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North America News

Virgin Group invests in Hyperloop One, United States [free access]

October 16, 2017
Britain-based Virgin Group has made significant investment in US-based Hyperloop One and rebranded the company as Virgin Hyperloop One.

New Flyer to supply 65 buses to LA Metro 

October 13, 2017
New Flyer has secured a contract to supply 65 18.28-metre (60-foot) long buses fuelled with compressed natural gas (CNG) to Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LA Metro).

Grande West to supply 100 buses in the United States 

October 13, 2017
Canada-based Grande West Transportation Group Incorporated (Grande West) has secured a USD32.09-million contract from Alliance Bus Group to supply over 100 buses in the United States.

Siemens invests in Wi-Tronix, United States 

October 11, 2017
Siemens has made a significant equity investment in US-based Wi-Tronix to expand digital predictive maintenance for rail services.

Latin America News

Marcopolo delivers 20 new buses to Mibus, Panama 

October 14, 2017
Brazil-based Marcopolo has delivered 20 Torino buses to Mibus, the public bus operator in Panama City.

Desamparados launches digital payment system, Costa Rica 

October 13, 2017
Go Pass, a Costa-Rica based start-up, has launched pilot operations of a digital payment system on public buses operating in Desamparados.

Estrella Blanca and IAMSA to invest in Tasqueña intermodal station upgrade, Mexico 

October 9, 2017
Estrella Blanca and IAMSA, public transport companies in Mexico City, have announced plans to invest USD300 million to modernise the Tasqueña intermodal station.

MOVI deploys 27 Mercedes-Benz buses in Rosario, Argentina 

October 8, 2017
MOVI, the public transport company in Rosario, Argentina, has deployed 27 Mercedes-Benz OH1621 low-floor, diesel-fuelled buses on Line 153.

Asia Pacific News

Scania to support methane-fuelled buses in Mumbai, India 

October 13, 2017
The state government of Maharashtra has announced plans to introduce methane-fuelled city buses in Mumbai.

Multan Metrobus BRT to launch feeder buses in October 2017, Pakistan 

October 13, 2017
Punjab Mass Transit Authority (PMTA) has announced plans to launch 100 air-conditioned (AC) feeder buses in October 2017 for Multan Metrobus bus rapid transit (BRT) system in Pakistan.

Ranken secures construction contracts for Dalian LRT and Urumqi Airport Line, China 

October 12, 2017
China-based Ranken Railway Construction Group Company Limited (Ranken), a subsidiary of Sapphire Corporation Limited, has secured two construction contracts of a total value CNY856 million for Dalian light-rail transit (LRT) and Urumqi Metro in Xinjiang, China.

LTA to test RFID and Bluetooth technology on MRT stations in 2018, Singapore 

October 12, 2017
The Land Transport Authority (LTA), Singapore has announced plans to test a “hands-free" automatic fare collection system (AFC) by deploying fare gates on mass rapid transit (MRT) stations in 2018.

Europe News

Bombardier and CAF to supply 107 trains for West Midlands franchise, UK 

October 17, 2017
West Midlands Trains Limited, a joint venture of Abellio, Japan East Railway Company, and Mitsui & Company Limited, has selected Bombardier and CAF for two contracts to supply 107 trains.

Stadler to supply 71 EMUs for Masovian Railways, Poland 

October 17, 2017
Stadler Polska (Stadler) has secured a PLN2.21-billion contract (gross) from regional rail operator Masovian Railways/ Koleje Mazowieckie (KM) to supply 71 Flirt 3 electrical multiple-units (EMUs) to replace all non-modernised EN57-series trains.

Luxtram to get two extensions by 2021, Luxembourg [free access]

October 16, 2017
Luxembourg’s Ministry of Sustainable Development and Infrastructure has proposed construction of two extensions for the country’s first upcoming tram network, Luxtram.

Solaris to supply 26 CNG buses in Ostrava, Czech Republic 

October 13, 2017
Solaris Bus & Coach (Solaris) has secured a CZK86.8-million contract (net) from Dopravní Podnik Ostrava a.s. (DPO) to supply 10 articulated city buses fuelled by compressed natural gas (CNG).

Middle East & Africa News

City of Ekurhuleni to open Harambee BRT Phase 1A section, South Africa 

October 16, 2017
The City of Ekurhuleni has announced plans to begin service on a section of Phase 1A of the Harmbee bus rapid transit (BRT) system from next week.

ADA launches tender for Riyadh Metro stations advertising rights, Saudi Arabia [free access]

October 16, 2017
Arriyadh Development Authority (ADA) has invited bids for the advertising rights of 15 Riyadh Metro stations; however, rights will be sold for only 10 stations.

EIB to provide loan for Cairo Metro Line 1 upgrade, Egypt 

October 13, 2017
The European Investment Bank (EIB) has approved a EUR180-million loan to Egypt’s National Authority of Tunnels (NAT) for the rehabilitation of Cairo Metro Line 1.

MVMANT launches on-demand mobility app for Dubai RTA, United Arab Emirates 

October 13, 2017
Dubai’s Road and Transport Authority (RTA) has announced plans to launch a pilot operation of on-demand bus service in end-October 2017.