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North America News


FTA allocates USD250 million to Small Starts projects, US [free access]

June 14, 2021
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has allocated USD250 million under the American Rescue Plan (ARP) towards 22 transit projects across 13 states.

Vicinity Motor to supply buses to Calgary Transit, Canada 

June 14, 2021
Calgary Transit has awarded a CAD6.0 million contract to Vicinity Motor Corp. (formerly Grande West Transportation Group Inc.) to supply 14 Vicinity Lightning EV buses.

Arc fare collection system to be deployed in greater Edmonton region, Canada 

June 9, 2021
The city of Edmonton, Strathcona County, and St. Albert have announced plans to introduce Arc, an account-based fare payment system, throughout the greater Edmonton region in Alberta, Canada.

WMATA partners with Cubic to launch SmarTrip on Google Pay, US 

June 9, 2021
The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) has partnered with Cubic Transportation Systems (CTS) and NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NXP) to launch SmarTrip (a contactless stored-value smart card payment system) on Google Pay.



Latin America News


Bidders shortlisted for Campinas ARL, Brazil 

June 15, 2021
The city government of Campinas/ Prefeitura de Campinas has shortlisted three bidders to conduct studies to develop an airport rail link (ARL) connecting Viracopos International Airport with Pátio Ferroviário de Campinas.

Temuco–Padre Las Casas rail project announced; electric buses deployed in Temuco, Chile 

June 10, 2021
Chile’s Ministry of Transport and Telecommunications/ Ministerio de Transportes y Telecomunicaciones (MTT) and the State Railways Company/ Empresa de los Ferrocarriles del Estado (EFE) have announced plans to develop a rail line connecting Temuco with Padre Las Casas, cities in Araucanía Region.

Tunnelling works of Santiago Metro Line 2 extension conclude, Chile 

June 9, 2021
The construction of a tunnel connecting El Bosque and the Vicuña Mackenna construction shaft has been completed, thus marking the conclusion of tunnelling works of the extension of Line 2 of Santiago Metro.

Funds allocated for Salvador BRT, Brazil 

June 2, 2021
The Government of Brazil and Caixa Econômica Federal (a Government of Brazil-owned financial services company) have allocated BRL215.20 million for the construction of Section Two of a bus rapid transit (BRT) system in Salvador.



Asia Pacific News


Government of South Korea to partner for rail projects in Indonesia [free access]

June 15, 2021
The Government of South Korea has entered into discussions with Indonesia’s Ministry of Transportation to explore cooperation opportunities for upcoming urban rail and freight projects in the country.

Sarawak Metro seeks rolling stock suppliers for Kuching ART, Malaysia 

June 14, 2021
Sarawak Metro Sdn Bhd (Sarawak Metro), the developer of the Kuching Urban Transportation System (KUTS), is inviting registrations from rolling stock suppliers for the automated rapid transit (ART) system in the city.

Chongqing Rail Transit Line 15 Phase II approved, China 

June 11, 2021
The Chongqing Development and Reform Commission has approved the feasibility report of Phase II of Line 15 of the Chongqing Rail Transit network.

First train delivered for Luoyang Metro Line 2, China 

June 10, 2021
Luoyang CRRC Rail Transit Equipment Company Limited has delivered the first train to be deployed on Line 2 of Luoyang Metro.



Europe News


ICM Mobility Group acquires mobile ticketing specialist Unwire 

June 14, 2021
ICM Mobility Group, a ticketing and payment services provider, has acquired Unwire, a mobile ticketing specialist.

Comsa and Lantania to renovate Valencia Metro Line 1, Spain 

June 14, 2021
A joint venture (JV) of Comsa and Lantania has secured a contract from Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat Valenciana (FGV)/ Valencian Government Railways to renovate the 50-km section of Valencia Metro Line 1 from Valencia Sud to Villanueva de Castellón.

Iarnrod Eireann digitalises revenue protection for its services, Ireland 

June 12, 2021
Iarnród Éireann (IÉ)/Irish Rail has digitalised revenue protection for its transit services.

Qbuzz receives 20 hydrogen buses; opens new fuel filling station in Groeningen, Netherlands 

June 12, 2021
Qbuzz, the bus operator in Groeningen, has received 20 new hydrogen buses and has opened a new hydrogen fuel filling station in the city.



Middle East & Africa News


NTA conducts first test run of Tel Aviv light rail, Israel 

June 11, 2021
The NTA Metropolitan Mass Transit System has conducted the first trial run of light rail in Tel Aviv. Under the trial, test runs were conducted on an electric train, which was operated eastwards from the Red Line Shacham station. T

Government of Egypt to convert over 2,200 gasoline buses to natural gas 

June 9, 2021
The Government of Egypt has launched the Autogas programme under which it aims to convert over 2,262 gasoline buses to natural gas.

Egypt’s Transport Ministry awards contract to operate Cairo subway Line 3; receives 22 passenger coaches [free access]

June 7, 2021
Egypt’s Transport Ministry has announced that a French company has secured a contract to operate Line 3 of the Cairo metro and the electric light rail (LRT) system for a period of 15 years. The name of the company is yet to be announced.

Kavim partners with Moovit to launch Israel’s first rural ridesharing bus service 

June 3, 2021
Israel’s Ministry of Transport and the Kavim bus company have partnered with Moovit to launch a flexible public transport service called Quicker.