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North America News


WATA announces plans to start bus service in York County in Virginia, US 

September 17, 2021
The Williamsburg Area Transit Authority (WATA) in the state of Virginia has announced plans to start bus services in York County in 2022 for a period of three years to assess passenger demands and needs.

VIA goMobile+ app adds cash-loading feature, US 

September 17, 2021
The VIA goMobile+ application (app) has added a new cash-loading feature.

Carlsbad City Council approves USD2 million grant to CMTS, US 

September 17, 2021
The Carlsbad City Council has approved a USD2 million grant agreement with the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) for the Carlsbad Municipal Transit System (CMTS).

New Flyer to supply battery-electric buses to LTD and COTA, US 

September 16, 2021
The Lane Transit District (LTD) has awarded a contract to New Flyer to supply 19 battery-electric 40-foot Xcelsior CHARGE NG heavy-duty buses.



Latin America News


Santo Andre and Macapa cities to deploy new buses by September 2021, Brazil 

September 19, 2021
The Government of Santo Andre in the ABC Paulista region has announced plans to deploy 16 new buses by September 2021.

Construction resumes on Sao Paulo Metro Line 17, Brazil 

September 15, 2021
Construction work has resumed on the Sao Paulo Metro Line 17 (Gold) Pinherios section.

Parana City begins study to reorganise public transport network, Brazil 

September 15, 2021
The Government of Parana has commenced a study to reorganise the city’s metropolitan transport system.

Metro de Santiago issues USD650 million bonds to fund metro projects, Chile [free access]

September 13, 2021
Metro de Santiago has issued bonds worth USD650 million in the international market to finance Line 7, Line 8, and Line 9 (partially) as well as extensions of Line 2 and Line 3.



Asia Pacific News


Construction contracts awarded for Surat Metro Phase 1, India 

September 17, 2021
Gujarat Metro Railway Corporation (GMRC) has awarded four contracts worth INR30.02 billion for the construction work of Surat Metro Phase 1.

Alstom to supply ETCS Level 2 for Sydney Trains, Australia [free access]

September 16, 2021
Alstom has secured two contracts from Transport for New South Wales (TfNSW) and Sydney Trains to design, deliver, and provide 20-year service support for European Train Control System (ETCS) Level 2 signalling technology as part of the state’s More Trains, More Services - Digital Systems Program.

South Korean companies to conduct feasibility study on Colombo LRT, Sri Lanka 

September 16, 2021
South Korea-based KCI Metro Link Korea Company and GBK Consortium have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to conduct a feasibility study for the development of a light rail transit (LRT) system in Colombo.

Bids received for tunnelling work of Delhi Metro Magenta Line extension, India 

September 15, 2021
Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has received bids from four companies for the tunnelling work (Package DC-05) of the Delhi Metro Magenta Line, Phase IV extension. The bids were invited in June 2021 with a 42-month deadline.



Europe News


WMCA sanctions bids for government funds to invest in transit services, UK 

September 20, 2021
The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) has sanctioned bids for two government funds that when combined with local funds are expected to fetch a total investment of up to GBP2 billion for transport in the region, over the next five years.

TfL to procure only zero-emission buses, UK 

September 17, 2021
Transport for London (TfL) will procure only zero-emission buses to achieve the aim of operating a 100 per cent zero-emission bus fleet in London by 2034.

Stagecoach plans net zero-emission bus fleet by 2035, UK 

September 17, 2021
Stagecoach plans to operate a net zero-emission bus fleet across the UK and to decarbonise its business by 70 per cent by 2035.

SmartWindow trials start on tram-trains in Karlsruhe, Germany 

September 17, 2021
Trials of the SmartWindow technology have started on tram-trains operated by Albtal-Verkehrs-Gesellschaft (AVG) in Karlsruhe.



Middle East & Africa News


Meridiam acquires 40 per cent stake in SETRAG, Gabon 

September 15, 2021
France-based Meridiam has acquired a 40 per cent stake in Societe d'Exploitation du Transgabonais (SETRAG) by investing EUR30 million.

Cooperation agreement signed between Zimbabwe and Rwanda for rail transport 

September 13, 2021
The National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) and the Rwanda Transport Development Agency (RTDA) have signed an agreement for the development of the rail network in Rwanda.

GTSC awards contract to procure 33 buses, Gambia 

September 13, 2021
Two QGroup companies, Quantum Net and Espace Motors, have secured a contract to supply 33 buses to the Gambia Transport Service Company (GTSC).

Bids received for conducting feasibility study of Bahrain Metrorail Project Phase I 

September 12, 2021
A total of seven companies have submitted bids to conduct the feasibility study for Bahrain Metrorail Project Phase I.