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North America News

Bombardier-Alstom consortium to supply additional metro cars in Montréal, Canada 

November 12, 2018
The consortium of Bombardier Transportation and Alstom as well as Société de transport de Montréal (STM) have amended the initial contract of October 2010 to supply of an additional 153 Azur metro cars to be configured as 17 nine-car train sets.

Chicago’s Metra approves 2019 operating and capital budget, US 

November 12, 2018
The Metra Board of Directors have approved the 2019 operating budget of USD822.2 million, a 3.1 per cent increase over the 2018 budget.

STM approves 2019 budget and 2019-2028 capex programme, Canada 

November 8, 2018
The Société de Transport de Montréal (STM) has approved the CAD1.5-billion 2019 Budget and the CAD15.6 billion 2019-2028 capital expenditures (capex) programme.

Streetcar system operations begin in Milwaukee, US 

November 6, 2018
Transdev has commenced passenger service on its streetcar system called The Hop in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Latin America News

Costa Rica launches feasibility study tender for San Jose electric train [free access]

November 10, 2018
Instituto Costarricense de Ferrocarriles (INCOFER), the national rail operator of Costa Rica, has completed the pre-feasibility study of an electric train/Tren Eléctrico for the San Jose Gran Área Metropolitana/Greater Metropolitan Area (GAM).

Volvo to supply Euro-5 buses to Bogotá, Colombia 

November 6, 2018
Sweden-based Volvo Buses, in partnership with France-based Transdev and local operators Somos K and Fanalca, has secured a contract to supply 700 B430M buses to the Transmilenio bus rapid transit (BRT) system in Bogotá.

Odebrecht-FCC consortium to build Panama Metro Line 2 extension [free access]

November 2, 2018
The Line 2 Ramal Consortium, comprising Brazil-based Odebrecht and Spain-based FCC Construcción, has secured the highest technical and financial score for the civil works tender of Panama Metro Line 2 extension.

São Paulo Metrô Line 4 opens new station, one more by December 2019 

October 28, 2018
ViaQuatro, the operator of São Paulo Metrô Line 4, has started partial operations on the São Paulo-Morumbi metro station.

Asia Pacific News

Mumbai suburban rail secures funds for upgrade and expansion 

November 12, 2018
Indian Railways has announced plans to invest USD8.9 billion in the suburban rail network of Mumbai.

North-South HSR prefeasibility study completed, Vietnam 

November 12, 2018
A group of state-owned consultancy companies including the Transport Engineering Design Incorporation (TEDI), the Transport Engineering Design Incorporation in the South (TEDIS) and the Transport Investment and Construction Consultant Company (TRICC) has submitted the pre-feasibility report to the Ministry of Transport for the planned 1,545-km North-South high speed railway (HSR) connecting 20 cities and provinces in Vietnam.

Delhi launches biggest bus procurement plan, India 

November 12, 2018
The state government of Delhi in India has announced plans to launch new buses every month from April 2019 and add 1,000 buses to its cluster fleet by September 2019.

JICA funds Manila MRT-3 rehabilitation [free access]

November 10, 2018
The Japan International Co-operation Agency (JICA) has signed an agreement with the Government of the Philippines to provide an official development assistance (ODA) loan of up to USD330 million for the rehabilitation of the Manila Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT Line 3).

Europe News

AEP and Mastercard launch bank card in Chartres Métropole, France 

November 9, 2018
AEP Ticketing System (AEP), in collaboration with Mastercard, has deployed account-based ticketing system based on contactless EMV (Europay, MasterCard and Visa) bank cards on Filibus, the urban transport network in Chartres Métropole, France.

PPP proposal submitted for Brescia tram lines, Italy 

November 8, 2018
Brescia Mobilità (Brescia Transport Authority) and FS Italiane (Italian Railways) have submitted a proposal to the Municipality of Brescia to develop two tramlines on a public private partnership (PPP) basis.

Construction begins on Sydhavn extension, Denmark 

November 8, 2018
TUNN3L JV consortium has commenced construction on extending the upcoming Copenhagen Metro M4 Line, also known as Sydhavn extension/Sydhavns metro.

Dijon to deploy bank cards on entire public transport by December 2018, France 

November 7, 2018
Keolis has accelerated the deployment of account-based (ABT) ticketing system based on bank cards for buses in Dijon.

Middle East & Africa News

Alstom delivers first metro train for Dubai Metro 

November 11, 2018
France-based Alstom has delivered the first of 50 metro trains for the Dubai Metro under a EUR1.3-billion contract secured in June 2016.

Karwa Motors launches tender to build bus assembly plant in Oman [free access]

November 7, 2018
Karwa Motors, a joint venture (JV) of Mowasalat Qatar (70 per cent) and Oman Investment Fund (OIF-30 per cent), has launched a tender for the construction of bus assembly plant in the Duqm Special Economic Zone (SEZ).

EU to fund Nairobi BRT, Kenya 

October 31, 2018
The European Union (EU) has approved a grant of USD48.75 million for the development of a bus rapid transit (BRT) system in Nairobi.

Alstom starts delivery of trains for Dakar TER, Senegal 

October 24, 2018
France-based Alstom has shipped the first of the 15 Coradia Polyvalent bi-mode multiple unit trains for Dakar Train Express Regional (TER) project.