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North America News


TDOT to finance purchase and operations of electric buses in Memphis, US 

July 9, 2018
The Memphis Area Transit Authority (MATA) has received a USD19.9-million grant through the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) programme of the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) to procure 10 electric buses and to construct electric charging stations along a new route, which will serve the Southeast Memphis and Memphis International Airport areas.

Momentum Dynamics to install wireless charging system in Chattanooga, US 

July 9, 2018
Momentum Dynamics Corporation, a developer of high-power wireless charging for electric vehicles, has announced plans to install a 200-kilowatt wireless charging system for zero-emission electric buses in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Tutor Perini/Frontier-Kemper JV to construct tunnels for Purple Line Extension Section 3 in LA 

July 5, 2018
The Tutor Perini/Frontier- Kemper Joint Venture has secured a USD410-million contract from the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LA Metro) for the Purple Line Extension Section 3 tunnels project.

Nova Bus to supply 82 buses to OC Transpo, Canada 

July 4, 2018
Nova Bus has secured a contract to supply 82 40-feet (12.2-metres) diesel-powered transit buses to OC Transpo, the transit service provider for the city of Ottawa.



Latin America News


Sacyr-Ferrera Guedes JV to construct Fortaleza Metro East Line Phase 1, Brazil 

July 9, 2018
The joint venture (JV) of Spain-based Sacyr Ingeniería e Infraestructuras and the Brazil-based Ferrera Guedes has secured a BRL1.47 billion (EUR350 million) contract to construct Phase 1 of Fortaleza Metro East Line.

Passenger service commences on VLT Fortaleza extension, Brazil 

July 9, 2018
Secretaria da Infraestrutura do Estado do Ceará (SEINFRA)/Department of Infrastructure of the State of Ceará has started assisted operations on the São João do Tauape-Papicu stretch of VLT Fortaleza.

BYD to supply 100 electric buses in Santiago, Chile 

July 9, 2018
China-based Build Your Dreams (BYD) has signed an agreement with Chile’s Ministry of Transport and Telecommunications to supply 100 K9FE electric buses in Santiago by November 2018.

Metro Cali unveils design of 52 feeder buses; delivery by September 2018, Colombia 

July 9, 2018
Metro Cali SA, the developer of Sistema Integrado de Transporte Masivo (SITM)/ Integrated Mass Transport System in Cali has unveiled the design of 52 feeder buses, supplied by Marcopolo.



Asia Pacific News


Canberra LRT Stage I to open in 2018, Australia 

July 10, 2018
Australia-based Transport Canberra has commenced testing on light rail transit (LRT) corridor from Nullarbor Avenue to Gungahlin Place.

King Long and Baidu to develop autonomous minibuses for Japan by 2019 [free access]

July 9, 2018
China-based companies, Baidu and Xiamen King Long United Automotive Industry Company have announced plans to develop 10 electric minibuses under the brand Apolong.

Kolkata Metro East-West Line to open in October 2018, India 

July 9, 2018
Kolkata Metro Rail Corporation Limited (KMRCL) has conducted trial runs on the 3-km long Central Park-Salt Lake Sector V section of Kolkata Metro East-West Line. Passenger services are expected to commence by October 2018.

Kiwi Bus, TEG and Microvast deliver first double-decker electric bus in Wellington, 32 more by 2021 

July 9, 2018
Tranzit group, Metlink and the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) have jointly launched the first double-decker electric bus for service from July 2018.



Europe News


BYD to supply electric buses in Norway and Spain 

July 6, 2018
China-based BYD has secured two contracts to supply fully electric buses in Oslo (Norway) and Badajoz (Spain).

CAF shortlisted for HS2 contract; Bombardier-Hitachi to submit joint bid, UK 

July 5, 2018
High Speed Two (HS2) Limited (HS2 Limited) has invited CAF to join the list of companies shortlisted for a GBP2.75-billion contract to design, build and maintain at least 54 trains for the planned HS2 network.

OHL-led JV to secure construction contract for Y Vasca HSR 

July 5, 2018
A joint venture of OHL (40 per cent), Sobrino (20 per cent), G&O (10 per cent) and Geotunel (30 per cent) has secured a EUR134-million contract from Administrador de Infraestructuras Ferroviarias/Adif Alta Velocidad (Adif) to construct three tunnels of 6.3 km for the Mondragón-Elorrio-Bergara section of the Vitoria-Bilbao-San Sebastián high speed rail (HSR) line (also known as Y Vasca HSR).

Keolis Norge to continue operations of Bergen LRT, Norway 

July 5, 2018
Keolis Norge has secured a contract extension from Bybanen AS to operate Bergen light rail transit (LRT) for a period of eight years, starting from July 2019.



Middle East & Africa News


Vectalia to operate public buses in Nador, Morocco 

July 6, 2018
Spain-based Vectalia has secured a contract to operate public buses in the metropolitan area of Nador for a period of 10 years starting from July 2018.

Alstom to supply infrastructure systems for Lagos Metro Blue Line 

July 5, 2018
France-based Alstom has signed a Heads of Agreement (a non-binding agreement that outlines the key terms of a proposed agreement) with Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA) to supply railway infrastructure systems for Lagos Metro Blue Line Phases 1 and 2.

Alsa-City Bus JV to operate buses in three cities in Morocco 

July 3, 2018
A joint venture (JV) of Spain-based Alsa and Morcco-based City Bus Groupe has secured a contract to operate public buses in Rabat, Salé and Témara in Morocco for a period of 15 years starting from January 2019.

Tunnelling completed on Dubai Metro Route 2020 

July 2, 2018
Dubai Road and Transport Authority has announced the completion of tunnelling works on the 3.2-km underground section of Dubai Metro’s Red Line extension (Route 2020).