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North America News

Cubic and Google Pay to enable transit payments on Android phones 

October 14, 2019
Cubic Transportation Systems (CTS) and Google Pay have signed an agreement to enable contactless payments for Android users on systems that currently deploy automatic fare collection (AFC) systems supplied by CTS.

USDOT allocates funds for Virginia Street BRT extension project, US 

October 11, 2019
The United States Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has allocated a USD40.4 million grant for the development of the Virginia Street Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Extension project in Reno, Nevada.

COTA launches Connector mobile payment for buses 

October 10, 2019
The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) has launched a mobile application (app) called Connector to facilitate cashless payments for bus fares.

NJ Transit to identify partners to start TOD projects 

October 10, 2019
NJ Transit has announced plans to identify an experienced developer (private or joint venture) to implement transit-oriented development (TOD) projects on an agency-owned property adjacent to the River LINE light rail system.

Latin America News

Metrorrey awards contract for LRT fleet refurbishment, Mexico [free access]

October 14, 2019
Metrorrey, the operator of light rail transit (LRT) in Monterrey, has awarded a EUR40 million contract to a consortium of Germany-based Talbot Services GmbH, Prose AG, and Schaltbau Refurbishment GmbH for refurbishment of 24 40-year-old trains.

Volvo to supply 129 buses in Mexico City, Mexico 

October 11, 2019
Sweden-based Volvo Buses has secured a contract from Red de Transporte de Pasajeros (RTP)/ Passenger Transport Network to supply 129 B8R buses for public transportation in Mexico City.

BYD launches electric bus pilot in San Jose, Costa Rica 

October 10, 2019
China-based BYD has launched an electric bus pilot in partnership with BYD’s local dealership, the Office of the First Lady of the Republic, the Costa Rican Energy Institute (ICE), the National Force and Light Company (CNFL), and the University of Costa Rica (UCR) in the city of San Jose, Costa Rica.

Sao Paulo State signs loan with CAF for Monorail Line 17, Brazil 

October 7, 2019
The state government of São Paulo has signed a USD296 million loan agreement with Corporacion Andina de Fomento-Banco de Desarrollo de América Latina (CAF), development bank of Latin America, to complete the first section of the São Paulo Monorail Line 17 (Gold Line).

Asia Pacific News

QR-code based ticketing launched on BGC Bus, Philippines 

October 15, 2019
AF Payments, a consortium of Philippines-based Metro Pacific Investments Corporation and Ayala Corporation, in collaboration with GCash has launched quick response (QR) code-based ticketing on buses under the BGC Bus network in Metro Manila.

Tenders launched for supply and O&M of 550 electric buses at multiple locations in India [free access]

October 14, 2019
The Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation (RSRTC), Jaipur City Transport Services Limited, Ahmedabad Janmarg Limited (AJL), and Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Limited (DMRC) have launched tenders to supply as well as provide operations and maintenance (O&M) services for 550 air-conditioned electric buses to be deployed in Rajasthan, Ahmedabad and Delhi.

Colombo light rail construction tender to be launched in April 2020, Sri Lanka 

October 14, 2019
Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development has announced plans to launch a tender to construct a light rail line in Colombo in April 2020.

Taiwan government to invest USD972.4 million in electric buses 

October 13, 2019
Taiwan’s Ministry of Transportation and Communications has announced plans to invest USD972.4 million (TWD30 billion) to deploy an all-electric bus fleet in the country by 2030.

Europe News

DB launches autonomous shuttle service in Bad Birnbach, Germany 

October 14, 2019
Deutsche Bahn’s (DB’s) autonomous vehicle subsidiary, Ioki, and its local bus operator, Regionalbus Ostbayern, have launched an autonomous shuttle service in the municipality of Bad Birnbach to provide connections from the town centre to its train station.

TfL launches public consultation on London Underground’s Bakerloo Line extension, UK 

October 14, 2019
Transport for London (TfL) has invited the public to consult on the detailed proposal for the extension of London Underground’s Bakerloo Line, from Elephant & Castle to Lewisham.

Greater Manchester invites public consultation on bus franchising scheme, UK 

October 14, 2019
The Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) has invited the public to consult on its bus franchising plans to coordinate the routes, timetables, fares, and standards of the network.

Funding agreement signed to upgrade Sofia’s public transport fleet, Bulgaria 

October 14, 2019
Bulgaria’s Minister of the Environment and Water Resources, the Sofia Electric Transport EAD, and Sofia Auto Transport EAD have signed three funding contracts of total worth BGN218 million under the European Union’s Operational Program Environment (OPE) 2014–2020 programme for the deployment of eco-friendly trams, buses and trolleybuses in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Middle East & Africa News

Abu Dhabi minibus fleet expanded, UAE 

October 13, 2019
A fleet of 40 minibuses equipped with Euro-6 emission standard engines has been deployed in Abu Dhabi.

Cisco to supply technology for detecting fare evasion on buses in Dubai, UAE 

October 11, 2019
US-based Cisco has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) to supply technology to detect fare evasion on buses in Dubai.

Mauritius LRT Phase 1 opens 

October 4, 2019
India-based Larsen & Toubro (L&T) has announced the inauguration of Phase 1 of the Metro Express, the light rail transit (LRT) system of Mauritius.

KEXIM grants loan for Addis Ababa BRT, Ethiopia 

September 26, 2019
The Export-Import Bank of Korea (Exim Bank) has signed a USD63 million loan agreement with Ethiopia for the construction of a 11.05-km long bus rapid transit (BRT) corridor in Addis Ababa, connecting Torhailoch Square with Addis Ababa Bole Airport.