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North America News

NJ Transit approves funds for rail transit, United States 

July 18, 2017
New Jersey Transit (NJ Transit), the public transport operator in New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia, has announced plans to invest USD3.58 billion in transit infrastructure and light rail transit (LRT) system.

Bids invited for Southwest LRT, Minneapolis 

July 18, 2017
The Metropolitan Council has invited first of the three bids for the construction of the Southwest light rail transit (LRT) line in Minneapolis.

GWTI to supply buses to BC Transit, Canada 

July 17, 2017
Grande West Transportation International (GTWI) Limited has secured a CAD1.9-million contract from BC Transit and Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD) to supply six 24-seater buses to replace its existing fleet of 18-year old buses.

The Rapid, Michigan, launches electronic ticketing pilot in August 2017 for buses, United States [free access]

July 17, 2017
The Rapid has announced plans to launch a pilot project for electronic ticketing and mobile application (app) in August 2017.

Latin America News

Santiago Metro Line 7 stations and route unveiled, Chile 

July 14, 2017
The Ministry of Transportation of Santiago has unveiled the alignment and station locations of Santiago Metro Line 7.

Monterrey Metro Line 3 stations contracts awarded, opening in 2018 

July 14, 2017
The Nuevo León state government has awarded eight contracts of a total value MXN479.3 million for the construction of eight stations of Monterrey Metro Line 3.

BYD to supply 90 electric buses in Santiago, Chile 

July 12, 2017
China-based Build Your Dreams (BYD) Company has secured a contract to supply 90 high-floor electric buses for Transantiago, the public bus operator in Chile.

SCT to fund Monterrey Metro Line 3, Mexico 

July 10, 2017
Mexico’s Sistema de Transporte Colectivo (STC) has announced plans to allocate USD65.4 million for the construction of eight stations and workshops for the Monterrey Metro Line 3.

Asia Pacific News

Victoria awards two contracts for Melbourne Metro Tunnel, to invite EoIs for RIA contract, Australia [free access]

July 18, 2017
The Government of Victoria has awarded two contracts of total value USD5.5 billion for the Melbourne Metro Tunnel project.

Klang Valley MRT Line 1 Phase II opens, Malaysia 

July 17, 2017
Passenger services have commenced on Phase II of Klang Valley Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) Line 1, which is also known as Sungai Buloh-Kajang (SBK) Line.

Trial runs commence on JLN Stadium-Maharaja College section of Kochi Metro, India 

July 14, 2017
Kochi Metro Rail Limited (KMRL) has commenced trial operations on a 4-km stretch of Kochi Metro Phase I.

Megawide to construct East-West Railway in the Philippines 

July 13, 2017
Megawide Construction Corporation has partnered with East-West Rail Transit Corporation and Alloy MTD Group to construct, operate and maintain the East-West Railway (EWR) line.

Europe News

Solaris Bus & Coach to deliver electric buses in Bergamo and Milan, Italy 

July 14, 2017
Solaris Bus & Coach has received orders to supply 22 Urbino 12 electric buses to Azienda Trasporti Bergamo (ATB), the public transport company of Bergamo city in Northern Italy, and 10 Urbino 12 electric buses to Azienda Trasporti Municipalizzata (ATM), the public transport operator of Milan.

FS subsidiary Busitalia to purchase Netherlands’ Qbuzz 

July 14, 2017
The bus unit of Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane S.p.A. (FS Italiane)/Italian State Railways Group, Busitalia, has signed a preliminary purchase agreement to acquire Dutch public transport provider Qbuzz for an undisclosed sum.

DB-Hamburg to launch integrated mobility projects 

July 13, 2017
Deutsche Bahn (DB) and the City of Hamburg have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to develop integrated mobility projects as part of a three-year smart city partnership.

Colas Rail subsidiary and consortium secure Bordeaux Tramway Line D contracts 

July 13, 2017
The Metropolitan Council of Bordeaux, Communauté Urbaine de Bordeaux (CUB), has awarded a EUR34-million contract to a Colas Rail-led consortium, to install track and overhead catenary for a 6.2-km section under Phase II of Bordeaux Tram Line D extension.

Middle East & Africa News

Uganda Government to develop Kampala BRT 

July 17, 2017
Uganda’s Ministry of Works and Transport has announced plans to implement a bus rapid transit (BRT) system in the capital city Kampala.

Alstom to supply 50 trains for Dubai Metro Route 2020 

July 17, 2017
Alstom has secured a contract to supply 50 trains for the Dubai Metrorail system.

Bombardier to finance and construct Cairo Metro Line 6, Egypt [free access]

July 14, 2017
Bombardier has secured a USD4-billion contract from Egyptian Company for Metro Management and Operation (ECMMO) to finance and construct Cairo Metro Line 6.

IRIR and FS sign MoU to develop Qom-Arak HSR in Iran 

July 12, 2017
Islamic Republic of Iran Railways (IRIR/RAI) and Italy’s Ferrovie dello Stato (FS) have signed a USD1.3-billion contract for the development of a 135-km high-speed rail (HSR) line from Qom to Arak in Iran.