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EYIA suggest DBFOM model for HART in P3 Analysis, US 

May 19, 2018
Ernst & Young Infrastructure Advisors (EYIA) has recommended a design-build-finance-operate-maintain (DBFOM) model to the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) for the construction of the remaining Honolulu Rail Transit Project (HRTP) and operations of the full HRTP system under the a Public-Private Partnership (P3) Commercial Viability Analysis (P3 Analysis) .

Brightline extends passenger services to Miami, US 

May 19, 2018
Passenger services have commenced on Phase II (Fort Lauderdale to-Miami Central) of Brightline, Florida’s high-speed rail (HSR) system.

INIT to implement electronic fare management system in Nashville, US 

May 16, 2018
INIT Innovations in Transportation Incorporated (INIT) has secured a contract from Nashville Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) to design, deliver and install the next generation fare system (NGFS), which comprises a mobile ticketing application (app) from Bytemark and an account-based electronic fare and back-office revenue management system from INIT.

San Diego MTS to purchase New Flyer’s electric buses for bus pilot programme, US 

May 11, 2018
San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) has approved the purchase of six 12.12-metre (40-foot) long electric buses from New Flyer and options to purchase nine depot chargers, at a total investment of USD6 million.

Latin America

Alstom to supply signalling system for San Martín commuter rail line, Argentina 

May 16, 2018
France-based Alstom has secured a EUR5-million contract from the consortium of Green SA, Rottio SA, and VFE to supply interlocking signalling system for a 5-km section of San Martín line of the Buenos Aires commuter rail network.

SMTC- Artelia consortium to monitor Cuenca Tram construction works, Ecuador [free access]

May 14, 2018
The City of Cuenca has signed a EUR3.08-million contract with a consortium of SMTC and Artelia Ville & Transport (Artelia) to monitor the construction works of Cuenca Tram that started in December 2017

Metro de Fortaleza receives one proposal for Line East Phase I, Brazil 

May 11, 2018
Secretaria da Infraestrutura do Estado do Ceará (SEINFRA), the developer of Fortaleza Metro, has received one proposal from a consortium of Brazil-based Ferreira Guedes and Spain-based Sacyr for development of Line East Phase I.

Odebrecht to develop Belém BRT BR-316 corridor, Brazil 

May 7, 2018
Brazil-based Odebrecht Engenharia e Construção has secured a BRL384.6-million contract from the City of Belém to develop the BR-316 corridor of Belém bus rapid transit (BRT) system.

Asia Pacific

Fobos-TS to supply trams to Metroelectrotrans Kazan, Russia 

May 22, 2018
Russia-based Fobos-TS has secured a RUB340-million contract from the public transport authority of Kazan, Metroelectrotrans, to supply 20 Uraltransmash 71-407 electric trams by August 2018.

Power Grid to set up facility for EV charging at Hyderabad Metro stations 

May 20, 2018
Larsen & Toubro Limited Metro Rail Hyderabad (L&TMRH) Limited has signed an agreement with the Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (Power Grid) to install electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at all the 59 elevated metro stations of Hyderabad Metro.

Tencent launhces QR code-based mobile ticketing on Shenzhen Metro 

May 19, 2018
China-based internet services and products provider Tencent Holdings Limited (Tencent) has launched QR-code based mobile ticketing using its WeChat Pay mobile application on the Shenzhen Metro.

Bombardier installs software solution to provide passenger load information on DTL, Singapore 

May 16, 2018
Bombardier Transportation has installed a new software solution on the Singapore Downtown Line’s (DTL) existing train control monitoring system (TCMS) to enhance operational efficiency by displaying real-time passenger load information on liquid-crystal display (LCD) screens at station platforms.


Volvo to supply electric buses to Opplandstrafikk, Norway 

May 22, 2018
Volvo has secured a contract from Opplandstrafikk, the public transport authority in Oppland, to supply two electric buses by the second quarter of 2019.

DB to design Prague-Dresden HSR tunnel 

May 17, 2018
Deutsche Bahn (DB) has secured a contract from the Ministry of Transport of the Czech Republic to design the 26-km Prague (Czech Republic)-Dresden (Germany) high speed rail (HSR) rail tunnel.

Weichai and Ceres Power collaborate to provide fuel cell range extender system for electric buses in China [free access]

May 17, 2018
China-based Weichai Power (Weichai) and UK-based fuel cell technology developer Ceres Power have entered into a strategic partnership to jointly develop 30kW fuel cell range extender system based on solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) technology for electric buses deployed in China.

Durmazlar to supply trams for Olsztyn Tramway, Poland 

May 16, 2018
Turkey-based Durmazlar has secured a PLN107.9-million contract to supply 12 trams for the Olsztyn’s tram network, with an option to supply an additional 12 trams for an additional value of PLN98.3 million.

Middle East & Africa

Haramain HSR to commence partial operations in September 2018; full operations in 2019 

May 17, 2018
Saudi Railways Organisation (SRO), the company responsible for the development of Haramain high speed rail (HSR), has announced that full scale operations on the Haramain HSR are expected to commence in September 2019.

KGL Passenger Transport Services renews contract with Sharjah RTA, UAE 

May 14, 2018
KGL Passenger Transport Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of Kuwait and Gulf Link Transport Company (KGL), has renewed its contract with Sharjah’s Road and Transport Authority (RTA) to operate and maintain the public bus system in Sharjah City.

Dubai RTA signs three agreements to procure 316 buses 

April 25, 2018
Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has signed three agreements with Sweden-based Volvo, Germany-based MAN, and UK-based Optare to supply 143 coaches, 79 double-decker buses and 94 mini buses, respectively

Qatar Rail signs three key agreements for Doha Metro and Lusail Tram 

April 24, 2018
Qatar Rail (QR), the developer of Doha Metro and Lusail Tram, has signed three key agreements with Qatar Insurance Company (QIC), Qatar National Bank (QNB), and Qatar-based Ooredoo.