Urban transport news from the Americas

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    Galveston Trolley reopens

    2021-10-08T12:00:00Z

    USA: The Galveston Island Trolley in Texas has reopened, having been suspended since the infrastructure and heritage-style cars were damaged by Hurricane Ike in September 2008. The 11 km line with 22 stops opened in 1988 and is operated by Island Transit using four diesel-electric cars ...

  • Portland TriMet Red Line LRVs
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    Federal funds to support Portland light rail enhancements

    2021-09-28T11:03:00Z

    USA: The Federal Transit Administration has approved grants worth $99·9m to expand the Red Line light rail service in Portland. Under an investment programme branded ‘a Better Red’, operator TriMet is to extend Red Line services westwards by 12·6 km from Beaverton to Hillsboro over the ...

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    Consortium appointed to design Bogotá metro Line 2

    2021-09-13T05:00:00Z

    COLOMBIA: The UT Movilidad Urbana Sostenible consortium has been awarded a contract to undertake the detailed design of Bogotá metro Line 2. Led by Systra, the consortium includes Garrigues Colombia, Brigard & Urrutia Abogados, KPMG Advisory Tax & Legal, BONUS Banca de Inversión and Ingetec Ingeniería ...

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    Santo Domingo metro fleet to be expanded

    2021-09-06T05:00:00Z

    DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: Alstom has been awarded a contract to supply eight three-car Metropolis trainsets to increase capacity on Santo Domingo Metro Line 1. The order is being financed by French development agency AFD. Line 1 serves 16 stations on a 14∙5 km north–south route, and is ...

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    Ultra-wideband train control technology gains SIL-4 certification

    2021-08-31T13:31:00Z

    USA: Independent safety assessor TÜV Süd has granted CENELEC SIL-4 safety certification for Piper Networks’ ultra-wideband location detection and train control technology.

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    Charlotte’s modernised and extended Gold Line reopens

    2021-08-31T12:00:00Z

    USA: Charlotte’s CityLYNX Gold Line streetcar reopened on August 30, following a project to modernise the line and extend it at each end to connect the historic West End to the Elizabeth neighbourhood via Uptown. Trams run every every 20 min from 05.00 to 02.00 seven ...

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    Subscription version of Transit app launched

    2021-08-24T05:00:00Z

    USA: Transit has launched a paid-for version of its transport app. Core features such as next departures, journey planning and mobile ticketing remain free, while after a grace period only subscribers to the new Royale service will be able to access full timetables and maps for routes that are further ...

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    São Paulo Line 9 extended

    2021-08-17T12:07:00Z

    BRAZIL: A one-station extension of São Paulo suburban Line 9 Esmeralda from Grajaú to Mendes-Vila Natal has been inaugurated by state Governor João Doria. Operator CPTM will initially provide a limited service until the full timetable is introduced in December. As part ...

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    Foothill Gold Line design works completed

    2021-08-16T05:00:00Z

    USA: The Foothill Gold Line Construction Authority has announced the substantial completion of design work for the $1·5bn, 15 km four-stop extension of the Los Angeles light rail network from Glendora to Pomona. The design-build contract was awarded to the Kiewit-Parsons Joint Venture in October ...

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    Real-time loading information through Google Maps

    2021-08-10T05:00:00Z

    USA: MTA Long Island Rail Road passengers can now obtain real-time information about seat availability through Google Maps. The technology was developed in-house by the operator. ‘LIRR continues to innovate and develop cutting-edge technology to allow riders to plan their trip right down to the train ...

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    CRRC unveils Los Angeles metro cars

    2021-07-28T11:00:00Z

    USA: The first of the HR4000 metro cars which CRRC Changchun is building for Los Angeles have been unveiled at the manufacturer’s Springfield plant in Massachusetts. Los Angeles County MTA and CRRC Changchun signed a framework agreement in April 2017 for the ...

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    FAA approves $2∙1bn peoplemover link to New York LaGuardia airport

    2021-07-21T11:35:00Z

    USA: The Federal Aviation Administration issued a Record of Decision on July 20 approving plans by the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey to build a 2∙4 km automated peoplemover to link New York’s LaGuardia Airport with Mets-Willets Point railway and metro station.

  • Sao Paulo CPTM Series 9000 train (Photo: Leonardo Vncs/CC BY-SA 3.0)
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    Suburban trains ordered for São Paulo operating concession

    2021-07-21T09:48:00Z

    BRAZIL: The ViaMobilidade joint venture of CCR and RuasInvest has selected Alstom to supply 36 eight-car Metropolis trainsets for São Paulo suburban lines 8 and 9, which it is to take over from CPTM in January 2022 under a 30-year operating and maintenance concession. The ...

  • Alstom would supply 30 SkyTrain automated light metro trainsets, using options within the fleet renewal and expansion contract which TransLink and Bombardier Transportation announced in December 2020.
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    Vancouver SkyTrain expansion funding announced

    2021-07-12T15:21:00Z

    CANADA: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has confirmed that the federal government would provide up to C$1·3bn to meet 40% of the cost of the proposed Surrey Langley Extension of Vancouver’s SkyTrain automated light metro network, subject to due diligence and the approvals process. The Province of ...

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    Testing underway on San Diego’s Mid-Coast Extension

    2021-07-06T14:29:00Z

    USA: Testing of the Mid-Coast Extension light rail line has begun, after the San Diego Association of Governments officially handed the route over to operator MTS ahead of the opening which is scheduled for November 21. ‘This is an important day’, said MTS board Chair Nathan ...

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    First Kawasaki R211 Subway cars arrive in New York

    2021-07-02T12:22:00Z

    USA: MTA New York City Transit took delivery of its first five R211 metro cars at the South Brooklyn Transfer Yard on July 1, following delivery from manufacturer Kawasaki Rail Car.

  • Miami-Dade Metromover (Photo: Alstom)
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    Miami-Dade Metromover modernisation contract

    2021-07-01T05:00:00Z

    USA: Miami-Dade County Department of Transportation & Public Works has awarded Alstom a $140m contract to modernise railway systems on the Metromover peoplemover. This will include the supply of Cityflo 650 communications-based train control, and replacing or refurbishing the power distribution and SCADA systems and guideway ...

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    Amazon backs transit-oriented development of affordable housing

    2021-06-22T13:12:00Z

    USA: Amazon’s Housing Equity Fund has committed to provide below-market financing to support the transit-oriented development of affordable housing in Seattle and Washington DC, with the aim of ensuring that moderate to low-income families can afford to live in areas with easy access to employment, schools, ...

  • Contactless payment (Photo: Monterey-Salinas Transit)
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    Californian contactless payment demonstration

    2021-05-31T05:00:00Z

    USA: Monterey-Salinas Transit has introduced contactless payment on its bus services as part of the Caltrans-led California Integrated Travel Project to improve travel planning and transit payments throughout the state. Caltrans is working in collaboration with Visa, payment gateway supplier Cybersource, back-office supplier Littlepay, SC Soft ...

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    Merval extension moves ahead

    2021-05-27T13:00:00Z

    CHILE: An environmental impact assessment is due to be completed by July for an extension of the Valparaíso suburban service from Limache to La Calera as part of the government’s Chile on Rails programme. Inaugurated in 2006, the Metro de Valparaíso suburban service runs for ...