Urban transport stories from Asia – Page 10

  • 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 ...

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    Guangzhou adds suburban metro lines


    CHINA: Two suburban metro lines opened in Guangzhou on December 28, and one metro line was extended. The main section of Line 14 runs for 54·4 km between Jiahewanggang and Dongfeng in the northeast of the city, serving 13 stations. At Xinhe the Knowledge City Line branches off. Opened ...

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    Beijing metro lines 6 and 8 extended


    CHINA: The Beijing metro network grew by more than 20 km on December 30 with the opening of extensions to lines 6 and 8. The southern section of Line 8 connects Zhushikou, where interchange is provided with Line 7, with Yinghai. The 10·3 km north-south route is not yet ...

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    CAF to supply catenary-free trams to Parramatta


    AUSTRALIA: Transport for New South Wales has awarded contracts for the construction and operation of Stage 1 of the Parramatta light rail project. A joint venture of Downer and CPB Contractors has been awarded the A$840m civil works contract, while the A$536m fit-out and operations contract has been signed ...

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    First metro line opens in Jinan


    CHINA: The first metro line in Jinan was inaugurated on January 1. Line R1 connects Fangte and Gongyanyuan. Of the 26·3 km route, a 16·2 km section with seven stations is elevated and 10·1 km with four stations runs underground. Services are operated with four-car trainsets, which are stabled ...

  • JR East began testing driverless operation on the Yamanote Line in the early hours of December 30 (Photo: Akihiro Nakamura).
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    East Japan Railway tests driverless operation


    JAPAN: East Japan Railway is testing automatic train operation on the Yamanote Line in Tokyo, with a view to assessing the feasibility of converting routes to driverless operation. The 34·5 km circular route was selected for testing because it does not share tracks with other lines. JR East envisages that ...

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    Chengdu tramway in service


    CHINA: The initial section of the Chengdu tram network opened on December 26. The 13·6 km Line T2 between Chenguang and Hexin Road is the first phase of a planned 39·3 km Y-shaped network in the northwest of the city that would provide interchange with metro Line 2. Services ...

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    Songjiang tramway opens in Shanghai


    CHINA: The first section of the Songjiang tram network in Shanghai opened on December 26. The 13·9 km route serving 20 stops connects Zhongchen Road in the east with Canghua Road in the west via Songjiang University Town, where interchange is provided with metro Line 9. Services operate ...

  • Dazhushan station under construction on an elevated section of Qingdao Line 13. (Photo: wikipedia/Sprt98)
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    Qingdao opens coastal metro Line 13


    CHINA: An isolated regional metro line was opened in the eastern port city of Qingdao on December 26. Designated Line 13, but originally known as R3, the Jiaonan line is currently not connected to the rest of the city’s metro network. Starting from Jinggangshan Lu in the Huangdao port district ...

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    Chongqing opens Line 5 extension


    CHINA: A 2·5 km extension of Chongqing metro line 5 from Dalongshan to Dashiba was opened for revenue service on December 24, adding a single station to the route. The extension comes just under a year after the inauguration of the first section of Line 5 between Expo Garden Centre ...

  • The damaged tunnel section has been temporarily stabilised pending permanent repairs.
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    Tunnel failure delays Perth airport rail link


    AUSTRALIA: Opening of the Forrestfield-Airport Link in Perth is now expected in the second half of 2021, Western Australia’s Minister of Transport & Planning Rita Saffioti announced on December 18. Being built at a cost of A$1·86bn, the 8·5 km suburban railway to the airport and Forrestfield will diverge from ...