prussia Rail Project


    USA: Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority has issued a request for proposals for the third and final design phase of the King of Prussia Rail Project. The planned 6·4 km extension of Philadelphia’s Norristown High Speed Line third-rail interurban line to King of Prussia would add five ...

  • East San Fernando Valley Transit Corridor light rail line map
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    Federal funding planned for East San Fernando Valley light rail project


    USA: The Federal Transit Administration has issued a letter of intent to allocate funding for first phase of Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s East San Fernando Valley Transit Corridor light rail line. The planned 10·7 km line would provide a north – south connection between ...

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    Route Learning System simulates a ride with an instructor


    USA: Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority has begun using PTSI Transportation’s Route Learning System software suite to train light rail drivers in San Jose. Suitable for both classroom and home use, the Route Learning System provides detailed route maps and track diagrams synchronised with an annotated ...

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    Solar panels installed at Washington metro stations


    USA: A joint venture of SunPower and Goldman Sachs Renewable Power has begun installing photovoltaic solar panels over the car parks at the Washington DC metro’s Anacostia, Southern Avenue, Cheverly and Naylor Road stations. The first site at Anacostia is expected to generate electricity equivalent to ...

  • Vivarail Class 230 battery multiple-unit for USA (2)
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    Second ‘pop-up metro’ battery train arrives in the USA


    USA: British company Vivarail has sent a second two-car battery multiple-unit produced from former London Underground vehicles to the USA, where shareholder Railroad Development Corp will use the unit to demonstrate its ‘pop-up metro’ concept for providing ‘lower cost, lower risk, faster start’ passenger services on ...

  • CAF tram for the Purple Line project in the Maryland suburbs of Washington DC.
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    Financial close means Maryland Purple Line works can resume


    USA: Major construction works on Maryland’s Purple Line light rail project are set to resume, after PPP concessionaire Purple Line Transit Partners reached financial close on a funding package. This covers completion of the line and future operations and maintenance. Opening of the 26 km orbital ...

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    Mitre supports Washington Metro safety development programme


    USA: Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority is working with specialist not for profit organisation Mitre to strengthen its safety management systems. Over the course of the three-year contract Mitre will assess Metro’s safety culture, develop a plan to improve data analytics, and deploy a confidential voluntary ...

  • Minneapolis Blue Line extension route modification map April 2022
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    Minneapolis Blue Line extension route recommended


    USA: Following two years of stakeholder consultation and technical analysis, Minneapolis Metropolitan Council and Hennepin County have published a recommended route for the Metro Blue Line light rail extension. This would extend the Blue Line north from Target Field stop, running along West Broadway Avenue in ...

  • Sao Paulo Line 17 BYD monorail (2)
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    São Paulo Line 17 monorail cars unveiled


    BRAZIL: Chinese manufacture BYD has unveiled the first monorail trainset for São Paulo Line 17 at its factory in Shenzhen. In April 2020, BYD SkyRail São Paulo and Metro do São Paulo signed a contract for the supply of 14 five-car trainsets, along with track components, ...

  • ViaMobilidade operates Sao Paulo lines 8 and 9
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    São Paulo suburban line upgrading contracts awarded


    BRAZIL: São Paulo suburban lines 8 (Diamante) and 9 (Esmeralda) operating and maintenance concessionaire ViaMobilidade Linhas 8 e 9 has awarded Siemens Mobility two contracts to modernise the signalling and electrical systems. For the 41·6 km Line 8, Siemens Mobility will design, supply and install an ...

  • Montreal metro Berri-UQAM station
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    Montréal metro interlocking contract


    CANADA: Montréal transport operator STM has awarded Thales a contract to provide computer-based interlockings at a further eight metro stations. This is an extension of contract awarded in 2018 which covered signalling renewals at an initial eight stations and depots. The project aims to improve the ...

  • Construction of the Ontario Line metro in Toronto was officially launched with a groundbreaking ceremony at the future Exhibition Place station site
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    Work starts on Toronto’s Ontario Line


    CANADA: Construction of the Ontario Line metro in Toronto was officially launched with a groundbreaking ceremony at the future Exhibition Place station site on March 27. Ontario’s Premier Doug Ford, and Transport Minister Caroline Mulroney were joined for the celebrations by Federal Minister of Transport Omar ...

  • Brookville Equipment Corp Liberty NXT LRV for Sound Transit’s Tacoma Link
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    Tacoma Link Liberty NXT light rail vehicle ready for delivery


    USA: Brookville Equipment Corp has completed the first of five Liberty NXT light rail vehicles ordered by Sound Transit for the Hilltop Tacoma Link Extension project. The 2·6 km Tacoma Link line is being extended by 3·9 km to serve Tacoma’s Stadium ...