Urban transport stories from Asia – Page 14

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    CRRC to supply 300 metro cars to Nanjing


    CHINA: CRRC Nanjing Puzhen won a contract to supply 50 six-car trainsets to operate on Nanjing metro Line 5 on June 15. Deliveries are due to start by the end of October 2019. The Type A trainsets will have a maximum speed of 80 km/h. The 37·4 km ...

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    Hyundai Rotem wins Taoyuan metro order


    TAIWAN: Hyundai Rotem announced on June 26 that it will supply railway systems to the Taoyuan metro Green Line. The 54·2bn won contract includes the supply of 40 two-car driverless trainsets, which the company will assemble at its Changwon plant. These would have an operational speed of 80 km/h. ...

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    Shenzhen Airport peoplemover contract awarded


    CHINA: Shenzhen Airport Co has awarded the CRRC Puzhen Bombardier Transportation Systems joint venture a 453m yuan contract to supply an Innovia 300 automated peoplemover. The 2·6 km line which is scheduled to enter service in 2020 would connect an airside satellite to the airport’s Terminal 3, which opened in ...

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    Cubic selected for Queensland ticketing contract


    AUSTRALIA: Queensland Department of Transport & Main Roads has selected Cubic Transportation Systems for a A$371m contract to supply, operate and maintain a new ticketing and real-time passenger information system. This will support payment using bankcards, mobile phones and personal electronic devices. ‘This payment solution will bring more convenience ...

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    New South Wales transport budget announced


    AUSTRALIA: The New South Wales government has allocated A$14·4bn towards public transport in its state budget for 2018. A$3bn is going towards the Metro West project to build a second metro line in Sydney. A further A$2·4bn is earmarked for the completion of the first phase of the initial ...

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    Electric buses ordered for Christchurch


    NEW ZEALAND: Christchurch bus operator Red Bus has ordered three Enviro200EV battery buses from a joint venture of Alexander Dennis and battery supplier BYD. The 12 m long buses will have a capacity of 60 passengers and will be air-conditioned. Due to be delivered in March, the vehicles ...

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    Dhaka metro E&M contract signed


    BANGLADESH: Project promoter Dhaka Mass Transit Co signed the ¥55bn railway systems contract for Dhaka metro Line 6 with a joint venture of Marubeni and Larsen & Toubro on June 3. The joint venture will supply ballasted track for the depot and ballastless track to be used elsewhere, eight ...

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    Parramatta light rail project approved


    AUSTRALIA: The first stage of the Parramatta light rail project has received planning approval, Transport for New South Wales announced on May 30. ‘This is an exciting time for the people of Parramatta and for visitors to this fantastic part of Sydney’, said NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian. Construction and ...

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    Nanjing suburban metro network grows


    CHINA: Nanjing’s network of suburban metro lines grew with the opening of an east-west route on May 26. Line S7 runs from Wuxiangshan to Konggangxinchengjiangning, where it meets the north-south Line S1, which has itself been extended 1·5 km south from Nanjing Lukou International Airport. Some services run through ...

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    Passenger tests begin on ‘railless train’ electric bus in Zhuzhou


    CHINA: CRRC Zhuzhou began three months of passenger-carrying tests on its Autonomous Rail Rapid Transit ‘railless train’ in Zhuzhou on May 8. The 3 km first phase of Line A1 has four stops. A second 9 km phase is due to enter service later. The articulated battery-electric bus ...

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    Bangkok Red Line ETCS contract awarded


    THAILAND: Nippon Signal has awarded a contract to Thales for the supply of European Train Control System Level 1 for the Bangkok Red Line. Being developed as part of part of Bangkok’s Mass Rapid Transit Master Plan, the elevated suburban rail line is being built in two phases. These ...

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    Train loading indicators appear at Singapore metro stations


    SINGAPORE: Screens showing passenger loading on trains have entered service on the Downtown Line. Real-time passenger load information on LCD screens indicates how busy the next train will be. Green represents a ‘high probability of available seating’, yellow means that the train is part full and red means that ...

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    Suzhou tram line extended


    CHINA: The Suzhou tram line was extended by 7·6 km on April 28. The western extension from Longkanglu to Xiyang Mountain adds four stops on a mostly at-grade alignment, with two underground sections. The first section of the tram line serving the Gaoxin district opened in 2014, and the ...

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    Tianjin and Guangzhou metro extensions inaugurated


    CHINA: Metro extensions opened in Tianjin and Guangzhou on April 26. Tianjin metro Line 6 was extended southeast from Nancuiping to Meilinlu, adding 19 km and 14 stations. The north-south line is now 45 km long. It is operated with six-car Type B trainsets, but all station platforms are ...

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    Rail boost in Auckland transport plan


    NEW ZEALAND: Further investment in suburban and light rail is to be funded under the NZ$28bn Auckland Transport Alignment Programme unveiled by Transport Minister Phil Twyford and Mayor Phil Goff on April 26. Described as the country's largest ever civil construction programme, ATAP 2018 is intended to ‘create a 21st ...

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    Qingdao opens Line 11


    CHINA: A 57·8 km suburban metro line in the coastal city of Qingdao was inaugurated on April 23, augmenting the existing two-line metro network. Starting from an interchange with Line 2 at Miaolinglu, close to Laoshan Bay, the new Line 11 runs northeast from the city through the Laoshan district ...

  • 2getthere has signed a memorandum of understanding to deploy its Group Rapid Transit autonomous vehicles at the Nanyang Technological University campus in partnership with SMRT Services.
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    NTU Singapore to test GRT autonomous vehicles


    SINGAPORE: Dutch autonomous vehicle technology company 2getthere has signed a memorandum of understanding to deploy its Group Rapid Transit autonomous vehicles at the Nanyang Technological University campus in partnership with SMRT Services. The bidirectional GRT vehicles use ‘magnetic pellets’ on the road for navigation and have a maximum speed of ...

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    Macau Taipa Line operating contract awarded


    CHINA: The Macau Special Administrative Region government has appointed Hong Kong’s MTR Corp to operate and maintain the Macau Light Rapid Transit Taipa Line. The 9·3 km first phase of the driverless rubber-tyred metro line with 11 stations is under construction for opening in 2019. A 5·88bn pataca operations and ...

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    Shenyang metro Line 2 extended north


    CHINA: A northern extension of Shenyang metro Line 2 opened on April 8, taking the north-south route to 31·9 km. The 4·9 km extension with four stations connects Hangkong Hangtian Daxue with Putianlu on an underground alignment. The initial section of Line 2 opened in January 2012, and ...

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    Driverless peoplemover opens in Shanghai


    CHINA: Shanghai’s Pujiang Line automated peoplemover opened to passengers on March 31. The 6·6 km elevated route runs from the southern terminus of metro Line 8 at Shendu Gonglu to Huizhenlu in Pujiang, serving six stations. The line is expected to carry 73 000 passengers a day, with services running ...