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North America News


TTC to discontinue tokens, tickets, and passes on its network, Canada 

December 2, 2019
The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) has discontinued the sale of tickets, tokens, and passes at subway stations and has fully transitioned to the PRESTO fare collection system.

Brightline HSR to be extended by 2020 

December 1, 2019
Virgin Trains USA has announced plans to extend the Brightline High Speed Rail (HSR) operating between Miami and West Palm Beach by three additional stations across South Florida by 2020.

New Flyer to supply electric buses to Metro Transit, St. Louis, US 

November 22, 2019
New Flyer has secured a USD18.6 million contract from Metro Transit to supply 14 electric buses. The buses will have an average age of 15 years and will replace the currently operational diesel buses, which will be put out of service by end-2020.

Paper tickets to be discontinued on the Rapid bus network, Michigan 

November 22, 2019
The sale of paper tickets has been discontinued on The Rapid bus network in the state of Michigan. However, paper tickets will still be used to pay fares till the summer of 2020 before being completely phased out.



Latin America News


Mercedes-Benz delivers 20 buses in Recanto das Emas, Brazil 

November 30, 2019
Mercedes-Benz has delivered 20 Caio Apache buses to Urbi Mobilidade Urbana, a public transport operator in Recanto das Emas and in the surrounding areas of Basin 3.

On-demand service to be launched in Fortaleza, Brazil 

November 29, 2019
An application (app) for on-demand bus service, branded TopBus +, will be launched in the city of Fortaleza by December 4, 2019.

Refrota 17 to fund purchase of 75 buses in Baixada Fluminense, Brazil 

November 29, 2019
Brazil’s Ministry of Regional Development has announced plans to provide a total funding of BRL27 million to Empresa de Transportes Flores and Transporte Mageli for the procurement of a total of 75 buses.

ABB to supply charging stations to Redbus Urbano, Chile 

November 28, 2019
ABB has secured the contract to supply eight triple Heavy Vehicle Chargers (HVC) to Redbus Urbano, a public transport operator in the Santiago Metropolitan Region, at its bus depots in Nueva Bilbao and El Salto.



Asia Pacific News


Railway Board approves DPR for Nagpur Broad Gauge Metro, India 

November 30, 2019
India’s Ministry of Railways’ Railway Board has approved the detailed project report (DPR) to develop a broad gauge metro network connecting Nagpur and the surrounding towns by 2021.

CDPQ acquires stake in NRT Consortium, Australia 

November 29, 2019
Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ), a long-term institutional investor, has acquired a 24.9 per cent stake in the Northwest Rapid Transit (NRT) Consortium, the operator of Sydney Metro Northwest Line.

Signalling and communication systems contract awarded for Taoyuan MRT Airport Line, Taiwan [free access]

November 28, 2019
A consortium of Germany-based Siemens Mobility, Singapore-based ST Engineering, and Taiwan-based BES Engineering Corporation has secured a contract to supply signalling and communication systems for the upcoming stations at Terminal 3 of the Taoyuan Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) System Airport Line.

ADB to finance Dhaka MRT Line 5 Southern Route, Bangladesh 

November 28, 2019
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a USD33.26 million loan for Dhaka Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) System Line 5 Southern Route.



Europe News


Alstom–Bombardier consortium to supply up to 410 trains for Paris Metro, France 

November 29, 2019
A consortium of Alstom and Bombardier has secured a contract from RATP and Île-de-France Mobilités to design and supply up to 410 trainsets for the Paris Metro.

Alstom secures contracts for Marseille Metro and Utrecht Tramway 

November 28, 2019
Alstom has secured a contract to provide maintenance services for trams in Utrecht for a period of four years.

Adif AV selects three preferred bidders to operate HSRs in Spain 

November 27, 2019
Administrador de Infraestructuras Ferroviarias (ADIF) AV has awarded Renfe Viajeros, the Ilsa consortium comprising Trenitalia and Air Nostrum, and Rielsferato the contract to operate passenger services on three corridors.

QR code-based mobile ticketing deployed in Ipswich, UK 

November 27, 2019
UK-based UrbanThings, in partnership with Ipswich Buses, has deployed its QR code-based mobile ticketing application (app), branded Ticketless, in the city of Ipswich.



Middle East & Africa News


Ghana signs concession agreement for feasibility study of Accra SkyTrain 

November 28, 2019
The Government of Ghana has signed a concession agreement with Africa Investment SkyTrain Consortium Holdings and Ghana Infrastructure Investment Fund to develop the Accra SkyTrain. Feasibility studies will be conducted over a period of nine months to determine the financial viability of the project.

Operations commence on Doha Metro Gold Line, Qatar 

November 22, 2019
Operations have commenced on Doha Metro Gold Line. The line spans 14 km, covering 11 stations, namely Ras BU Abboud, National Museum, Souq Waqif, Musheireb, Bin Mahmoud, Al Sadd, Sudan, Jawaan, Al Waab, Sports City, and Aziziyah.

First electric bus route launched in Egypt 

November 12, 2019
Egypt’s Arab Organisation for Industrialisation, in collaboration with China-based Wanxiang Group Corporation and Egypt-based Mwasalat Misr, has commenced operations on the first electric bus route in Egypt.

BPTC to operate buses on six new routes, Bahrain 

November 7, 2019
The Bahrain Public Transport Company (BPTC) has announced plans to operate buses on six new routes.