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North America News

FRA awards PTC implementation grant to Metro-North, US 

February 8, 2019
The Federal Railroad Administration has awarded a USD2.3 million grant, as part of the Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements Program, to the Metro-North Railroad (Metro-North) to support Positive Train Control (PTC) communications testing on the network.

York Regional Council to procure six electric buses, Canada 

February 7, 2019
The York Regional Council in Ontario has approved plans to procure four 12.2-metre (40-foot) battery electric buses from New Flyer Industries (New Flyer) and two battery electric buses of the same length from Nova Bus at a total cost of CAD7.7 million.

Denver RTD secures two FRA approvals for G Line, US 

February 7, 2019
The Regional Transportation District of Denver has received two approvals from the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) for the upcoming G Line.

Siemens to supply 14 LRVs in Houston, US 

February 6, 2019
The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (Metro) in Houston, Texas has awarded a contract to Siemens Mobility to deliver 14 S70 low-floor light rail vehicles (LRVs).

Latin America News

BYD delivers 20 electric buses in Guayaquil, Ecuador 

February 8, 2019
China-based BYD has delivered a fleet of 20 electric buses of K9 model in Ecuador under a USD7.7-million contract secured in November 2018.

Teltronic to upgrade communications system of Porto Alegre Metro, Brazil 

January 31, 2019
Spain-based Teltronic has secured a contract from Trensurb, the operator of Porto Alegre Metro, to replace the analogue communication system of the metro network with the TETRA communications system.

OHL to construct Santiago Metro Line 3 extension, Chile [free access]

January 31, 2019
Spain-based Obrascón Huarte Lain (OHL) S.A. has secured a EUR32-million contract from Empresa de Transporte de Pasajeros Metro S.A., the developer and operator of Santiago Metro, to construct a 0.7-km long extension of Line 3.

Ardanuy Ingenieria and FGC to audit Regiotram project, Colombia 

January 29, 2019
A consortium of Spain-based Ardanuy Ingenieria and FGC has secured a COP5.50 trillion (USD1.18 billion) contract to audit the Regiotram project in Cundinamarca, Colombia.

Asia Pacific News

Chennai Metro Phase I fully operational; Ahmedabad Metro Phase II approved, India 

February 12, 2019
Chennai Metro Phase I has been fully operationalised and the Government of India has approved Phase II of Ahmedabad Metro.

Siemens Mobility to electrify Singapore MRT lines 

February 11, 2019
Germany-based Siemens Mobility has secured a SGD111-million contract from Land Transport Authority (LTA) to electrify Circle Line Stage 6 and the North East Line extension of Singapore Mass Rapid Transit (MRT).

PPP model approved for Bangkok MRT Orange Line western section, Thailand [free access]

February 11, 2019
Thailand’s National Economic and Social Development Council (NESDC) has approved development of the Bangkok Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) Orange Line western section on public-private partnership (PPP) basis.

Indian states allocate funds for metro, buses and commuter rail 

February 11, 2019
The state governments of Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu have allocated a total of INR91.46 billion for development and expansion of public transport system in their respective states.

Europe News

263 clean buses to be deployed across England and Wales 

February 7, 2019
The Department for Transport (DfT) has announced an investment of GBP48 million for deployment of 263 new ultra-low emission buses (243 electric and 20 hydrogen) and charging infrastructure across England and Wales.

EC rejects Alstom-Siemens merger 

February 6, 2019
The European Commission (EC) has blocked the proposed acquisition of Alstom by Siemens under the European Union (EU) Merger Regulation after Phase II of its investigation, stating that the companies did not offer sufficient remedies to address the concerns that the merger may reduce competition in the rolling stock and signalling markets.

Stadler to supply up to 80 LRVs in Milan, Italy 

February 5, 2019
Stadler has secured a EUR213-million contract from Azienda Trasporti Milanesi (ATM) to supply up to 80 light rail vehicles (LRVs).

DOVU to provide blockchain solutions to Go-Ahead [free access]

February 4, 2019
DOVU has tied up with Go-Ahead Plc to provide cryptocurrency rewards to customers when they share their travel information and habits and to incentivise changes in passenger behaviour.

Middle East & Africa News

DAT launches smartcards and ticketing system for buses in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire 

February 12, 2019
Côte d’Ivoire-based Digital Afrique Telecom (DAT) has deployed contactless smartcards and near field communication (NFC) based ticket validators for buses operated by SOTRA in Abidjan.

GAM launches tenders for Amman–Zarqa BRT, Jordan 

February 9, 2019
The Greater Amman Municipality (GAM) has launched tenders for the development of the Amman–Zarqa bus rapid transit (BRT) system.

Zamtel launches mobile ticketing for public transport, Zambia 

February 8, 2019
Zamtel, the government-owned telecommunications operator in Zambia, has signed an agreement with Mazhandu Family Bus Services, the operator of public transport buses in Zambia, to launch free Wi-Fi and QR code-based mobile ticketing services.

Vectalia launches public bus services in Safi, Morocco 

February 2, 2019
Spain-based Vectalia has commenced public bus services in the city of Safi under a contract secured in September 2018.