Urban transport stories from Asia

  • (Photo) LG Display Equips Korea’s New High-Speed Underground Railway with Transparent OLEDs
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    Train windows become information screens


    SOUTH KOREA: An eight-car trainset operating on Seoul Great Train Express Line A has been equipped with 55 inch Transparent OLED displays which act as both windows and information screens. The 16 screens supplied by LG Display show varied content including route maps, while also functioning ...

  • Temirtau tramway
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    Temirtau tramway reopening project gets underway


    KAZAKHSTAN: Steelmaker Qarmet has begun work to reopen the 11 km tramway in Temirtau which was included in its acquisition of the local steelworks from ArcelorMittal Steel in December. Tram operations has been suspended in February 2023 when the then owner said the line was unprofitable ...

  • Jakarta MRT extension railway systems contract image MRT Jakarta (2)
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    MRT Jakarta extension railway systems contract awarded


    INDONESIA: Operator MRT Jakarta has awarded a 4·2tr rupiah contract to Japan’s Sojitz Corp on April 17 to design and install the railway systems on the phase 2A extension of the Jakarta MRT North–South Line. The 5·8 km underground phase 2A is under construction between Bundaran ...

  • Metro Manila Subway TBM arrival image Sumitomo Mitsui Construction Co (3)
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    More Metro Manila Subway loans agreed


    PHILIPPINES: Finance Secretary Ralph Recto and Japan International Cooperation Agency Chief Representative Takema Sakamoto signed a ¥150bn loan agreement on March 26 for the third tranche of financing for Phase 1 of the Metro Manila Subway Project. MMSP Phase 1 is being supported by two previous ...

  • Ataköy-İkitelli Metro (Phot IBB) (8)
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    Local elections prompt flurry of Istanbul metro openings


    TURKEY: Four extensions to existing metro lines have been opened in Istanbul to coincide with the municipal elections which took place at the end of March. On March 11, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan inaugurated a seven-station southern extension of line M3 from Kirazlı to Bakırköy Sahil on ...

  • Penang (Photo Vincent Tan,  Pixabay)
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    Malaysian government takes over Penang light rail project


    MALAYSIA: Responsibility for the Mutiara Light Rail Transit project has been transferred from the state of Penang to the federal government, Malaysia’s Transport Minister Anthony Loke has announced. The project is to be developed and managed by government-owned MRT Corp. It is to be implemented through ...

  • GTX opening image Molit (1)
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    First section of Seoul’s GTX Line A opens


    SOUTH KOREA: The initial 28 km section of the Great Train Express commuter rail network in the Seoul conurbation, linking Suseo with Dongtan has opened.

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    Seoul Metro to operate GTX-A when it opens on March 30


    SOUTH KOREA: Seoul Metro has been selected as operator for Line A of the capital’s Great Train Express commuter rail network, ahead of the opening of the first section on March 30. When complete, the 82 km line with 11 stations will link Unjeong in the ...

  • Line 2 extension in Kolkata photo Modi (1)
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    Modi inaugurates three sections of metro in Kolkata


    INDIA: Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated one new metro line and two extensions in Kolkata on March 6, totalling 11·5 km. The initial 5·4 km, five-station southern section of Line 6 (Orange) has opened between Kavi Subhash and Hemanta Mukhopadhay; it was built at a cost ...

  • Agra metro Yellow Line opening (Photo UPMRC) (2)
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    Metro to the Taj Mahal opens


    INDIA: Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the first section of the Agra metro by teleconference on March 6, with passenger services starting at 06.00 the following day. The cabinet approved plans for the two-line Agra metro network in 2019, and construction was formally launched in December ...

  • The Low Emission Access to Public Transport programme has been launched to enhance last-mile connectivity at Namma Metro stations in Bengaluru and encourage women to become rickshaw drivers.
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    Sustainable last-mile LEAP connectivity at Bengaluru metro stations


    INDIA: The Low Emission Access to Public Transport programme has been launched to enhance last-mile connectivity at Namma Metro stations in Bengaluru and encourage women to become rickshaw drivers. LEAP is backed by Alstom, Bangalore Metro Rail Corp and charity WRI India. It is managed by ...

  • Taipei skyline
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    Taipei metro extension to Keelung approved


    TAIWAN: The Ministry of Transportation & Communications has approved plans to extend the Blue Line metro eastwards by 15·6 km from Nangang Exhibition Centre in Taipei to Badu main line station in Keelung. The total project cost is NT$69·7bn, of which the central government would provide ...

  • Ulaanbaatar metro project (3)
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    Tenders called to develop Ulaanbaatar metro plan


    MONGOLIA: Mayor Khishgeegiin Nyambaatar has announced a US$1·3bn plan to develop a metro to improve connectivity in Ulaanbaatar. Nyambaatar was tasked with solving the problem of traffic jams and reducing air pollution when the government appointed him as Mayor last year. The city’s procurement department has ...

  • Istanbul T6 opening (Photo President's office) (3)
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    Istanbul’s Sirkeci – Kazlıçeşme ‘light rail’ line opens


    TURKEY: A ‘light rail’ line on the alignment of the former railway to the historic Sirkeci station on the European side of Istanbul was opened by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan February 26. The Halkalı – Sirkeci section of line closed in August 2013 as part of ...

  • Izmir metro extension opens image Izmir municipality (1)
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    Izmir metro extension opens


    TURKEY: Passenger-carrying pre-operation started on the 6·5 km western extension of Izmir metro Line 1 from Fahrettin Altay to Sehitlik on February 24 with a ceremony attended by Izmir Mayor Tunç Soyer. Passengers can travel free of charge until April 15. A ...

  • Delhi Metro Phase IV train production begins (Photo Alstom)
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    Delhi’s Golden Line trains under construction


    INDIA: Alstom’s Sri City factory has begun production of Metropolis trainsets for Delhi Metro Rail Corp’s Phase IV expansion programme. The €312m contract awarded in November 2022 covers 52 six-car trainsets. These are needed for extensions of lines 7 (Pink) and 8 (Magenta), and the future ...

  • Meerut Metro train handover (Photo NCRTC)
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    First Meerut Metro train handed over


    INDIA: The first trainset for Meerut Metro services was handed over to National Capital Region Transport Corp at Alstom’s Savli plant on February 16. The Meerut Metro will provide local stopping services at 11 stations on the 25 km Partapur – Modipuram section of the 82 ...

  • Bengaluru receives first automated metro trainset (Photo CRRC) (1)
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    Bengaluru receives first automated metro trainset


    INDIA: The first of 15 six-car driverless metro trainsets that CRRC Nanjing Puzhen is supplying in partnership with domestic producer Titagarh Rail Systems for Bengaluru’s under-construction Yellow Line metro arrived at Hebbagodi depot on February 14. The trainset had been shipped to the port of Chennai ...

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    Chennai Metro tickets on sale through e-commerce system


    INDIA: Chennai Metro Rail Ltd says it is the first Indian metro to enable its tickets to be sold using Open Network for Digital Commerce standards. ‘By partnering with ONDC, CMRL is now completely opening up access to its ticketing application service, allowing a wide range ...

  • Chennai metro extension signature (Photo Alstom)
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    Dance inspires styling of Chennai driverless metro fleet


    INDIA: Alstom’s Sricity plant has begun production of 36 Metropolis trainsets with local-inspired styling for Chennai metro Phase II. They are scheduled to enter service with operator Chennai Metro Rail Ltd by the end of 2025 on the 26 km Orange Line which will run from ...