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North America News

STL launches electric bus in Quebec, Canada [free access]

August 16, 2019
Société de transport de Laval (STL) has introduced a fully electric bus to be used for testing purposes on Quebec’s first fully electric bus line, which is planned to be launched in 2020.

FRA announces funding opportunity for rail infrastructure and safety projects, US 

August 16, 2019
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has issued a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) Program.

Natural Resources Canada to fund bus charging infrastructure for Newmarket, Canada 

August 15, 2019
Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), under its Green Infrastructure Program (GIP), has announced plans to provide CAD956,338in funding to Newmarket-Tay Power Distribution Limited (Newmarket-Tay Power) to support the overhead charging system for transit electrification.

Kiewit–Parsons to build Los Angeles Gold Line LRT Foothill extension, US 

August 15, 2019
The Kiewit–Parsons joint venture (JV) has secured a USD805.6 million contract to design and construct the first 14.5 km of the 19.8-km-long Foothill extension of the Los Angeles Gold Line light rail transit (LRT), from Glendora to Pomona.

Latin America News

Volvo to supply 10 buses for Metrobús Line 1, Mexico 

August 19, 2019
Sweden-based Volvo Buses has secured a contract from Corredor Insurgentes SA (CISA), the operator of Line 1 of Mexico City’s bus rapid transit (BRT) system Metrobús, to supply 10 bi-articulated buses for the line.

Mitsui-led consortium acquires majority stake in SuperVia, Brazil 

August 16, 2019
The consortium of Mitsui& Company Limited, West Japan Railway, andthe public–private fund Join has acquired an 88.7 per cent stake in SuperVia, a commuter rail operator in Rio de Janeiro, to improve its performance.

Regiotram de Occidente concession tender launched, Colombia 

August 15, 2019
Colombia’s Ministry of Transport has launched a tender for the concession of the Regiotram de Occidente project, a light rail transit (LRT) project, to connect Bogotá with the municipalities of the Sabana de Occidente region.

Electric bus pilot begins in Panama City, Panama 

August 13, 2019
MiBus, the public bus operator in Panama City, has deployed two K9 electric buses supplied by China-based BYD in its transportation network under the six-month-long electric bus pilot agreement signed in April 2019.

Asia Pacific News

KEC International secures contracts for urban rail projects in India [free access]

August 20, 2019
India-based KEC International has secured two contracts for the Delhi–Meerut regional rapid transit system (RRTS) and the Kochi Metro Phase 1A projects.

Alstom Transport Australia selected as preferred proponent for METRONET Railcar Program, Australia 

August 18, 2019
Alstom Transport Australia has been selected as the preferred proponent for Perth’s METRONET Railcar Program.

Colombo LRT construction begins, Sri Lanka 

August 17, 2019
The construction of a light rail line connecting Malabe and Colombo, Colombo District has commenced.

Pune Metro rolling stock contract awarded, India 

August 16, 2019
A consortium led by India-based Titagarh Wagons has secured a contract from Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation Limited (MAHA-METRO).

Europe News

Construction work begins on Sheremetyevo Airport Rail Link extension, Russia 

August 19, 2019
Russian Railway has begun construction work on the Sheremetyevo Airport Rail Link extension, which will connect Sheremetyevo Airport’s Northern Terminal Complex with terminals B and C.

Solaris to supply electric buses in Italy and Poland [free access]

August 16, 2019
Solaris has secured two contracts in two different countries from two different authorities to supply electric buses.

Antalya’s T3 tram line opens, Turkey 

August 16, 2019
Passenger services have begun on the T3 line of the Antray light rail network in Antalya.

GAZ to supply electric buses in Vladivostok, Russia 

August 12, 2019
GAZ Group has secured a contract to supply two electric buses and a charging station in Vladivostok, Russia.

Middle East & Africa News

Hyundai Rotem delivers two electric trains in Tunisia 

August 16, 2019
South Korea-based Hyundai Rotem has delivered two electric trains for operation on Lines E and D of Tunisia’s rapid rail network being developed by the Société du Réseau Ferroviaire Rapide du grand Tunis / Fast Rail Network Company of Greater Tunis (RFR).

Shapir, CAF consortium awarded Jerusalem LRT contract, Israel [free access]

August 8, 2019
TransJerusalem J-Net Limited, a consortium of Israel-based Shapir and Spain-based CAF Group, has secured a ILS10 billion contract to build, operate and maintain (O&M) the Jerusalem light rail transit (LRT).

Hyundai Rotem to supply six trains for Cairo Metro Line 2, Egypt 

August 7, 2019
South Korea-based Hyundai Rotem has secured a USD131 million contract from Egypt’s National Authority for Tunnels (NAT) to supply six trains and related spare parts as well as provide maintenance services for eight years for Cairo Metro Line 2.

Cairo Monorail construction contract signed, Egypt 

August 5, 2019
A consortium of Germany-based Bombardier Transportation and Egypt-based Orascom Construction and Arab Contractors has signed an agreement with the National Authority for Tunnels (NAT) to design and construct as well as provide services to operate and maintain (O&M) the Cairo Monorail system.