All Urban transport technology articles

  • Mosvka driverless tram (Photo Moskva Metro) (1)
    Metro Report International

    Driverless tram scheduled to carry first passengers in September


    RUSSIA: Moskva’s first driverless tram is to begin carrying passengers in September, the city’s Department of Transport has announced. On July 15 operator Moskva Metro reported that the tram was currently on test without passengers on Route 10, adding that it had already covered 400 km ...

  • Tyne and Wear Metro control room (Photo Nexans)
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    Tyne & Wear Metro SCADA contract awarded


    UK: Tyne & Wear Metro operator Nexus has selected Sella Controls to undertake a £8·8m two-year project to replace the Supervisory Control & Data Acquisition System which is used to manage the network’s high and low voltage power supplies, fire and intruder alarms, lighting, lifts, escalators ...

  • Glasgow Subway Stadler train (Photo SPT) (3)
    Rail Business UK

    Scottish transport ticketing goes digital


    UK: Unicard has migrated paper-based ZoneCard tickets valid on ScotRail, Glasgow Subway and bus services in the west of Scotland to its ITSO-compliant smart ticketing platform. Strathclyde Partnership for Transport awarded the contract with the aim of improving the passenger experience and reducing the complexity of ...

  • Berlin U-Bahn Siemens Mobility CBTC contract (Photo: BVG/Oliver Lang)
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    Siemens Mobility awarded Berlin U-Bahn CBTC contract


    GERMANY: Berlin transport operator BVG has awarded Siemens Mobility a contract to supply communications-based train control to support Grade of Automation 2 attended semi-automated operation on metro lines U5 and U8.

  • Veezu and Seatfrog (Photo Veezu)
    Rail Business UK

    Train ticket and taxi apps link up


    UK: Rail ticketing app Seatfrog and private hire taxi platform Veezu have announced a strategic partnership to link train journey and taxi network data. Passengers will be able to book taxi rides connected automatically to their rail departure and arrival times, so they can step out ...

  • UB Infrastructure building
    Rail Business UK

    Aluminium cladding saves leaking TfL building


    UK: To meet Transport for London’s need to upgrade a lineside electrical switch box, UB Infrastructure devised a way to clad the existing building in aluminium panels which were fabricated off-site by ADS Laser Cutting and installed by Walker Construction. The building had experienced water ingress ...

  • MTR Corporation and supporting partners celebrate the great success of the Social Innovation Challenge.
    Metro Report International

    MTR Corp aims to inspire the changemakers of the future


    CHINA: More than 1 000 pupils from 35 secondary schools have taken part in MTR Corp’s Train for Life’s Journeys 2.0 social innovation challenge programme.

  • Centre for Electric Transport & Driverless Technologies (Photo Moskva Metro)
    Metro Report International

    Centre for Electric Transport & Driverless Technologies opened


    RUSSIA: Moskva Mayor Sergey Sobyanin has inaugurated a Centre for Electric Transport & Driverless Technologies which aims to bring developers together in one place to foster innovation. Projects being worked on include a driverless tram, a virtual Troika card enabling a smart phone to be used ...

  • Smartphone user (Photo Pixabay)
    Metro Report International

    ITSO smart ticketing Technical Specification updated


    UK: Smart ticketing standards body ITSO Ltd has announced a new version of the ITSO Technical Specification. ‘We’ve seen notable technological advancements since the last Specification release, and we are now in a position to introduce new features which are designed to accommodate newer technologies, ensuring ...

  • SEPTA Conduent gates pilot
    Metro Report International

    3D Fare Gates aim to deter evasion


    USA: Conduent Transportation is working with Philadelphia’s SEPTA to trial its 3D Fare Gates which aim to detect, deter and quantify the fare evasion which costs the transport agency an estimated $30m to $40m a year. The gates are based on a design deployed in Paris ...

  • Firenze tram (Photo Metro Report)
    Metro Report International

    Toscana trams and buses go contactless


    ITALY: Kuba has rolled out an open-loop fare payment system covering the Firenze tramway and bus services in Toscana, saying it is the largest deployment of its kind in Europe covering 273 cities and towns. The system which went live on March 28 is an extension ...

  • Alstom Foundation and Instituto Jô Clemente (IJC) launch project that uses Virtual Reality to promote mobility and social inclusion of people with disabilities
    Metro Report International

    Virtual reality to help people use public transport


    BRAZIL: The Alstom Foundation and Instituto Jô Clemente have launched a Virtual Reality for Inclusion initiative which aims to help people with disabilities overcome accessibility obstacles and use urban public transport safely. This will include people with cognitive disabilities, rare diseases and autistic spectrum disorders. Simulated ...

  • (Photo) LG Display Equips Korea’s New High-Speed Underground Railway with Transparent OLEDs
    Metro Report International

    Train windows become information screens


    SOUTH KOREA: An eight-car trainset operating on Seoul Great Train Express Line A has been equipped with 55 inch Transparent OLED displays which act as both windows and information screens. The 16 screens supplied by LG Display show varied content including route maps, while also functioning ...

  • Roma tram
    Metro Report International

    Asian tourists expected to benefit as Roma expands contactless fare payment options


    ITALY: Contactless cards issued by Japan’s JCB and China’s UnionPay and linked mobile devices can now be used to pay for travel on Roma’s transport network, building on the open loop payment system which was already available to holders of Mastercard, Visa and American Express cards. ...

  • Stockholm metro
    Metro Report International

    Stockholm metro traffic management systems to be renewed


    SWEDEN: Greater Stockholm transport administration SL has awarded Cactus Rail a €35m contract to replace the traffic management systems on the capital’s Red and Blue metro lines and provide 25 years of support. Cactus said the existing T-bana control systems were more than 50 years old ...

  • us Minneapolis Metro Blue Line LRV
    Metro Report International

    Cubic to upgrade ticketing in the Twin Cities


    USA: Metro Transit has awarded Cubic Transportation Systems a contract to upgrade the fare payment system in Minneapolis-St Paul to enable the use of contactless bank cards, Apple Pay and Google Pay. The existing Go-To smart card will be enhanced with an account management system. This ...

  • Moskva biometric ticketing (Photo Moskva Metro)
    Metro Report International

    Facial recognition ticketing to be expanded


    RUSSIA: Moskva Metro reports that 100 million trips have now been made using biometric payment, with the Russian-made system having ‘proven its utmost security and reliability’ and further deployment planned. Facial recognition cameras link a person to their payment option, removing the need for a ticket, ...

  • Orleans tram (Kuba, Shutterstock)
    Metro Report International

    Orléans open payment system goes live


    FRANCE: Orléans Métropole has launched an open payment ticketing system on its tram and bus services, deployed by its long-standing ticketing technology partner Kuba in partnership with La Banque Postale. Passengers can pay by physical or virtual bank card, smartphone or connected watch, with payment services ...

  • SJ Alstom X40 EMU (Photo SJ Stefan Nilsson)

    Swedish national ticketing product distribution system goes live


    SWEDEN: The Samtrafiken collaboration of transport operators has a launched a neutral ticketing communications platform based on the Open Sales & Distribution Model-Online standard with the aim of streamlining ticket sales and enhancing cross-selling opportunities.

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    Metro Report International

    Chicago Transit Authority launches first Innovation Studio challenges


    USA: Chicago Transit Authority has launched its Innovation Studio project to partner with the private sector to explore new ideas. In the first round, CTA is seeking proposals by April 15 which address: the automatic detection of people or large objects on railway tracks to ...