Urban transport stories from Asia – Page 13

  • The second tram line in the city of Suzhou opened on August 31.
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    Second tram line opens in Suzhou


    CHINA: The second tram line in the city of Suzhou opened on August 31, having been under construction since December 2014. The 17·2 km Line 2 starts at Longkang Road where there is an interchange with Line 1, and then runs via Hogfu Road to Suzhou New District Railway ...

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    Changchun metro Line 2 opens


    CHINA: Services on Changchun metro Line 2 began on August 30. The 22·8 km east-west route serves 18 stations between Dongfang Square and Xihu. The underground line is electrified at 1·5 kV DC overhead. The fleet of 70 km/h six-car Type B trainsets is stabled at a depot near ...

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    Shanghai tram operations contract awarded


    CHINA: Songjiang Tramway has awarded Shanghai Keolis a five-year contract to operate and maintain the tram network in the Songjiang district of southwestern Shanghai. The joint venture of Shanghai Shentong Metro Group (51%) and Keolis (49%) is to operate the two-line network, which is due to open in two ...

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    Zhengzhou to test hydrogen fuel cell buses


    CHINA: Zhengzhou Public Transportation Corp is to put 20 hydrogen fuel cell buses into commercial demonstration operation. The buses that Yutong is supplying are equipped with a kneeling function for easier boarding, as well as a ramp. The supplier says that the buses have a range of 500 ...

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    Hyundai Rotem wins Seoul metro driverless train contract


    SOUTH KOREA: Hyundai Rotem has been awarded a 361·5bn won contract to supply driverless rolling stock and railway systems for a metro line being developed in Seoul. Rotem is to supply 50 two-car trainsets to operate the 13·4 km underground line connecting Seongdong-gu and Nowon-gu in northeast Seoul. The ...

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    Mernda extension completed


    AUSTRALIA: A public open day on August 19 marked the official completion of an 8 km extension of Melbourne’s South Morang Line to Mernda, with around 6 000 local residents invited to sample a shuttle service on the route. Regular services are due to begin running with the introduction of ...

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    Singapore data analysis contract awarded


    SINGAPORE: Land Transport Authority has awarded a consortium of Siemens and ST Engineering Electronics an S$18·8m contract to develop a rail enterprise asset management system. The core functions are expected to be operational by mid-2020 on the Downtown Line, with the other lines due to be added in phases. ...

  • Wellington introduced battery double-decker buses in July.
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    Wellington trolleybuses to be converted to battery operation


    NEW ZEALAND: The Energy Efficiency & Conservation Authority is giving a NZ$763 000 grant for the conversion of 50 Wellington trolleybuses to battery power. Bus operator NZ Bus is to install fast-charging stations at the Karori and Kilbirnie depots, and the converted buses are expected to enter service at ...

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    Sydney light rail depot energised


    AUSTRALIA: Randwick Stabling Yard, the depot for Sydney’s CBD & South East Light Rail line, has been energised. Daytime testing of trams on the route is expected to begin in the coming months; night testing started in February. As well as facilities for light maintenance and tram washing, the ...

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    Chennai Metro selects Trimble diagnostics platform


    INDIA: Chennai Metro Rail Ltd is to deploy Trimble’s asset management platform to provide real-time status monitoring and analytics for its fleet of Alstom trainsets. This is intended to improve the operator’s ability to make data-driven decisions, supporting root cause analysis of faults and streamlining maintenance planning. Trimble is to ...

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    Gateless fare collection system developed


    SINGAPORE: ST Engineering has developed a prototype gateless be-in be-out fare collection system, which it displayed at the Singapore International Transport Congress and Exhibition in July. ST Engineering says that ticket gates are the biggest bottleneck to station throughput, and this would eliminate that bottleneck. Cameras working in conjunction ...

  • Trial passenger operation has begun on the initial phase of the first metro line in Urumqi.
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    Trial operation begins on first Urumqi metro line


    CHINA: Trial passenger operation on the initial phase of the first metro line in the western city of Urumqi began on July 9. The 16·5 km Line 1 runs entirely underground from Balou in the city centre to the international airport, with 12 stations. CRRC Zhuzhou has supplied 27 Type ...

  • Metro Trains Sydney has awarded Alstom a 15-year contract to maintain the 22 six-car Metropolis automated trainsets, Urbalis 400 CBTC and point machines which the company is supplying for the 36 km Sydney Metro Northwest project.
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    Alstom awarded Sydney metro maintenance contract


    AUSTRALIA: Metro Trains Sydney has awarded Alstom a 15-year contract to maintain the 22 six-car Metropolis automated trainsets, Urbalis 400 CBTC and point machines which the company is supplying for the 36 km Sydney Metro Northwest project. Alstom is to deploy its HealthHub maintenance platform, which is designed around condition-based ...

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    Max Bögl plans to enter urban maglev market


    GERMANY: Construction company Max Bögl is planning to relaunch the maglev concept with a view to winning export contracts. Instead of a high speed application, the company envisages low or medium speed operation over distances up to about 30 km. Following the demise of Transrapid maglev technology in Germany ...

  • Alstom is to supply of 19 four-car Metropolis trainsets for Taipei Metro Line 7 Phase 1
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    Taipei Metro Line 7 railway systems contract awarded


    TAIWAN: Taipei City Government’s Department of Rapid Transit Systems has awarded a consortium of Alstom and local engineering and contracting company CTCI the €378m rolling stock and railway systems contract for Taipei Metro Line 7 Phase 1. Announcing the contract on July 10, consortium leader Alstom said its €220m share ...

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    HQ Equita acquires transport technology companies and expects market growth


    INTERNATIONAL: German investment group HQ Equita has signed an agreement to acquire a majority stake in public transport communication, security and monitoring technology supplier r2p from Swedish investor Alder Fund I. Announcing the deal on July 9, HQ Equita said it would simultaneously acquire Australian passenger information system company Open ...

  • Map of the Green Line automated metro project in Taoyuan.
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    Siemens to supply Taoyuan Green Line E&M systems


    TAIWAN: Siemens is to supply electrical and mechanical systems for the Green Line automated metro project in Taoyuan. The line is to be built under a turnkey contract which the city government has awarded to a consortium of Siemens, local construction company BES Engineering and South Korea rolling stock supplier ...

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    CRRC rolls out Delingha tram


    CHINA: CRRC’s Qingdao factory has rolled out the first tram for Delingha, which is expected to enter service by the end of the year in the city in Qinghai province. The two-section low-floor tram is equipped with onboard energy storage that consists of a supercapacitor and lithium-titanate battery, which ...

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    Dalian metro Line 2 extended


    CHINA: A one-station extension of Dalian metro Line 2 was inaugurated on June 28. The 3·1 km underground extension runs from Dalian Airport to Xinzhaizi, where interchange will be provided with the future Line 4. Line 2 is now 25·8 km long with 21 stations. The first section ...

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    Metro standards committee formed


    INDIA: The government has established a committee to develop standards for locally-manufactured components to be used in the country’s metro networks. Announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the opening of the Delhi Metro Green Line extension on June 25, the establishment of the new committee follows a government decision ...