Urban transport stories from Asia – Page 10

  • Both Bangalore metro lines are being extended as part of Phase 2.
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    Alstom wins Bangalore metro electrification contract


    INDIA: Bangalore Metro Rail Corp has awarded Alstom a €71m contract to provide power supplies and electrification for the extension to the city’s two metro lines being built as part of Phase 2 of BMRC’s network development plan. Alstom is to install 750 V DC third-rail electrification, along with ...

  • A southern extension of Wuhan metro Line 2 opened for revenue service on February 19.
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    Wuhan metro Line 2 extended


    CHINA: A southern extension of Wuhan metro Line 2 opened for revenue service on February 19 following three months of test running. The 13·2 km underground extension runs from Optics Valley Square to Fozuling, adding 10 stations. These are all designed for eight-car trains, although Line 2 currently uses ...

  • The light rail line in Newcastle opened to passengers on February 18.
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    Newcastle light rail line opens


    AUSTRALIA: Regular passenger services on the Newcastle light rail line began at 05.05 on February 18, marking the first tram service in the city since the first-generation network closed in 1950. The 2·7 km route serves six stops between Pacific Park in the east and Wickham in the west, ...

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    Tokyo metro’s Shibuya roof in place


    JAPAN: The final section of the overall roof for Tokyo Metro’s new Ginza Line station at Shibuya was winched into place on the night of February 6-7, marking a major milestone in the ¥29bn station reconstruction project to improve interchange with JR East’s Yamanote Loop suburban services. Designed by ...

  • Lucknow residents can now use their GoSmart Card tickets to pay house and property taxes at the metro‘s ticket machines.
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    Pay tax at metro ticket machines


    INDIA: Lucknow residents can now use their GoSmart Card tickets to pay house and property taxes at the metro‘s ticket machines, and the system is to be extended to cover other bills. Receipts are issued providing details of the tax payments made, and payments appear in the user’s account ...

  • BYD is supplying 200 K8S buses to Xi'an.
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    Electric double-decker buses enter service in Xi’an


    CHINA: Xi’an put into service 100 electric double-decker buses supplied by BYD on January 30, ahead of the Chinese New Year festival. The K8S vehicles have entered service on routes 284, 608 and 609. A further 100 are due to enter service on routes 19, 25 and 603 at ...

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    Sanya tram line opens to passengers


    CHINA: The initial phase of the first tram line in Sanya on Hainan Island opened for revenue service on January 1. Services are operating on the northern section of the line from Sanya Railway Station to Jiefang Lu, serving six stops. When complete, the line will be 8·4 km ...

  • The driverless trainsets will be used on the New Airport Line in Beijing.
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    Driverless 160 km/h metro train on test


    CHINA: Rolling stock to be used on the New Airport Line in Beijing has commenced testing. The 160 km/h Type D trainset is reported to be the fastest metro train in China. CRRC Qingdao Sifang is supplying a fleet of 12 driverless trainsets to operate on the line that ...

  • Line S1 in Wenzhou opened on January 23.
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    First suburban line opens in Wenzhou


    CHINA: The first phase of suburban Line S1 in Wenzhou opened on January 23. The 34·8 km route runs from Tongling to Olympic Centre, serving 12 stations; three more stations are still to open. The National Development & Reform Commission approved the line in September 2012, and construction was ...

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    Lucknow Metro begins using automatic train operation


    INDIA: Lucknow Metro trains began running in attended automatic train operation mode on January 21. Trains have been running under manual driving with automatic train protection since the initial 8·5 km Transport Nagar – Charbagh section of the north–south line opened in September 2017. The train operators now give a ...

  • DeepBlue Technology unveiled its Smart Panda Bus autonomous vehicle at the New Generation Artificial Intelligence Future Development Summit in Shanghai.
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    Smart Panda Bus demonstrates ‘intelligent’ technologies


    CHINA: DeepBlue Technology unveiled its Smart Panda Bus autonomous vehicle at the New Generation Artificial Intelligence Future Development Summit in Shanghai on January 18. Smart Panda Bus incorporates Shanghai-based DeepBlue Technology’s autopilot, finger vein recognition, voice interaction and advertising systems, as well as vehicle monitoring, intelligent unmanned retail, abnormal behaviour ...

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    Masabi to bring mobile ticketing to Japan


    JAPAN: Journey planning company Jorudan has signed a partnership agreement with Masabi to integrate mobile ticketing into its product offering. The agreement announced on January 16 will see Jorudan integrate Masabi’s Justride mobile ticketing software development kit, including Justride Inspect ticket validation, into its apps. The Japanese company ...

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    Testing commences on full length of Sydney Metro Northwest


    AUSTRALIA: The first test along the full length of the Metro Northwest route in Sydney took place on January 14, when a train travelled the 36 km from Tallawong in the northwest to Chatswood. The initial phase of the city’s first metro line is due to open in the ...

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    Maharashtra approves Nagpur metro Phase 2


    INDIA: Plans for the second phase of the Nagpur metro network were formally adopted by the Maharashtra state government on January 8, and the Detailed Project Report submitted to the national government for endorsement. Expected to take four years to build, Phase 2 would add a ...

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    Shenyang tram network expands


    CHINA: Trams in Shenyang started serving Shenyang South railway station on January 5 with the opening of two short extensions to the network. The 800 m extension serving the railway station is used by services on two new routes. Route 4 runs to Century Building via University Science City. ...

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    Manila Line 3 upgrade contract awarded


    PHILIPPNIES: The Department of Transportation has awarded a ¥35·5bn contract for the rehabilitation and maintenance of Manila metro Line 3 to a consortium of Sumitomo Corp and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Engineering. Sumitomo group company TES Philippines will also work on the project. Work is due to start this month ...

  • The first section of elevated metro line in Toshkent is under construction.
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    Toshkent elevated metro line under construction


    UZBEKISTAN: The first section of an elevated metro line in Toshkent is being built by national railway company UTY to designs by the Boshtransloyiha engineering institute. Starting at the Olmazor terminus of the Toshkent metro’s existing Chilonzor Line, the 7·1 km Sergili Line will run south above Choshtepa, Mirzo Tursunzoda ...

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    CRRC delivers LRVs to Hong Kong


    CHINA: The first two of 40 light rail vehicles that CRRC Nanjing Puzhen is supplying to MRT Corp arrived at the Tuen Mun depot in Hong Kong on December 28. CRRC is supplying the LRVs under a HK$745m order placed in 2016. In addition to replacing the 30 Phase ...

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    Wuhan extends driverless metro line


    CHINA: A southern extension of Wuhan’s driverless metro Line 7 opened to passengers on December 28. The 16·6 km underground extension from Yezhihu to Qinglongshan Ditiexiaozhen adds seven stations. CRRC Zhuzhou has supplied 15 six-car trainsets for the extension. These augment the 40 trainsets supplied by CRRC Changchun for ...

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    Chongqing metro adds two lines


    CHINA: Two metro lines opened in Chongqing on December 28. The northern part of the Loop Line is 33·7 km and connects Chongqing Library with Haixialu via Chongqingbei Railway Station. There are 24 stations, of which seven are due to open in 2019. The Loop Line crosses the ...