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North America News


EYIA suggest DBFOM model for HART in P3 Analysis, US [free access]

May 19, 2018
Ernst & Young Infrastructure Advisors (EYIA) has recommended a design-build-finance-operate-maintain (DBFOM) model to the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) for the construction of the remaining Honolulu Rail Transit Project (HRTP) and operations of the full HRTP system under the a Public-Private Partnership (P3) Commercial Viability Analysis (P3 Analysis) .

Brightline extends passenger services to Miami, US 

May 19, 2018
Passenger services have commenced on Phase II (Fort Lauderdale to-Miami Central) of Brightline, Florida’s high-speed rail (HSR) system.

Minnesota‘s Southwest LRT cost escalates, US 

May 18, 2018
The Metropolitan Council (Metro Council) of Minnesota has announced an increase in the cost of the METRO Green Line light rail transit (LRT) extension (Southwest LRT) from USD1.858 billion to USD2.003 billion.

NJ Transit pilots new fare collection technology 

May 18, 2018
New Jersey (NJ) Transit has launched a pilot programme, under which train crews will use handheld mobile devices to scan and validate tickets.



Latin America News


Alstom to supply signalling system for San Martín commuter rail line, Argentina 

May 16, 2018
France-based Alstom has secured a EUR5-million contract from the consortium of Green SA, Rottio SA, and VFE to supply interlocking signalling system for a 5-km section of San Martín line of the Buenos Aires commuter rail network.

Buenos Aires to develop four new BRT corridors 

May 16, 2018
The governments of Argentina and Buenos Aires have announced plans to develop four bus rapid transit (BRT) corridors spanning 34.8 km in the metropolitan area of Buenos Aires at an estimated investment of ARS4.5-billion.

SMTC- Artelia consortium to monitor Cuenca Tram construction works, Ecuador 

May 14, 2018
The City of Cuenca has signed a EUR3.08-million contract with a consortium of SMTC and Artelia Ville & Transport (Artelia) to monitor the construction works of Cuenca Tram that started in December 2017

São Paulo launches PMI for Radial Leste BRT 

May 14, 2018
The City of São Paulo has launched Procedimento de Manifestação de Interesse (PMI) to prepare detailed project proposals for the development, operations and maintenance of the Radial Leste bus rapid transit (BRT).



Asia Pacific News


DMRC to pilot smartcard vending machines on Delhi Metro Magenta Line 

May 21, 2018
Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has announced plans to pilot smartcard vending machines on three stations of the Delhi Metro Magenta Line (Line 8) namely Botanical Garden, Janakpuri West and Terminal 1-Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGI).

South Korea to fully electrify bus fleet by 2030, install charging stations on a PPP basis [free access]

May 20, 2018
The government of South Korea has announced plans to fully electrify its bus and truck fleet by 2030. The new fleet is expected to comprise both battery-electric and fuel-cell buses.

Power Grid to set up facility for EV charging at Hyderabad Metro stations 

May 20, 2018
Larsen & Toubro Limited Metro Rail Hyderabad (L&TMRH) Limited has signed an agreement with the Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (Power Grid) to install electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at all the 59 elevated metro stations of Hyderabad Metro.

Tencent launhces QR code-based mobile ticketing on Shenzhen Metro 

May 19, 2018
China-based internet services and products provider Tencent Holdings Limited (Tencent) has launched QR-code based mobile ticketing using its WeChat Pay mobile application on the Shenzhen Metro.



Europe News


Volvo to supply electric buses to Opplandstrafikk, Norway 

May 22, 2018
Volvo has secured a contract from Opplandstrafikk, the public transport authority in Oppland, to supply two electric buses by the second quarter of 2019.

Fobos-TS to supply trams to Metroelectrotrans Kazan, Russia 

May 22, 2018
Russia-based Fobos-TS has secured a RUB340-million contract from the public transport authority of Kazan, Metroelectrotrans, to supply 20 Uraltransmash 71-407 electric trams by August 2018.

Skoda fully acquires Transtech Finland 

May 21, 2018
Czech Republic-based Skoda Transportation has signed an agreement with Finland-based Sinituote Oy to fully acquire its subsidiary Transtech Finland, for an undisclosed amount.

DPP invites bids to deploy AFC on Prazske Tramvaje, Czech Republic [free access]

May 18, 2018
Prague Public Transit Company/Dopravní Podnik hlavního města Prahy (DPP) has invited bids to supply 920 ticket vending machines for Prague Trams/Pražské Tramvaje and operate them for four years.



Middle East & Africa News


Haramain HSR to commence partial operations in September 2018; full operations in 2019 

May 17, 2018
Saudi Railways Organisation (SRO), the company responsible for the development of Haramain high speed rail (HSR), has announced that full scale operations on the Haramain HSR are expected to commence in September 2019.

KGL Passenger Transport Services renews contract with Sharjah RTA, UAE 

May 14, 2018
KGL Passenger Transport Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of Kuwait and Gulf Link Transport Company (KGL), has renewed its contract with Sharjah’s Road and Transport Authority (RTA) to operate and maintain the public bus system in Sharjah City.

Passenger service starts on Sétif Tramway, Algeria 

May 9, 2018
The Ministry of Public Works and Transport of Algeria and Entreprise Métro d'Alger have commenced passenger services on the Sétif Tramway Line 1, which spans 15.2 km from Berchi Abid to the 11 Décembre 1960, covering 26 stations.

Passenger service starts on Mashhad Metro Line 2 extension 

May 9, 2018
Mashhad Urban Railway Operation Company (MUROC) has started passenger services on the Line 2 extension