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North America News


Caltrain to procure additional rail cars, US 

December 10, 2018
Caltrain, the California-based commuter rail service, has announced plans to procure electric multiple units (EMUs) from Stadler and expand its electric fleet from 16 six-car train sets to 19 seven-car train sets.

SamTrans Board adopts Express Bus Study recommendations, US 

December 10, 2018
SamTrans Board of Directors has adopted the recommendations of the Express Bus Feasibility Study, which highlights the transit agency’s plans to enhance mobility options and ease freeway congestion in San Mateo County.

New Flyer to supply zero-emission buses in California, US 

December 6, 2018
The Victor Valley Transit Authority (VVTA) in California has awarded a contract to New Flyer of America Incorporated (New Flyer) to supply seven zero-emission, battery-electric Xcelsior CHARGE heavy-duty buses.

SFMTA extends VMI services contract with Alstom, US [free access]

December 6, 2018
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) has extended the vendor managed inventory (VMI) services contract with Alstom.



Latin America News


CAF to finance São Paulo Metro Line 17 Phase I 

December 8, 2018
Corporacion Andina de Fomento (CAF), the development bank of Latin America, has approved a USD296-million loan for the construction of Phase I of the São Paulo Metro Line 17.

CAF to refurbish Metro de Medellín rolling stock 

December 8, 2018
Spain-based Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles (CAF) has secured a contract to refurbish 42 three-car trains supplied by Germany-based MAN in 1995 to Metro de Medellín, the developer and operator of the Medellín Metro.

Metrovías to operate Buenos Aires subway until December 2019 

December 8, 2018
Argentina-based Metrovías has secured a one-year contract extension from the city council of Buenos Aires to operate and maintain the Buenos Aires subway until December 31, 2019.

FCC-Odebrecht also secure Panama Metro Line 2 extension 

November 29, 2018
Line 2 Ramal Consortium, comprising Spain-based FCC Construcción and Brazil-based Odebrecht, has secured the USD102.9-million contract to design and build the Panama Metro Line 2 extension.



Asia Pacific News


Bangkok Skytrain Green Line extension to open in April 2019; operations contract in January 2019 

December 10, 2018
Trial operations have commenced on the extension of Sukhumvit Line (Green Line) of the Bangkok Skytrain and passenger services are scheduled to begin in April 2019.

Alstom to supply signalling system for Mumbai metro Line 3, India 

December 10, 2018
France-based Alstom has secured a EUR100-million contract from Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Limited (MMRCL) to supply a communication based train control (CBTC) system for Line 3 of Mumbai Metro.

Tianjin Metro Line 1 East extension to open in 2019, China 

December 7, 2018
Trial operations have commenced on the eastern extension of Line 1 of the Tianjin Metro.

Seoul Metro Line 9 extension opens, South Korea 

December 7, 2018
Passenger services have commenced on an extension of Line 9 of Seoul Metro.



Europe News


First Leeds to deploy 58 buses by January 2019, UK 

December 10, 2018
First Leeds has announced that it will deploy 58 new ultra-low emission buses by January 2019, which is a part of its investment announced last year.

Ulm Tram Line 2 opens, Germany [free access]

December 10, 2018
Passenger services have begun on Line 2 of Ulm Tram/Ulm Straßenbahn.

Metrovagonmash to modernise Sofia Metro rolling stock, Bulgaria 

December 7, 2018
Russia-based Metrovagonmash JSC has secured a contract from Sofia Metro to modernise two four-car trains, with an option to modernise an additional 40 railcars.

Skoda delivers first tram to CVAG, Germany 

December 6, 2018
Škoda Transportation has delivered the first of 14 ForCity light rail vehicles (LRVs) to Chemnitzer Verkehrs AG (CVAG), the public transport authority of Chemnitz, under a EUR35-million contract secured in June 2016.



Middle East & Africa News


Mwasalat launches Oman’s first solar-powered AC bus shelters 

December 10, 2018
Mwasalat, the national public transport company of Oman, has launched Oman’s first solar-powered air conditioned (AC) bus shelter in Muscat.

Sharjah invests in solar-powered AC bus shelters, UAE 

November 28, 2018
Sharjah Roads and Transport Authority (SRTA), the developer of public bus system in Sharjah, has launched 28 solar-powered, air-conditioned (AC) bus shelters in the city.

Riyadh Metro awards naming rights for metro stations 

November 21, 2018
Arriyadh Development Authority (ADA), the developer of Riyadh Metro, has awarded naming rights of eight metro stations for a total consideration of SAR1.045 billion.

ONCF inaugurates Al Boraq HSR, Morocco 

November 16, 2018
Morocco’s national rail operator/Office National des Chemins de Fer (ONCF) has inaugurated the Al Boraq high speed rail (HSR) line, which spans 380 km from Tangiers to Casablanca.