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North America News

New Flyer MCI to supply commuter coaches in Georgia, US 

September 17, 2018
Motor Coach Industries (MCI), a United States subsidiary of New Flyers Industries Group, has secured a contract from the State of Georgia for its MCI D4500 and D45 CRT LE commuter coaches.

MDOT MTA awards grants to five innovative public transportation projects, US 

September 14, 2018
The Maryland Department of Transportation’s Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) has awarded USD515,377 in five Statewide Transit Innovation Grants (STIG) to Baltimore city and Cecil, Charles, Howard and Queen Anne’s counties for projects aimed at improving transit services in the region.

BYD delivers first electric bus for IndyGo Red Line BRT, US 

September 14, 2018
Build Your Dreams (BYD) has delivered the first of 13 battery-electric buses to the Indianapolis Public Transportation Corporation (IndyGo) for service on the Red Line bus rapid transit (BRT) corridor.

Dallas-Houston HSR secures Japanese loan, US [free access]

September 14, 2018
Texas Central Partners (TCP) LLC has secured a USD300-million loan from Japanese sources to conduct engineering works for the high-speed rail (HSR) line from Dallas to Houston.

Latin America News

TCE Bahia suspends VLT Salvador PPP contract, Brazil 

September 14, 2018
Bahia’s Court of Accounts/Tribunal de Conta do Estado da Bahia (TCE) has suspended the BRL1.5 billion public private partnership (PPP) contract awarded to the Skyrail Bahia consortium in May 2018 for the construction and operations of light rail transit (LRT) system/Veículo Leve sobre Trilhos (VLT) in Bahia.

Santiago Metro deploys first locally assembled train on Line 2 

September 14, 2018
Empresa de Transporte de Pasajeros Metro SA (Metro SA), the developer and operator of Santiago Metro, has deployed the first of 35 seven-car NS 16 trains on Line 2.

Panama Metro invites bids for Line 3 (monorail) construction 

September 13, 2018
Metro de Panamá SA, the developer and operator of the Panama Metro, has invited bids from seven shortlisted companies/consortia to design, construct and commission Line 3, which is to be developed as a monorail.

CAF starts delivery of trains for Quito Metro Line 1, Ecuador 

September 7, 2018
Spain-based Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles (CAF) has delivered the first six-car train to Metro de Quito, the developer of Quito Metro Line 1.

Asia Pacific News

CAF subsidiary to supply control and traction systems for Jabodebek LRT, Indonesia 

September 18, 2018
CAF Power & Automation, a subsidiary of the Spain-based Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles (CAF), has secured a EUR50-million contract from Industri Kereta Api (PT INKA) to supply train control and traction systems for the 31 six-car driverless trains to be deployed on the Jakarta-Bogor-Depok-Bekasi (Jabodebek) light rail transit (LRT) system in the Greater Jakarta region, Indonesia.

Hyundai Rotem to supply 48 electric trains for Busan Urban Railway No. 1, South Korea 

September 17, 2018
South Korea-based Hyundai Rotem has secured a KRW55.6-billion contract from the Busan Transport Corporation to supply 48 electric trains for Busan Urban Railway No. 1 by 2020.

Taichung MRT Blue Line approved; Green Line to open by 2020, Taiwan 

September 17, 2018
The city government of Taichung has approved the plan to develop Blue Line of the Taichung mass rapid transit (MRT) system at an estimated investment of TWD98.149 billion.

Delhi Metro launches QR code-based mobile ticketing, India 

September 17, 2018
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has launched a quick response (QR) code- based mobile ticketing system using the Ridlr application (app) on the Airport Express Line of the Delhi Metro.

Europe News

Regional government to replace 200 Euro-6 buses in Turin, Italy 

September 14, 2018
The Regional Council of Piedmont has allocated EUR24 million to replace 200 buses fuelled by compressed natural gas (CNG), liquefied natural gas (LNG) or diesel in ​​Turin.

France to develop five new HSR lines [free access]

September 14, 2018
France’s Ministry of Transport has approved the development of five new high speed rail (HSR) lines at an investment of EUR13.5 billion.

EC to finance Bucharest Metro Line M6 

September 14, 2018
Romania's Ministry of Transport has received approval from the European Commission (EC) to secure EUR1.39 billion in financing for the construction of Bucharest Metro Line M6.

Attiko Metro shortlists three consortia for Athens Metro Line 4 Section A 

September 13, 2018
Attiko Metro, the operator of Athens Metro, has shortlisted three consortia to develop Section A of Line 4.

Middle East & Africa News

RATP Dev-SAPTCO JV secures O&M contract of Riyadh Metro Line 1 and 2 

September 18, 2018
Capital Metro Company (CAMCO), a joint venture of France-based RATP Dev (80 per cent) and Saudi Arabia Public Transport Company (SAPTCO, 20 per cent), has secured a SAR8.53-billion contract for operations and maintenance (O&M) of Riyadh Metro Lines 1 and 2.

BYD to supply electric buses in Jerusalem, Israel 

September 6, 2018
China-based Build Your Dreams (BYD) has secured a contract from Egged, public bus operator in Israel, to supply seven, 12-metre long air-conditioned buses for service in Jerusalem.

Bahrain LRT to be developed as PPP; construction tender in Q4 2019 

August 30, 2018
The Ministry of Transport and Telecommunications of Bahrain has announced plans to launch the construction tender for Phase 1 of Bahrain light rail transit (LRT) system in the fourth quarter of 2019 and the transaction advisor tender in the second half of 2018.

Hyundai Rotem to supply trains for Cairo Metro Line 3, Egypt 

August 27, 2018
The Ministry of Investment and International Co-operation of Egypt has signed an agreement with Hyundai Rotem to supply 32 trains for Cairo Metro Line 3 Phases III and IV.