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North America News

MBTA awards construction contract for Phase I of South Coast Rail commuter project, US 

May 25, 2020
The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) has awarded a USD159 million construction contract to the Skanska DW White joint venture for Phase 1 of the South Coast Rail project.

FTA grants funding to STA and City of Springfield under CARES Act, US 

May 22, 2020
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has awarded the Spokane Transit Authority (STA) a funding of USD23.4 million to offset the drop in revenues caused by the decrease in ridership due to the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Operations to commence on Phase I of BART’s Silicon Valley extension, US 

May 21, 2020
Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) has announced that operations on Phase I of its Silicon Valley Extension will commence on June 13, 2020.

Sun Tran launches electric bus service, US 

May 17, 2020
Sun Tran introduced its first electric bus into service. The 40-foot electric bus has a total battery capacity of 444 kWh and has a low-floor design.

Latin America News

BYD delivers 20 electric buses to CUTCSA, Uruguay [free access]

May 23, 2020
BYD, in collaboration with its Uruguay-based distributor, Abriley S.A., has delivered a fleet of 20 electric buses to Compañía Uruguaya de Transportes Colectivos SA (CUTCSA), the largest public transport operator in Uruguay.

Construction contract awarded for Mayan Train Section 3, Mexico 

May 20, 2020
A consortium of Construcciones Urales, Gami Ingeniería e Instalaciones, and Azvi has secured a contract from Mexico’s National Tourism Promotion Fund/ Fondo Nacional de Fomento al Turismo (FONATUR) to construct and maintain Section 3 of the Mayan Train Project.

Idinsa to develop elevated trolleybus line in Mexico City, Mexico 

May 14, 2020
Mexico-based Impulsora de Desarrollo Integral (Idinsa) has secured a MXN2.39 billion contract from the Government of Mexico City to develop an elevated trolleybus line.

Metro de Santiago raises USD1.50 billion via bonds, Chile [free access]

May 14, 2020
Metro de Santiago has issued bonds worth USD1.50 billion in the international market.

Asia Pacific News

MoU signed to deploy hydrogen buses in Australia [free access]

May 24, 2020
UK-based ITM Power has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Australia-based bus operator Transit Systems, Australia-based Palisade Investment Partners, Canada-based Ballard Power Systems, and UK-based BOC Group to deploy hydrogen buses in Australia under the H2OzBus Project.

5G deployed on Hefei Rail Transit Line 3, China 

May 24, 2020
Hefei Rail Transit Group, in collaboration with Hefei Mobile, has deployed the 5G network on Hefei Rail Transit Line 3.

CRRC delivers first train of Zhengzhou Metro Line 3, China 

May 23, 2020
Zhengzhou CRRC Sifang Rail Vehicle Company Limited (CRRC) has delivered the first train to be deployed on Zhengzhou Metro Line 3.

Trial operations of Qinghai Delingha New Energy Modern Tram and Hohhot Metro Line 2 begin, China 

May 23, 2020
Trial operations on a tram network in Delingha, a city in Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, and on Hohhot Metro Line 2 have commenced.

Europe News

Metrovagonmash delivers metro trains to Metroelektrotrans, Russia 

May 25, 2020
Metrovagonmash has delivered a four-car metro trainset to Metroelektrotrans, the transport authority of Kazan.

Ministry for Economy, Transport and North Wales to invest GBP30 million in public transport in Wales, UK 

May 22, 2020
The Ministry for Economy, Transport and North Wales has announced plans to invest GBP30 million to improve public transport networks in Wales.

Liberty Charge to deploy residential EV charging points, UK 

May 21, 2020
Liberty Charge, a new joint venture (JV) partnership between Liberty Global Ventures and Zouk Capital, will deploy on-street residential electric vehicle (EV) charging points in the UK.

GTT launches EMV payment tests in Turin, Italy 

May 21, 2020
Gruppo Torinese Trasporti (GTT), the public transport operator in Turin, has launched tests for EMV payments on the metro system in Turin.

Middle East & Africa News

Swvl to resume operations in Kenya 

May 26, 2020
The National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) has permitted Egypt based Swvl to resume its bus-hailing application (app) in Kenya.

Stabus launches bus booking application, Ghana 

May 12, 2020
Stabus, the transport start-up in Ghana, has launched a bus booking application.

Government of South Africa to introduce HSR 

May 7, 2020
The Department of Transport of South Africa has announced plans to introduce a new high speed rail (HSR) network.

Volkswagen delivers 12 buses to city of Uíge, Angola 

May 4, 2020
The city of Uíge has received the delivery of 12 ‘Marcopolo model’ Volkswagen buses. Each bus can accommodate up to 34 seated passengers.