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CRRC begins construction of railcar plant in Chicago 

March 17, 2017
CRRC Sifang America, a unit of China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation (CRRC), has started construction of its USD100-million manufacturing plant in Chicago.

Siemens to replace power system of Santa Clara LRT 

March 17, 2017
Siemens has secured a contract from the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) to provide the power system for the Guadalupe Corridor light-rail line.

Alternate Concepts to continue to operate Phoenix LRT 

March 16, 2017
Alternate Concepts Incorporated (ACI) has secured a renewal contract from Valley Metro Rail to operate the Phoenix light-rail transit (LRT) system.

Hill International and CH2M secure consultancy contracts from Valley Metro, Phoenix 

March 2, 2017
Hill International (prime) and CH2M (principal sub-consultant) have secured a five-year contract from Valley Metro Rail in Phoenix for programme and construction management consultancy for the upcoming streetcar project and the 8-km (5-mile) light-rail extension project.

Latin America

AT&T Mexico to provide telecommunication services for Mexico City Metro 

March 10, 2017
AT&T Mexico, a subsidiary of US-based AT&T, has secured a contract from the Mexico City government to provide 4G LTE communication and Wi-Fi network services for the Mexico City Metro system.

Panamá Metro to receive Alstom railcars for Line 1 in April 2017; invites bids for pre-feasibility studies of Lines 4 and 5 

February 15, 2017
Alstom has announced plans to begin delivery of railcars for Panamá Metro in April 2017.

Ibermática to supply power control systems for Santiago Metro, Chile 

February 10, 2017
Spain-based Ibermática has secured the contract to supply power control systems for the Santiago Metro Lines 3 and 6.

CFE to supply electricity for Mexico Metro 

February 9, 2017
Sistema de Transporte Colectivo (STC) has awarded Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE) a contract to supply electricity through clean technologies for the Mexico Metro Lines 1, 2, 3, 8, 12 and B.

Asia Pacific

AF Payments records three million beep card sales, Philippines 

March 17, 2017
Philippines-based AF Payments Incorporated, a joint venture (JV) of the Metro Pacific Investments Corporation and Ayala Corporation, has sold three million contactless payment cards ‘beep’ since 2015.

Nokia delivers communication systems for Klang Valley MRT, Malaysia 

March 15, 2017
Nokia has supplied a mission-critical communications network to South Korea-based LG CNS, who is providing support for railway operations on the Klang Valley MRT Sg Buloh-Kajang (SBK) Line.

L&T and Afcons to construct underground section of the Ahmedabad-Gandhinagar Metro, India 

March 14, 2017
Larsen & Toubro (L&T) and Afcons Infrastructure Limited have secured a INR16.75-billion contract from Metro Link Express for Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad Company Limited (MEGA) to construct the 6.83-km underground section of the East-West corridor of the Ahmedabad-Gandhinagar Metro.

Qingdao Sifang to supply eight hydrogen fuel cell trams for Foshan Metro, China 

March 10, 2017
China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation (CRRC) Qingdao Sifang has secured a contract from the Government of Foshan to supply eight trams for Foshan Metro.


Nevis Technologies to deploy smart ticketing solution for Lothian Buses 

March 16, 2017
UK-based public bus operator, Lothian Buses, has selected Nevis Technologies, a joint venture of Rambus and Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT), to deliver a smart ticketing solution.

Metrorex awards contract for Bucharest Metro Line M4 extension; launches tender for Line M5 

March 16, 2017
Romania’s Metrorex SA has selected France-based Sixense Soldata for monitoring the effects of Bucharest Metro Line M4 extension Phase I on neighbouring buildings.

Alstom begins test runs for first hydrogen-powered passenger trains [free access]

March 16, 2017
Alstom has begun test runs of its Coradia iLint passenger train, which is the first train to run fully on electricity generated through a hydrogen fuel cell.

Alstom to supply 15 additional TGV Océane train sets to SNCF 

March 10, 2017
Alstom has secured a EUR400 million contract from French railway operator SNCF to supply 15 TGV Océane high-speed train sets for the 343-km LGV Sud-Europe Atlantique (LGV SEA) high-speed rail (HSR) line between Tours and Bordeaux.

Middle East & Africa

Ha’argaz and Merkavim to supply electric buses in Israel 

March 20, 2017
Israel based firms – Ha’argaz and Merkavim – have secured a NIS55-million contract to produce electric buses for the domestic market.

L&T Electrical & Automation secures contract for Doha Metro 

March 20, 2017
Qatar Rail has awarded UAE-based L&T Electrical & Automation the USD76.4-million contract to supply, operate and maintain a building automation and control system (BACS) for 37 stations of the Doha Metro.

Dubai to introduce 2getthere automated buses 

March 16, 2017
Netherland-based 2getthere Company has secured a contract to supply 25 automated buses in Dubai by end-2018.

Thales to provide CBTC for Dubai Metro Red Line 

March 14, 2017
Thales has secured a contract from the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) and Alstom (lead player in the Expolink consortium) to provide communications-based train control (CBTC) signalling system for the existing 52.1-km Red Line and the upcoming 15 km Red Line extension, which is expected to commence operations in 2020.