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FRA cancels USD928 million California HSR grant, US 

May 17, 2019
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has terminated its Cooperative Agreement with the California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) and cancelled more than USD928 million in grants for the high-speed rail (HSR) project.

NJ Transit and Amtrak to invest in NEC railroad, US 

May 16, 2019
New Jersey Transit (NJ Transit) and Amtrak have announced plans to make a joint investment of USD31 million to refurbish the railroad infrastructure along the Northeast Corridor (NEC) in New Jersey.

FTA announces USD423 million in funds for bus projects nationwide 

May 15, 2019
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has announced an opportunity to apply for USD423.3 million in Fiscal Year 2019 (FY 2019) competitive grant funding for mass transit bus projects.

Cubic secures contract extension to continue modernisation of fare system in Los Angeles 

May 15, 2019
Cubic Transportation Systems (CTS) has executed a 5.5-year, USD68.2 million extension contract awarded by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LA Metro) to provide technical support services and field maintenance services for the Transit Access Pass (TAP) regional fare system.



Latin America News


NADB to fund Monterrey Metro Line 3 rolling stock, Mexico 

May 16, 2019
The Board of Directors of the North American Development Bank (NADB) has approved a USD122.62 million credit line for Regiotren, S.A. de C.V. (Regiotren) to procure 22 electric trains for Metrorrey Metro Line 3, an upcoming light rail line in Monterrey.

Metrotranvía extension opens, Argentina [free access]

May 15, 2019
Passenger services have commenced on a 5.12-km-long extension of Metrotranvía, a tram line in Mendoza, Argentina.

Mitre Commuter Line reopens, Argentina 

May 11, 2019
Passenger services have restarted on the 3.9 km-long section (fully elevated) of Mitre Rail Line, a commuter rail line in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Train design unveiled for San José commuter rail, Costa Rica 

May 10, 2019
Instituto Costarricense de Ferrocarriles (INCOFER), the national rail operator of Costa Rica, has unveiled the design of the diesel multiple units (DMUs) to be deployed on the commuter rail network of San José Greater Metropolitan Area.



Asia Pacific News


JR Hokkaido to increase maximum speed of Hokkaido Shinkansen HSR extension 

May 21, 2019
Hokkaido Railway Company (JR Hokkaido) has announced plans to increase the maximum speed of the Shin–Hakodate–Hokuto–Sapporo extension of the Hokkaido Shinkansen from 260km/hr to 320km/hr at an estimated investment of JPY12 billion.

Operations commence on Zhengzhou Metro circular Line 5 

May 21, 2019
Passenger operations have commenced on the 40.7-km (underground) circular Zhengzhou metro Line 5.

Kazakhstan receives delivery of trams by Belkommunmash 

May 15, 2019
Belarus-based Belkommunmash has delivered four 802E model trams to the city of Pavlodar, Kazakhstan.

Visa introduces specifications to support India’s common mobility card [free access]

May 15, 2019
Visa has launched a specification to support India’s National Common Mobility Card (NCMC).



Europe News


Electric buses to be deployed in several European cities [free access]

May 20, 2019
Several European cities have awarded contracts related to, received deliveries of, and commenced operations on electric buses in the region.

Fare collection system and technology for buses in Nottingham and Derby to be upgraded, UK 

May 20, 2019
The Nottingham City Government andthe Derby City Council have announced plans to upgrade the ticketing and real-time information system on their buses at an estimated investment of GBP8 million.

Salini Impregilo to develop HSR in Turkey 

May 20, 2019
Salini Impregilo has secured a EUR530 million contract to construct a 153-km section of high-speed rail in Turkey.

Minsk to develop fast tram, Belarus 

May 20, 2019
The city government of Minsk has announced plans to commence feasibility studies for the development of a 9·4-km fast tram route in the city.



Middle East & Africa News


KONE to supply and maintain Tel Aviv LRT Red Line escalators and elevators, Israel 

May 20, 2019
Finland-based KONE Corporation (KONE) has secured a contract to supply 106 escalators and 63 elevators for Tel Aviv light rail transit (LRT) Red Line.

Kenya allocates KES5.53 billion for bus-only lanes in Nairobi 

May 18, 2019
The National Treasury of Kenya has allocated KES5.53 billion to develop exclusive lanes for high-capacity buses planned to be deployed in Nairobi.

NEC Corporation to supply ITS and AFC for buses, Oman 

May 17, 2019
Japan-based NEC Corporation has secured a contract from MWASALAT, the national public transport company of Oman, to supply an intelligent transport system (ITS) and an automatic fare collection (AFC) system.

Ashok Leyland to supply 400 minibuses in Senegal 

May 16, 2019
India-based Ashok Leyland has secured a EUR10.06 million contract from Senbus Industries to supply 400 minibuses in Senegal.