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CARB to convert its entire bus fleet to zero-emission vehicles by 2035 [free access]

July 8, 2019
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has approved a regulation to convert its fixed-route airport shuttle buses to 100 per cent zero-emission vehicles by 2035.

BYD’s manufacturing plant opens in Ontario, Canada 

July 5, 2019
China-based BYD has opened an electric bus manufacturing plant in Ontario.

Montreal Blue Line extension secures federal funding, Canada 

July 5, 2019
The Government of Canada has announced that it will allocate CAD1.3 billion (USD1 billion) for the development of the Montréal Metro Blue line extension under its Investing in Canada Infrastructure Plan.

RfI issued for possible transit options connecting several west Santa Clara Valley cities, US 

July 2, 2019
The City of San Jose, the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA), the San Jose Department of Transportation (DOT), and the cities of Cupertino and Santa Clara have issued a request for information (RfI) to explore potential transit options to connect the Mineta San José International Airport (SJC), Diridon Transit Station, and several cities in west Santa Clara Valley.



Latin America News


ABC Paulista BRT announced, Brazil 

July 3, 2019
The state government of São Paulo has announced plans to construct a bus rapid transit (BRT) system connecting Santo André, São Bernardo do Campo, and São Caetano do Sul.

Brazil government launches plan to finance urban rail systems [free access]

July 3, 2019
The Government of Brazil has launched a programme to finance the procurement and renewal of urban rail systems such as rolling stock, signalling, telecommunication, and control systems in the country under the programme named Programa de Renovação de Frota de Transporte Público Coletivo Urbano de Passageiros sobre Trilhos (RETREM).

Study of transportation systems in Santiago, Chile 

July 1, 2019
Bids are invited to conduct a study for planning, operations, management and development of transport systems in Santiago.

Costa Rica’s National Bank to fund hybrid buses for San Jose 

June 25, 2019
The National Bank of Costa Rica/Banco Nacional de Costa Rica has announced plans to provide a CRC183.61 million loan for the procurement of two diesel–electric hybrid buses.



Asia Pacific News


Lhasa deploys 80 hybrid-electric buses, China 

July 6, 2019
A fleet of 80 hybrid-electric buses has been deployed by Lhasa City Bus Operation Company Limited, a bus operator based in Lhasa, the capital of Tibet Autonomous Region.

Funds allocated for urban rail in Budget 2019–20, India 

July 6, 2019
The Government of India in its budget for fiscal year FY 2019–20 has allocated INR195.12 billion for the development and expansion of mass rapid transit systems (MRTS).

HCNG bus trials to be conducted in Delhi, India 

July 6, 2019
A fleet of 50 buses fuelled by compressed natural gas (CNG) and retrofitted with hydrogen-enriched compressed natural gas (HCNG) technology is expected to undergo a six-month-long trial in Delhi. T

Alstom to supply traction system for Xi’an Metro Line 5, China 

July 5, 2019
France-based Alstom has secured contracts worth EUR42 million to supply the traction system for Xi’an Metro Line 5 Phases 1 and 2.



Europe News


EIB to finance rolling stock procurement in Plzen, Czech Republic 

July 9, 2019
The European Investment Bank (EIB) has signed a EUR50 million loan agreement with Plzeň transport operator PMDP to finance the procurement of 34 trams and 34 trolleybuses.

Two design contracts signed for Rail Baltica, Latvian 

July 9, 2019
RB Rail has signed two contracts worth EUR25 million for the 123-km section of Rail Baltica in Latvia.

Transdev to operate public bus network in Gothenburg for 10 years, Sweden 

July 8, 2019
Västtrafik, the public transport provider in the Västra Götaland region, has selected Transdev as the public transport bus operator for Gothenburg.

Germany funds electric bus procurement in five cities 

July 8, 2019
Germany’s Federal Ministry for the Environment (BMU) has announced EUR14.3 million in grants for five German cities, namely Aachen, Bochum, Gelsenkirchen, Duisburg, and Offenbach am Main, to procure around 70 electric buses.



Middle East & Africa News


Alexandria deploys electric bus, Egypt 

July 2, 2019
An electric bus supplied by China-based BYD has been deployed in Alexandria, Egypt.

Three RfPs shortlisted for Bahrain LRT Phase 1 transaction advisory services, Bahrain [free access]

July 2, 2019
Bahrain’s Ministry of Transportation and Telecommunication (MTT) has shortlisted three requests for proposals (RfPs) to provide transaction advisory services for the Bahrain Metro Rail project.

World Bank to fund Abidjan Urban Mobility Project, Cote d' Ivoire 

July 1, 2019
The World Bank has approved a USD300 million loan for the Abidjan Urban Mobility Project.

Amman launches bus pilot; to buy 151 buses 

June 30, 2019
The municipal government of Amman has commenced a pilot project to operate 52 large-capacity buses and 83 medium-capacity buses under Phase 1 of the Amman Bus Project.