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North America News

MTS partners with INIT to deliver ABT system in San Diego, US 

January 18, 2019
The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) has announced plans to collaborate with INIT Innovations in Transportation Incorporated (INIT) to deliver an open-architecture, account-based ticketing (ABT) system.

New Flyer to supply articulated buses to NJ Transit, US 

January 17, 2019
New Jersey (NJ) Transit has awarded a contract to New Flyer of America Incorporated (New Flyer) for the supply of 85 18.3-metre (60-foot) articulated buses.

CTA selects Stantec as lead designer for RPM Phase One, US 

January 17, 2019
The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) has selected the Walsh-Fluor Design Build Team to provide engineering, design, and build services for Phase One of the Red and Purple Modernization (RPM) programme, with Stantec chosen as the lead designer.

WMATA seeks public input on FY2020 budget proposal, US 

January 16, 2019
The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) has invited public comment on its USD3.4 billion Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 budget proposal.

Latin America News

Transantiago deploys another 100 electric buses, Chile [free access]

January 21, 2019
Chile’s Ministry of Transport and Telecommunications (MTT) has deployed 100 electric buses of E12-type supplied by China-based Zhengzhou Yutong Bus Company Limited (Yutong Bus) in Santiago.

Test runs commence on Panama Metro Line 2 

January 15, 2019
Metro de Panama, the developer and operator of Panama Metro, has started test runs on the Corredor Sur-San Miguelito section of Line 2, which is scheduled to commence operations from January 18, 2019.

Mexico City Metro to develop a new line by 2024 

January 15, 2019
The national government of Mexico has announced plans to develop a new metro line of the Sistema de Transporte Colectivo (STC), public transport system of the Mexico City.

BYD to supply electric buses to Medellín, Colombia 

January 5, 2019
China-based BYD has secured a contract from Metroplús, the bus rapid transit (BRT) system of Medellín, to supply 64 K9G electric buses and 16 electric charge points.

Asia Pacific News

GCF to invest USD1 billion in Mytrah Mobility, India 

January 22, 2019
The Green Climate Fund (GCF) has announced plans to invest USD1 billion in India-based electric mobility solutions provider Mytrah Mobility.

Premier Transport Group commences electric bus trial in NSW; Sydney to conduct electric bus trials in July 2019 

January 22, 2019
Australia-based Premier Transport Group has commenced an electric bus trial for six months in New South Wales (NSW).

Lucknow to conduct electric bus trials in February 2019; launches bus-tracking app 

January 21, 2019
Lucknow City Transport Services Limited (LCTSL) has announced plans to conduct trials of electric buses on the Alambagh-Gomtinagar route in February 2019.

Almaty launches tenders to supply 200 low-floor Euro-5 gas buses [free access]

January 18, 2019
The city government of Almaty has launched tenders to procure 200 air-conditioned (AC) low-floor buses fuelled by gas.

Europe News

Voith acquires major stake in Pilotfish 

January 18, 2019
Germany-based Voith has acquired a 56 per cent share capital in Sweden-based Pilotfish, a cloud-based applications provider for public transport.

Mercedes Benz and Scania to supply buses in Emilia-Romagna region, Italy 

January 18, 2019
Trasporto Passeggeri Emilia-Romagna (TPER) has shortlisted Mercedes Benz and Scania for two separate contracts for bus rolling stock.

Romania’s MDRAP invites bids to procure 40 trams for Braila, Galati and Ploiesti [free access]

January 18, 2019
Romania’s Ministry of Regional Development and Public Administration (MDRAP) has invited bids in three lots to procure 40 trams for the cities of Brăila, Galați, and Ploiești.

Volvo to invest in Momentum Dynamics to develop wireless electric charging 

January 17, 2019
Volvo Group Venture Capital AB, a subsidiary of the Volvo Group, has announced plans to invest in US-based Momentum Dynamics to develop high-power-capacity charging (up to 300 KW) for the transportation and automotive sector, especially for autonomous, connected, and commercial electric vehicles.

Middle East & Africa News

EXIM China to finance Cairo LRT, Egypt 

January 18, 2019
The Export and Import Bank of China has signed a loan agreement with Egypt’s Ministry of Transport to provide a USD1.2 billion soft loan for the Greater Cairo light rail transit (LRT).

Dakar TER Phase I commences operations, Senegal 

January 16, 2019
The government of Senegal has launched operations on Phase I of Dakar Train Express Régional (TER).

Lagos to deploy 820 new buses from March 2019, Nigeria 

January 11, 2019
The state government of Lagos has announced plans to deploy 820 high and medium capacity buses in Lagos, starting from March 2019, under the Bus Reform Initiative (BRI) project.

Abu Dhabi DoT launches the Middle East’s first electric bus 

January 8, 2019
Abu Dhabi’s Department of Transport (DoT) has deployed the Middle East’s first electric bus for passenger services.