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North America News

CTA starts testing Proterra electric buses, US 

April 5, 2021
The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) has started testing six Proterra electric buses (prototypes) on the 66 Chicago route. The performance of the buses will be evaluated before CTA approves the order for an additional 17 buses as part of an existing contract.

SEPTA and TheBus phase out paper tickets, US 

April 4, 2021
The City and County of Honolulu’s Department of Transportation Services (DTS) has announced plans to replace paper passes with the HOLO card, on buses (TheBus).

Biden administration calls for USD621 billion in transportation investment, US [free access]

March 31, 2021
The Biden Administration has released a proposal for a USD2 trillion job and infrastructure plan spanning a period of eight years.

HNTB secures construction, engineering, and inspection contract for Miami-Dade Transitway, US 

March 31, 2021
The Miami-Dade County Department of Transportation and Public Works (DTPW) awarded HNTB Corporation a contract to provide construction, engineering, and inspection services for the new South-Dade Transitway Corridor.

Latin America News

Government of Campinas invites EoIs to develop an airport rail link, Brazil 

April 2, 2021
The city government of Campinas/Prefeitura de Campinas has invited expressions of interest (EoIs) to conduct studies to develop a rail link connecting Viracopos International Airport with Pátio Ferroviário de Campinas.

ViaMobilidade to fund Sao Paulo Metro expansion, Brazil 

March 31, 2021
Brazil-based ViaMobilidade has signed an amendment to an agreement signed with the state government of São Paulo.

Proposals invited to provide support services for Pacific Train project, El Salvador 

March 31, 2021
The Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI) has invited proposals to provide support service for the execution of the Pacific Train project in El Salvador.

Government of Araucaria invites proposals for operation of buses, Brazil 

March 25, 2021
The city government of Araucaria/ Prefeitura de Araucária has invited proposals in three lots to appoint a concessionaire to operate 95 buses equipped with Euro-5 and higher emission standard engines.

Asia Pacific News

New bill to ease borrowing for Government of Singapore to fund infrastructure projects [free access]

April 6, 2021
A new bill has been proposed that will allow the Government of Singapore to borrow resources to finance major national infrastructure projects in the country.

JICA to fund Delhi Metro Phase IV; DMRC to expand fleet, India 

April 5, 2021
The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has signed an agreement with the Government of India to provide a loan of USD1.15 billion (INR83.90 billion) for the Delhi Metro Phase IV project.

Alstom delivers train for Singapore MRT NEL extension 

April 5, 2021
The Land Transport Authority (LTA) has received the first of six new trains, from Alstom, for the North East Line (NEL) extension of Singapore Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) network.

Olectra Greentech to supply 50 electric buses in India 

April 3, 2021
India-based Olectra Greentech has secured a contract to supply 50 electric buses to a state government-owned transport authority (name not disclosed).

Europe News

Alstom acquires brake linings manufacturer Flertex 

April 5, 2021
Alstom has announced the acquisition of Flertex, a France-based brake linings manufacturer.

Railway infrastructure maintenance services digitalised in Mallorca, Spain 

April 5, 2021
Azvi has digitalised railway infrastructure maintenance services for the Serveis Ferroviaris de Mallorca (SFM) using the MainRail software in Mallorca.

Tests begin for train occupation displays on Transilien services, France 

April 4, 2021
Tests have commenced for Hector, a train occupation display system, on Transilien services in the Île-de-France region.

First viaduct installed on the Naples–Cancello section for Naples–Bari HSR, Italy 

April 3, 2021
Webuild Group has installed the first of three viaducts on the Naples–Cancello section of the Naples–Bari high speed rail (HSR) line.

Middle East & Africa News

National Railways Authority allocates USD14.36 billion for development of rail network, Egypt 

March 31, 2021
The Egyptian National Railways Authority has allocated USD14.36 billion for the development of its railway network.

NAT to launch global tender for the Alexandria Metro project, Egypt 

March 30, 2021
Egypt’s National Authority for Tunnels (NAT) has announced plans to launch a global tender for the implementation of the Alexandria Metro project.

Mwasalat Misr secures contract to operate buses in six cities, Egypt 

March 28, 2021
Egypt’s New Urban Communities Authority has awarded a contract to Mwasalat Misr to operate buses in six new Egyptian cities.

Keolis secures Dubai metro and tram operation contract, UAE 

March 22, 2021
Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has awarded Keolis a EUR125 million contract to operate the Dubai metro and tram network.