Urban transport stories from Asia – Page 5

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    Bus drivers to be retrained for an autonomous vehicle future


    SINGAPORE: A memorandum of understanding was signed on October 24 to retrain bus drivers in preparation for the expected deployment of autonomous buses in the city. The signatories are the Land Transport Authority, the National Transport Workers’ Union, ST Engineering, SBS Transit, SMRT Buses, Tower Transit ...

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    Jabodebek train delivered to Jakarta


    INDONESIA: PT Inka delivered the first of 31 six-car trainsets that it is supplying to operate on Jakarta’s Jabodebek LRT network on October 13. The 1 435 mm gauge trainset has capacity for 1 308 passengers including 174 seated and a maximum speed of 100 km/h. ...

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    Volocopter flies in Singapore


    SINGAPORE: A test flight of a Volocopter air taxi took place in Singapore on October 22, during the Intelligent Transport Systems World Congress. The manned flight of a 2X model over Marina Bay took 2 min to cover 1·5 km at an average cruising height of ...

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    Siemens Mobility to supply Singapore metro signalling digital twin


    SINGAPORE: Land Transport Authority has awarded Siemens Mobility a contract to design and supply a ‘digital twin’ replicating the signalling system which the company has supplied for the 42 km Downtown Line. Located in the operations control centre at Gali Batu depot, the facility is intended ...

  • Hiroshima Rapid Transit Co has taken delivery of the first of 11 series 7000 Automated Guideway Transit trainsets.
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    Hiroshima rubber-tyred light metro train delivered


    JAPAN: Hiroshima Rapid Transit Co has taken delivery of the first of 11 six-car rubber-tyred Automated Guideway Transit light metro trainsets which Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Engineering is supplying to replace the existing vehicles on New Transit Line 1, known as the Astram Line. Testing and commissioning ...

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    Tokyo’s Joban Line to get ATO


    JAPAN: Automatic Train Operation is to be introduced on Tokyo’s Joban Line (Local) services next year, East Japan Railway announced on October 8.

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    Indian metro bogie test facility inaugurated


    INDIA: BEML has inaugurated a bogie and traction motor testing facility at its metro car manufacturing plant at the BEML Bangalore Complex. The company said the indigenously- developed facility was ‘one of its kind’ in India, and would help it to improve metro train reliability and ...

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    Delhi Metro opens Grey Line 9


    INDIA: Line 9 of the Delhi Metro network opened for revenue service on October 4, following a formal inauguration by Delhi’s Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and national Minister of State for Housing Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri. Designated the Grey ...

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    Okinawa Urban Monorail extended


    Photo: Kazumiki Miura JAPAN: An extension of the Okinawa Urban Monorail serving Naha was inaugurated on September 29, with regular passenger services beginning on October 1. The 4·2 km northeastern extension from Shuri to Tedako-Uranishi adds four stations and brings the line, also known as ...

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    ​Further delay to Singapore – Johor Bahru metro


    ASIA: The RTS Link international metro scheme that would link Singapore with Malaysia has been put on hold for a further month. In May the two countries announced that development work had been put on hold until September 30 at Malaysia’s request, and Malaysia has now ...

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    Driverless metro to Gimpo airport inaugurated


    SOUTH KOREA: The Gimpo Gold Line in northwestern Seoul opened on September 28. The 23·7 km driverless metro line runs north-south from the Yangchon district to Gimpo International Airport. There are 10 stations, including an interchange at the airport with metro lines 5 and 9, as ...

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    ‘Geographically largest’ contactless payment project completed


    Sydney AUSTRALIA: The roll-out of contactless payment in greater Sydney has been completed, with passengers able to use contactless cards and mobile devices or smart cards on all bus services within the Opal ticketing network from September 23. This follows the introduction of contactless payment across ...

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    Wuhan metro extension opens


    CHINA: A 16·3 km western extension of Wuhan metro Line 4 from Huangjinkou to Bolin opened on September 25, taking the line to 48·6 km and 37 stations. Also known as the Caidian Line, the extension runs underground for 13 km with seven stations and is ...

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    Air rights deal included in Sydney Metro station contract


    AUSTRALIA: The New South Wales government has awarded a consortium of Oxford Properties, CPB Contractors and Grocon a A$463m contract to design and build the landmark Pitt Street station on the City Southwest extension of the Sydney Metro. The 250 m long underground station ...

  • The Victorian government has awarded incumbent Keolis Downer the next contract to operate the Yarra Trams network in Melbourne.
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    Victoria plans next-generation trams and trains


    AUSTRALIA: The government of Victoria has invited suppliers to participate in a ‘collaborative design process’ for Melbourne’s next generation of trams and trains, with workshops to be held in coming months. The Department of Transport is working with rolling stock manufacturers on an interactive process to ...

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    Toshkent Metro receives new trains


    UZBEKISTAN: Transmashholding subsidiary Metrowagonmash handed over five metro trainsets to Toshkent Metro on September 19. MWM’s contract signed in October 2018 includes spare parts and staff training. The order is being partly financed through a loan from Russian development bank VEB.RF and the National Bank of ...

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    Seoul’s Shinansan Line breaks ground


    SOUTH KOREA: A groundbreaking ceremony for the Shinansan suburban railway was held on September 9 at Ansan City Hall, southwest of Seoul. The 44·7 km route with 15 stations will link Hanyang University in Ansan to Yeouido in central Seoul, where interchange will be provided with ...

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    First Lionet tram arrives in Ulan-Ude


    RUSSIA: PK TS delivered the first of 15 Lionet trams to Ulan-Ude on September 4. The tram left the company’s St Petersburg factory on August 28. Ulan-Ude became the launch customer for series-built Lionet vehicles when it awarded sole bidder PK TS a 498m rouble contract ...

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    Jurong Region Line station contracts awarded


    SINGAPORE: Land Transport Authority has awarded two design-build contracts for civil works on five stations on the future Jurong Region Line, it announced on September 10. Work is due to begin next year and be completed in time for the opening of the first phase of ...