Urban transport news from the Americas

  • Phoenix Valley Metro
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    Phoenix South Central light rail grant awarded

    2021-01-14T06:00:00Z

    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

    2021-01-07T18:39:00Z

    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

    2021-01-06T10:56:00Z

    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

    2021-01-05T14:28:00Z

    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

    2020-12-21T12:34:00Z

    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

    2020-12-11T06:00:00Z

    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 ...

  • Sacramento Regional Transit District has been awarded two further grants from the California Transportation Commission to help fund its $610m light rail modernisation programme
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    Sacramento awarded more light rail funding

    2020-12-08T14:17:00Z

    USA: Sacramento Regional Transit District has been awarded two further grants from the California Transportation Commission to help fund its $610m light rail modernisation programme, which includes capacity improvements and the procurement of new low-floor light rail vehicles to replace life-expired high-floor cars. SacRT was ...

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    Real-Time Asset Management research grants awarded

    2020-12-04T05:00:00Z

    USA: The Federal Transit Administration’s Real-Time Asset Management research programme has awarded grants totalling $1·37m to six projects which aim to enhance asset management and safety by deploying innovative technologies. Real-Time Asset Management project funding Sponsor Description Funding ...

  • us Rochester NY RTS electric bus
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    Account-based ticketing-as-a-service offered off-the-shelf

    2020-11-30T05:00:00Z

    USA: Ticketing technology company Masabi has worked with Regional Transit Service in Rochester, New York, to deploy what it says is the first account-based ticketing system powered by an off-the-shelf, MaaS-enabled fare payments-as-a-service platform. The RTS Go fare payment system, which is based on Masabi’s Justride ...

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    First REM light metro trainset unveiled in Montréal

    2020-11-17T06:07:00Z

    CANADA: The first cars to be supplied by Alstom for the Réseau Express Métropolitain automated metro network in Montréal were formally unveiled by Groupe PMM on November 16.

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    MTA uses WhatsApp to reach more New Yorkers

    2020-11-13T05:00:00Z

    USA: New York subway and bus users can now communicate with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in real time using the WhatsApp messaging platform. MTA expects this to prove especially helpful for non-native English speakers, with frontline personnel from the Digital Communications Unit using Google Translate ...

  • New York subway coronavirus poster
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    Eight Covid-19 mitigation technologies to be tested by transport operators

    2020-11-10T10:29:00Z

    USA: Eight finalists have been selected for the Transit Innovation Partnership Covid-19 Response Challenge, a global competition seeking to evaluate technologies to increase public transport safety and responsiveness during the coronavirus pandemic.

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    Valley Line West PPP partner selected

    2020-11-05T12:17:00Z

    CANADA: The City of Edmonton has selected Marigold Infrastructure Partners as ‘preferred proponent’ for a PPP contract to design, build and partially finance the 14 km Valley Line West light rail extension. Following final discussions, the contract is expected to be signed off by the end ...

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    Bogotá metro train order placed

    2020-11-04T11:24:00Z

    COLOMBIA: China Harbour Engineering Co awarded CRRC Changchun a contract to supply 30 driverless trainsets for the future Bogotá metro Line 1 on October 30. Line 1 is to be built by the APCA Transmimetro consortium of China Harbour Engineering Co (85%) ...

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    Monterrey metro train unveiled

    2020-11-03T14:56:00Z

    MEXICO: Chinese manufacturer CRRC Zhuzhou has unveiled the first of 26 two-car articulated light metro trainsets ordered by Monterey operator Metrorrey. The trainsets are intended for use on the existing lines 1 and 2 as well as Line 3 which is under construction for opening ...

  • ca Calgary ticket validator
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    Ticket validators give operator multiple options

    2020-11-03T05:00:00Z

    CANADA: Software-agnostic ticket validator supplier Access-IS is supplying more than 1 000 of its VAL1000 devices for the roll-out of Masabi’s MyFare contactless mobile ticketing at Calgary Transit. The validation units are powered by Masabi’s Justride Inspect software. Passengers scan dynamic and encrypted mobile passes when ...

  • br Salvador monorail impression
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    Salvador monorail design contract awarded

    2020-10-29T05:00:00Z

    BRAZIL: Salvador monorail PPP concessionaire leader BYD has awarded SENER a contract to prepare detailed designs for the railway systems. The 23·6 km straddle monorail with 25 stations will run from São João Island to an interchange with the existing metro lines ...

  • San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency has awarded Cubic Transportation Systems a contract to supply a real-time passenger information system for the Muni light rail and bus network.
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    Updating information for the ‘less-stressed traveller’

    2020-10-27T05:00:00Z

    USA: San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency has awarded Cubic Transportation Systems a contract to supply a real-time passenger information system for the Muni light rail and bus network. This will include upgraded software for more accurate prediction of vehicle arrival times, multimedia LCD signs at rail ...

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    Boston commuter operator hit by ransomware attack

    2020-10-21T09:13:00Z

    USA: Boston commuter rail operator Keolis Commuter Services was subjected to a ransomware attack on its computer systems on the morning of October 10. The company’s threat detection systems alerted the operator, which deactivated its network within a few hours. Employee data may have been stolen, ...

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    LA Regional Connector makes final push

    2020-10-20T11:25:00Z

    USA: Services on Los Angeles’ Gold light rail line will be split into two sections with effect from October 24, as the city embarks on the final stage of its $1·8bn Regional Connector project.