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North America News


Bytemark, AMP partner to supply fare payment solution in Toronto, Canada 

February 21, 2020
Bytemark has partnered with Advanced Mobile Payment Incorporated (AMP) to create an EMV level 3-certified fare payment solution for Toronto, which can accept both contact-based and contactless payments.

BYD to supply 134 electric buses in Los Angeles, US 

February 20, 2020
The city of Los Angeles has awarded BYD a contract to supply 134 electric buses to the Los Angeles Department of Transportation.

USDOT issues NOFO for USD1 billion in BUILD grants 

February 20, 2020
The US Department of Transportation (USDOT) has published a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for USD1 billion in Fiscal Year 2020 (FY2020) discretionary grant funding through the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Transportation Discretionary Grants program.

GATRA to launch mobile app for on-demand transit, US 

February 17, 2020
The Greater Attleboro Taunton Regional Transit Authority (GATRA) has announced plans to launch an on-demand microtransit programme to enable commuters to call for a ride using a mobile app.



Latin America News


MetroRio and Mastercard partner for contactless payments, Brazil 

February 22, 2020
MetrôRio, the operator of Rio de Janeiro Metro, in partnership with Mastercard has launched near field communication (NFC)-based ticketing on the network.

Marcopolo delivers 199 buses in Curitiba, Brazil 

February 22, 2020
Brazil-based Marcopolo has delivered 199 buses to be deployed in Curitiba.

GdE consortium to supply integrated rail systems of Panama Metro Line 2 extension 

February 16, 2020
The Government of Panama has awarded a contract to Grupo de Empresas (GdE) Consortium to design, supply, install, and test the integrated rail systems (including rolling stock) of Panama Metro Line 2 extension.

Acciona signs civil works and O&M contract for Sao Paulo Metro Line 6, Brazil [free access]

February 10, 2020
Acciona has signed the contract to complete the construction as well as provide operations and maintenance (O&M) services for Sao Paulo Metro Line 6.



Asia Pacific News


Nanning Suburban Airport Rail Line approved, China 

February 25, 2020
The Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region Development and Reform Commission has approved the proposal to develop a suburban rail line connecting the Nanning Wusong International Airport and the Nanning International Airport Comprehensive Transportation Hub.

CRRC secures Bangalore Metro Phase 2 rolling stock contract, India 

February 24, 2020
China-based CRRC Nanjing Puzhen Company Limited (CRRC) has secured a USD57.12 million (INR8.55 billion) contract from Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) to supply 216 standard gauge railcars for the Bangalore Metro Phase 2 Project.

MAUR signs another MoU with Tokyo Metro for HCMC Metro Line 1; announces timeline for Line 2 project, Vietnam [free access]

February 23, 2020
Tokyo Metro Company Limited (Tokyo Metro), the developer of Tokyo Metro, has signed another memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Ho Chi Minh City Urban Railway Management Bureau (MAUR) and Ho Chi Minh City Urban Railway Line 1 Operating Company (HURC1) to provide technical cooperation and undertake personnel development initiatives.

Electric buses to be deployed in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan 

February 22, 2020
The city government of Bishkek has announced plans to deploy 350 large-capacity electric buses.



Europe News


Vitoria-Gasteiz tram’s southern extension construction completed; Tecsa Altuna/Uría consortium secures extension contract, Spain [free access]

February 24, 2020
The construction of the Vitoria-Gasteiz tram network’s 1.4-km southern extensionhas been completed.

Stadler begins delivery of trams for Odense Letbane, Denmark 

February 21, 2020
Switzerland-based Stadler has delivered the first of 16 Pankow trams for Odense Letbane, the upcoming light rail transit (LRT) network.

Koltsevaya Metro Line reconstruction begins, Russia 

February 21, 2020
The reconstruction of the Koltsevaya Metro Line has begun and will be completed over the course of three years.

Renfe commences Granada–Seville HSR services, Spain 

February 20, 2020
Spanish railway operator Renfe has launched new high-speed rail (HSR) services between Granada and Seville with eight trains (four trains per direction).



Middle East & Africa News


Government of Egypt announces plans to start electric bus production 

February 23, 2020
Egypt’s Ministry of Military Production has contracted China-based Foton to manufacture electric buses in its military production factories, starting November 2020.

Daimler to supply 500 buses in Casablanca, Morocco 

February 15, 2020
Daimler has secured a contract to supply 500 buses to ECI Al Baida and ALSA in Casablanca, Morocco.

Irizar to supply 200 buses in Casablanca, Morocco 

February 11, 2020
Spain-based Irizar has secured a contract from CASV Transports, S.A. to supply 200 low-entry buses in Casablanca by end-2020.

Egis and CID to conduct studies for Rabat–Sale Tramway extensions, Morocco 

February 5, 2020
France-based Egis, in collaboration with Morocco-based consultancy firm CID, has secured a contract to conduct preliminary and pre-project studies to develop 30-km-long extensions of the Rabat–Salé Tramway. The duration of the contract is 12 months.