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FTA announces USD85 million funding opportunity for technologically advanced buses 

March 18, 2019
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has announced an opportunity for applicants including public transit agencies and state transportation departments to apply for up to USD85 million in competitive grant funds through the Low or No Emission (Low-No) Bus Program.

BART approves agency’s largest contract to replace escalators, US 

March 15, 2019
The Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Board of Directors has approved a USD96.5 million contract to replace several of the system’s most heavily used escalators.

Edmonton secures CAD2.2 billion in funding for LRT extensions, Canada 

March 14, 2019
The city of Edmonton has secured a combined funding of around CAD2.2 billion from the federal and provincial governments for the Valley Line West and Metro Line Northwest light rail transit (LRT) extension projects.

DART and Uber collaborate to offer new transit options, US 

March 14, 2019
Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) has announced plans to collaborate with Uber for a one-year-long pilot programme that aims to offer greater connectivity and more transit options for commuters.



Latin America News


CDRC submits Panama City–David HSR feasibility study, Panama 

March 15, 2019
The China Railway Design Corporation (CDRC) has submitted a feasibility study to the Government of Panama to develop a high speed rail (HSR) line connecting Panama City and David.

Mexico City to invest MXN30 billion in public transit by 2025, Mexico 

March 13, 2019
The city government of Mexico City has announced plans to invest MXN30 billion during 2019–2025 to expand the public transport network in the city.

Six bids received for Asunción–Ypacaraí commuter rail section DBFOM, Paraguay 

March 13, 2019
Paraguay’s Ministry of Public Works and Communications/ Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Comunicaciones (MOPC) has received bids from five consortia and one company to develop the Asunción–Luque section of a commuter rail line connecting Asunción and Ypacaraí on a design, build, finance operate, and maintain (DBFOM) basis.

Volvo Buses Mexico to supply 70 diesel buses in Mexico City, Mexico 

March 8, 2019
Volvo Buses Mexico has secured a MXN4.56 million contract from the city government of Mexico City to supply 70 low-entry buses fuelled by diesel.



Asia Pacific News


Mumbai–Ahmedabad HSR construction tender launched, India 

March 15, 2019
The National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL) has invited bids to design and construct a 237-km-long section of the Mumbai–Ahmedabad high speed rail (HSR) line.

Saft to supply on-board battery systems for Chengdu Metro rolling stock, China 

March 14, 2019
France-based Saft has secured a contract from CRRC to supply 434 units of an on-board battery system for 130 trains of Chengdu Metro Lines 5, 8, and 9.

Jakarta MRT Phase I trial operations commence, Indonesia 

March 13, 2019
PT Mass Rapid Transit Jakarta (PT MRT Jakarta) has commenced trial operations on Jakarta mass rapid transit (MRT) Phase I.

Ideanomics signs sales agreement on purchase of electric buses in Malaysia [free access]

March 13, 2019
US-based Ideanomics, a global fintech company, has entered into an exclusive sales agreement with the Government of Malaysia through its subsidiary, Tree Motion Sdn. Bhd, for the purchase of electric buses.



Europe News


Skoda Electric and Proton Power to jointly develop hydrogen buses 

March 18, 2019
UK-based Proton Power Systems and Czech Republic-based Škoda Electric have signed a letter of intent (LoI) to jointly develop, sell, and service fuel cell electric buses using Proton’s modular ‘HyRange’ systems.

Freiburg Tramway extension opens, Germany 

March 16, 2019
Freiburger Verkehrs AG (VAG) has commenced passenger services on the 1.9-km long extension Freiburg Tramway in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany.

Edinburgh Tram extension approved; to open by 2023, UK 

March 14, 2019
The City of Edinburgh Council has given the final approval to the extension of Edinburgh Tram Line 1a (York Place–Newhaven).

Bologna to develop tramway system; first line in service by 2026 [free access]

March 13, 2019
The city of Bologna has announced plans to build a four-line tram network.



Middle East & Africa News


Passenger services commence on Tehran Metro Line 7 section, Iran 

March 16, 2019
Passenger services have commenced on the 7.5-km-long section of Tehran Metro Line 7.

Qatar to integrate public transport ticketing by 2020 

March 13, 2019
Qatar-based Gulf Business Machines Qatar (GBM) and Singapore-based MSI Global have secured a contract from Qatar’s Ministry of Transport and Communication (MoTC) to supply and operate an integrated ticketing system for public transport.

Nairobi Commuter Rail to procure 11 DMUs, Kenya 

March 6, 2019
Serveis Ferroviaris de Mallorca (SFM) has signed a USD15million agreement with Kenya’s Ministry of Transport to supply 11 used diesel multiple units (DMUs), five coaches, and spare parts in Kenya.

Eberspaecher to supply air-conditioning system for electric buses in Israel 

March 6, 2019
Germany-based Eberspaecher has announced plans to install air-conditioning systems on over 40 electric buses in Israel.