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North America News


Construction contracts awarded for IndyGo Red Line BRT, US [free access]

December 12, 2017
IndyGo (Indianapolis Public Transportation Corporation), has awarded two construction contracts of total value USD46 million for the Red Line bus rapid transit (BRT) system.

New Flyer to supply electric buses to SunLine Transit Agency, US 

December 12, 2017
New Flyer New Flyer Industries Incorporated (New Flyer) has secured a contract to supply five Xcelsior fuel-cell electric buses of length 12.19 metres (40 feet) to the SunLine Transit Agency, a bus operator in the Riverside County, California.

CTA shortlists companies for RPM design-build contract 

December 11, 2017
The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) has shortlisted three companies for the design-build contract of the Red and Purple modernisation (RPM) programme Phase I.

Delerrok to deploy electronic ticketing on Wichita Falls buses, United States 

December 8, 2017
Delerrok Incorporated has secured a USD141,721.50 contract to deploy electronic ticketing on buses in the City of Wichita Falls.



Latin America News


Mexibús and Mexicable to integrate fare systems, Mexico 

December 7, 2017
The State of Mexico has launched a single contactless smartcard for Mexibús, the bus rapid transit (BRT) system in the suburbs of Mexico City, and Mexicable, the cable car system in San Andrés de la Cañada.

Mexico Metro launches AT&T Wi-Fi services on Line 7 

December 4, 2017
Sistema de Transporte Colectivo (STC) Metro, Mexico City's subway, has launched free Wi-Fi and 4G LTE network services on Line 7.

Costa Rica launches Hybrid’s hydrogen-fuel cell bus pilot operation 

December 4, 2017
Costa Rica has started pilot operations of a fuel cell bus (NYUTI) supplied by U.S.-based Hybrid Corporation.

Lima Metro Line 1 receives first new train from Alstom, Peru 

December 1, 2017
Alstom has delivered the first Metropolis train for Line 1 of the Lima Metro.



Asia Pacific News


Qingdao Metro Line 2 commences passenger services, China 

December 11, 2017
Passenger services have commenced on the first section of Qingdao Metro Line 2, which spans 20.4 km from Licun Gongyuan to Zhiquanlu, covering 18 stations.

Samsung launches NFC-based mobile wallet for Octopus, Hong Kong 

December 11, 2017
Samsung Electronics Hong Company Limited (Samsung) has partnered with Octopus Cards Limited (OCL) to launch the “Smart Octopus" feature based on near-field communication (NFC) technology on the Samsung Pay mobile wallet in December 2017.

Jakarta to invest in Jabodebek LRT, launch integrated ticketing, Indonesia 

December 11, 2017
The city government of Jakarta has revised the budget for development of light rail transit (LRT) systems in the Greater Jakarta region from IDR31 trillion to IDR29.9 trillion.

Gurugram to launch integrated ticketing and procure buses in 2018, India 

December 10, 2017
The Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) has announced plans to launch a common payment card for travel buses and metro, retail purchases, restaurants and parking by March 2018.



Europe News


Luxtram Section 1 commences passenger services, Luxembourg 

December 11, 2017
Passenger services have commenced on first section of Luxtram, which connects Luxexpo to the Pont Rouge and covers eight stations (including two interchanges).

Ebensfeld-Erfurt section of Berlin-Munich HSR commences passenger services, Germany [free access]

December 10, 2017
Deutsche Bahn (DB) has commenced passenger services on the new high-speed railway (HSR) line section between Erfurt (in Thuringia) and Ebensfeld (in Bavaria), which is the final part of the Berlin-Munich HSR line.

Hyundai Rotem to supply 120 railcars for Istanbul Metro, Turkey 

December 10, 2017
South Korea-based Hyundai Rotem has signed a USD143-million contract with Istanbul Metro to supply 120 cars for upcoming lines M7 and Dudullu-Bostanci.

Green Line Cross City extension of Luas LRT commences passenger services, Ireland 

December 9, 2017
Ireland's National Transit Authority (NTA) has begun passenger services on Green Line Cross City extension of the Luas light rail transit (LRT) system in Dublin.



Middle East & Africa News


Taisei-Orascom JV sole bidder for Cairo Metro Line 4 Phase I, Egypt 

December 8, 2017
Egypt’s National Authority for Tunnels (NAT) has completed the technical evaluation of the first civil works bid package for Phase I of Cairo Metro Line 4.

RKH Qitarat JV to operate Doha Metro and Lusail Light Rail, Qatar [free access]

December 8, 2017
RKH Qitarat, a consortium of French companies (49 per cent) RATP Dev and Keolis as well as Qatar-based Hamad Group (51 per cent), has secured a EUR3-billion contract to operate and maintain the Doha Metro and Lusail Light Rail systems for 20 years.

Alstom to develop urban rail in Baghdad and Basra, Iraq 

December 8, 2017
France-based Alstom has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Government of Iraq for the development of urban rail transit systems in Baghdad and Basra.

CCECC to construct Ibadan LRT PPP by end-2019, Nigeria 

December 1, 2017
The Oyo state government has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the China Civil Engineering Construction Company (CCECC) for the construction of a 38-km long light-rail transit (LRT) system in Ibadan.