Urban transport news from the Americas

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    Chicago’s first Series 7000 metro cars enter passenger service


    USA: Chicago Transit Authority has begun testing its 10 prototype Series 7000 metro cars in revenue service on the Blue Line between Forest Park and O’Hare International Airport. Out-of-service testing began last year to evaluate the vehicles’ performance in a wide range of weather and ...

  • A C$500m financing package for the construction of a Réseau Express Métropolitain automated metro station at Montréal-Trudeau International Airport was announced on April 16.
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    Montréal REM airport station financing package confirmed


    CANADA: A C$500m financing package for the construction of a Réseau Express Métropolitain automated metro station at Montréal-Trudeau International Airport was announced on April 16. The C$600m station development is being led by Aéroports de Montréal, which will provide up to C$100m and repay loans ...

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    US supports Brazilian urban networks


    INTERNATIONAL: Brazil’s National Association of Passenger Rail Operators, ANPTrilhos has signed a technical co-operation agreement with the American Public Transportation Association, paving the way for the two organisations to exchange information and experience. Using a videoconference link, Executive Director of ANPTrilhos Roberta ...

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    Dallas City Council backs DART D2 Subway plan


    USA: Dallas City Council has unanimously approved a resolution supporting the Dallas Area Rapid Transit D2 Subway project. The planned second light rail line through downtown Dallas would run 3·2 km from Victory Park to Deep Ellum with one surface and three underground stations and ...

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    Transport security changes after social justice concerns


    USA: San Diego Metropolitan Transit System has made changes to its security procedures in response to national concerns about law enforcement. ‘The significant social justice issues involving law enforcement all over the country have made us even more aware of how we want to engage ...

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    Metro and monorail proposed to serve western Los Angeles


    USA: The Los Angeles Metro board has selected two consortia to develop detailed concepts for the Sepulveda Transit Corridor, a proposed metro or monorail line to provide a high speed and high capacity connection between San Fernando Valley, the Westside and eventually Los Angeles International Airport ...

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    Hitachi Rail awarded Washington metro car contract


    USA: Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority has awarded Hitachi Rail a contract to supply the next generation of trains for the federal capital’s 165 km, six-route metro network.

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    First Tempe Streetcar vehicle delivered


    USA: Phoenix operator Valley Metro has taken delivery of the first of six Liberty NXT trams from Brookville Equipment Corp to work the 4·8 km Tempe Streetcar line which is scheduled to open this year. Ordered in 2017 at cost of $33m, the trams are ...

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    Sustainability to be designed into Washington metro depot


    USA: Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority has selected a partnership of architecture, engineering and sustainability company Stantec and construction firm Hensel Phelps to design and build a $225m heavy repair and overhaul facility in Prince George’s County, Maryland. The depot connected to the Orange Line ...

  • CRRC Zhuzhou was awarded a contract to supply a total of 26 articulated trainsets for lines 1, 2 and 3.
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    Monterrey Metro Line 3 opened


    MEXICO: The 7·5 km light metro Line 3 in Monterrey has opened, connecting the end of Line 2 at General I Zaragoza with Hospital Metropolitano. The line has an 800 m underground section between General I Zaragoza and Santa Lucía, with the rest being elevated. ...

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    Getting Ready2Ride in Pittsburgh


    USA: Pittsburgh transport agency Port Authority of Allegheny County and ticketing technology companies Masabi and Transit have launched the three-month pilot phase of the Ready2Ride mobile ticketing system, ahead of the full launch later this year. More than 600 Masabi Justride validation devices have been ...

  • us San Francisco BART coronavirus pandemic air filters
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    Filters deployed and UV on test, but robot struggles to disinfect metro trains


    USA: San Francisco’s BART is ‘actively evaluating many different technologies’ that could potentially be used to combat the coronavirus, according to Chief Safety Officer Jeff Lau. Following a six-month pilot, BART has approved the installation of denser filters in the heating and air conditioning unit underneath ...

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    Lyft highlights public transport options


    USA: Information about San Diego MTS liught rail and bus services is now available alongside e-scooter and rideshare options in the Lyft app. MTS said this ‘puts mobility options front and centre, making it easier for riders to make informed decisions about how to get ...

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    Investor joins São Paulo metro Line 6 project


    BRAZIL: Spanish infrastructure group Acciona has sold a 12·3% stake in the São Paulo Metro Line 6 concession holder Concessionária Linha Universidade to STOA, a French infrastructure investment group which specialises in emerging markets Owned by Caisse des Dépôts (83·3%) and Agence Française de Développement (16·7%), ...

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    Phoenix South Central light rail grant awarded


    USA: The Federal Transit Administration has approved a $529·8m funding package from the Capital Investment Grants programme for Phoenix’s Valley Metro’s $1·35bn South Central Light Rail Extension/Downtown Hub project. The 8·9 km, eight-stop light rail extension to South Mountain Village ‘will better connect Phoenix residents to ...

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    Customer service focus in next Subte operating concession


    ARGENTINA: Buenos Aires metro authority Subterráneos de Buenos Aires SE has agreed a new operating concession with the incumbent Metrovías, which is due to enter into force during the first quarter of 2021.

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    São Paulo tenders suburban operations


    BRAZIL: The São Paulo state government has called tenders for the operation and maintenance of two busy suburban lines, under a programme intended to attract private investment for enhancements. The state’s Secretaría de Transporte Metropolitano has invited bids for a 30-year concession to operate and maintain ...

  • The Finch West light rail line is due to open in 2023.
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    Toronto Finch West light rail maintenance contract awarded


    CANADA: The Mosaic Transit joint venture which holds the PPP concession to design, build, finance and maintain Toronto’s Finch West Light Rail Transit line has subcontracted Bombardier Transportation to provide 30 years of infrastructure and rolling stock maintenance services. The 11 km light rail line from ...

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    Next generation of Vancouver SkyTrain cars ordered


    CANADA: Vancouver transport agency TransLink has awarded Bombardier Transportation a C$722·6m contract to supply 205 automated light metro cars for the SkyTrain network. The order announced on December 17 includes 125 cars to replace first-generation vehicles which entered service in 1985 and to support the Broadway ...

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    Ottawa Trillium Line extension signalling contract awarded


    CANADA: Prime contractor TransitNEXT has selected Siemens Mobility to supply signalling and train control systems for Ottawa’s Trillium Line South Extension project. The project scope includes updating the signalling on the existing suburban line, which is operated by diesel multiple-units, and installing automated train protection to ...