Urban transport news – Page 14

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    Metro Report International

    Guangzhou opens Line 7 western extension


    CHINA: The western section of Guangzhou metro Line 7 was opened for revenue service on May 1, running for 13·8 km from Guangzhou South Railway Station to Meidi Dadao and serving eight stations. Construction began in 2016, and tunnel boring got underay ...

  • Elizabeth Line roundel (Photo TfL)
    Rail Business UK

    Crossrail Elizabeth Line to open on May 24


    UK: Elizabeth Line services on the Crossrail route across central London will finally begin on May 24, Transport for London has announced. ‘The opening day is set to be a truly historic moment for the capital and the UK, and we look forward to showcasing a ...

  • Odense tram
    Metro Report International

    Odense tramway handed over with opening expected this month


    DENMARK: The Odense tramway is set to open at the end of May, after the contractor formally handed the project over to owner Odense Letbane when regulatory approval for operation was received on April 26. In June 2017 the CME consortium led by COMSA with subcontractors ...

  • Tramwaje Śląskie has awarded a consortium of Silesia Invest, Spaw-Tor and Grotex a 49m złoty contract to modernise 3·5 km of mostly single track tram route along ul Wojska Polskiego in Sosnowiec
    Metro Report International

    Urban transport industry news round-up


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  • Fuzhou metro train (2)
    Metro Report International

    Third metro line opened in Fuzhou


    CHINA: Fuzhou metro Line 5 opened on April 29, running 22·4 km from Ancient Luozhou Town to Jingxi Houyu with 17 stations including an interchange with Line 2. Main construction began in September 2017. Services are operated at headways of 8 min ...

  • St Petersburg
    Metro Report International

    St Petersburg tram order


    RUSSIA: Sole bidder Sberbank Leasing has been awarded a 12·9bn rouble contract to supply 12 two-section and 42 three-section double and single-sided low-floor trams to St Petersburg. A specific model has not been announced, but the trams will have a ’retro’ styling. Deliveries are scheduled to ...

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    Metro Report International

    Shaoxing metro Line 1 extended


    CHINA: A 26·3 km southern extension of Shaoxing metro Line 1 from China Textile City to Fangquan with 18 stations opened on April 29, taking the line to 47·1 km and 28 stations. Shaoxing started planning a metro network in 2011, and the construction plan was ...

  • LRSSB tram safety video image
    Metro Report International

    ‘Be smart around trams’ safety videos launched


    UK: The Light Rail Safety & Standards Board has launched a series of ‘be smart around trams’ animated videos, commissioned from Creative Star to provide safety tips for passengers. The videos can be used by operators to complement their own safety campaigns on social ...

  • Toronto GO Transit train (Photo: Korneel Luth/Pixabay)

    Ontario Northland to overhaul GO Transit coaches


    CANADA: Greater Toronto area transport authority Metrolinx has awarded Ontario Northland a C$109m contract to refurbish 56 of GO Transit’s BiLevel commuter rail coaches at its Remanufacturing & Repair Centre in North Bay. The overhaul of the double-deck coaches will include structural work and renewed or ...

  • Prasa train in Cape Town

    Cape Town to study commuter rail devolution


    SOUTH AFRICA: Minister of Finance Enoch Godongwana has authorised the city of Cape Town to undertake a detailed feasibility study for the potential devolution of control of suburban rail services from the national government. ‘This is a big deal, because up until now, the national government ...

  • CAF tram in Granada
    Metro Report International

    Granada light rail expansion gets underway


    SPAIN: Surveys have begun ahead of a call for tenders for construction of an extension to Granada’s light rail line, and an order for additional trams has been confirmed. Ayesa and Pontem Engineering Services are undertaking geotechnical surveys for the 4·6 km, six-stop southern extension between ...

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    Metro Report International

    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 ...

  • Cape Town
    Metro Report International

    Cape Town aims to be a laboratory for urban mobility


    SOUTH AFRICA: Plans to position Cape Town as a ‘laboratory for urban mobility in a developing world’ have been presented at an industry briefing on the city’s vision for a New Generation Technologies strategic framework and Integrated Ticketing Business Plan. ‘We have got a whole lot ...

  • Poznan tram extension opening (2)
    Metro Report International

    Tram parade opens Poznań extension


    POLAND: The latest phase of a tramway extension along ul Naramowice in the north of Poznań has opened for revenue service, following an opening ceremony on April 23 which included a parade of historic trams. Initially served by route 10, the double-track extension starts at the ...

  • U-Bahn operator MVG took delivery of the first of 22 C2 trainsets ordered in July 2020.
    Metro Report International

    München orders more C2 U-Bahn trains


    GERMANY: Following a European tender München municipal utility company SWM has ordered a further 18 six-car Type C2 metro trains from Siemens Mobility. They are to be supplied from the Siemens Mobility factory in Wien in 2024-25, with the bogies produced at the company’s Graz plant. ...

  • Škoda Transportation trainset for the Warszawa metro
    Metro Report International

    Warszawa metro train delivered


    POLAND: The first of 37 trainsets being built for the Warszawa metro by Škoda Transportation was delivered to the capital on April 25, ahead of dynamic testing and certification which is expected to be completed within three months. Part-funded by the EU, ...

  • Seoul Robotics

    Smarter intrusion detection


    USA: Seoul Robotics and Herzog Technologies have developed an automated obstacle detection and warning system which detects objects on the track, evaluates their behaviour and the wider situation, and then issues an appropriate alert. The Critical Asset Monitoring technology uses Seoul Robotics’ multi-sensor hardware platform and ...

  • Darmstadt tram extension
    Metro Report International

    Urban transport industry news round-up


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  • Vivarail Class 230 battery multiple-unit for USA (2)
    Metro Report International

    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.
    Metro Report International

    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 ...