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North America News

GreenPower to supply 100 mini buses in California, US 

April 15, 2019
Green Commuter, an all-electric vanpool service provider in California, has placed an order with GreenPower Motor Company Incorporated (GreenPower) for 100 EV Star all-electric Min-eBuses.

Chicago city approves plan to transition to 100 per cent electric bus fleet [free access]

April 15, 2019
The Chicago City Council has approved a resolution to transition to 100 per cent renewable energy by 2035, while the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) will convert its entire bus fleet into an electric bus fleet by 2040.

New Flyer to supply 24 CNG buses in Phoenix, US 

April 12, 2019
Valley Metro Regional Public Transportation Authority (Valley Metro) in Phoenix has exercised options for the supply of 24 additional Xcelsior, 12.2-metre (40-foot), compressed natural gas (CNG), heavy-duty buses from New Flyer of America Incorporated (New Flyer).

Sound Transit secures FTA approval for Federal Way Link Extension, US 

April 12, 2019
The Central Puget Sound Regional Transit Authority (Sound Transit) has secured approval from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to advance the Federal Way Link Extension to the engineering phase.

Latin America News

Ecuador to replace diesel buses by 2025 

April 13, 2019
The Government of Ecuador has announced plans to replace diesel buses with electric buses in cities and on inter-city routes by 2025.

São Paulo Metro Line 5 fully operational; Sacyr secures São Paulo Metro Line 15 station construction contract, Brazil 

April 12, 2019
Passenger services have commenced on the Campo Belo station of São Paulo Metro Line 5 extension, marking the completion of the 20-km-long Line 5.

Companies shortlisted for Brasilia VLT feasibility study, Brazil [free access]

April 4, 2019
The Department of Transportation and Mobility of the Federal District/ Secretaria de Transporte e Mobilidade do Distrito Federal (SEMOB) has shortlisted four Brazil-based consortia and one company to conduct a feasibility study to develop a light rail transit (LRT)/ veículo leve sobre trilhos (VLT) system on a public–private partnership (PPP) basis along the W3 Avenue in Brasilia.

Panama Metro Line 3 proposals submitted, Panama 

April 3, 2019
Metro de Panamá S.A., the developer and operator of Panama Metro, has received technical and economic proposals from three consortia and one company to design, construct and commission Line 3, which is to be developed as a monorail.

Asia Pacific News

China’s Harbin metro Line extended 

April 12, 2019
The Harbin metro Line 1 has been extended from Hananzhan (Harbin South railway station) to Xinjiang Street.

Four LRT lines approved in Thailand 

April 10, 2019
The Kingdom of Thailand has approved the construction of four light rail lines in Chiang Mai, Phang Nga, Phuket, and Nakhon Ratchasima province at an estimated investment of THB161 billion.

Rapid KL to deploy cashless ticketing system on all bus routes [free access]

April 10, 2019
Rapid KL has announced plans to implement a fully electronic payment method (Touch ‘n’ Go card or myRapid’s Unlimited Travel Pass) on all bus routes by May 27, 2019.

MyHSR invites bids from consultants to provide technical advice to reduce costs of HSR link 

April 10, 2019
The High Speed Rail Corporation of Malaysia (MyHSR) has invited bids from technical advisory consultants to recommend options for reducing the cost of the Kuala Lumpur–Singapore high speed rail (HSR) project.

Europe News

Electric buses unveiled in Greece and deployed in France 

April 12, 2019
Athens has received its first electric bus, which is manufactured by BYD.

Stadler launches IPO; valued at CHF3.8 billion 

April 12, 2019
Stadler Rail has launched an initial public offering (IPO) on the SIX Swiss Exchange.

Ramboll and Atkins to design Ostlanken HSR line, Sweden 

April 12, 2019
Ramboll and Atkins have secured a five-year contract from Trafikverket, the Swedish Transport Administration, to plan and design the 160-km-long Järna–Linköping section of the Ostlanken high speed rail (HSR) line.

Contracts awarded for electric buses and charging infrastructure in Germany 

April 11, 2019
Mercedes‑Benz has secured a contract from ESWE Verkehrsgesellschaft, the public transport operator in Wiesbaden, to supply 56 eCitaro electric buses as well as the charging and other relevant infrastructure.

Middle East & Africa News

Ankai to deliver 600 buses in Saudi Arabia 

April 10, 2019
China-based Anhui Ankai Automobile (Ankai) has shipped a fleet of 600 three-door buses to Saudi Arabia.

Mauritius Metro Express Phase 1 70 per cent complete; to open by September 2019 

April 10, 2019
The Mauritius Ministry of Public Infrastructure and Land Transport has announced that 70 per cent of the works of Mauritius Metro Express Phase 1 are complete.

New trains unveiled for Cape Town suburban rail; to add 35 more trains by 2020, South Africa [free access]

April 10, 2019
The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) has unveiled two trains supplied by the Gibela Rail Transport Consortium (Gibela) for the suburban rail network of Cape Town.

Tehran Metro Line 6 Phase 1 opens, Iran 

April 8, 2019
Passenger services have commenced on Tehran Metro Line 6 Phase 1.