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Siemens launches digital rail services business in the US [free access]

April 20, 2017
Siemens has launched the digital rail services business in the United States. It will use Railigent, a cloud-based industrial data analytics platform connected to Mindsphere (Siemens Internet of Things operating system) and intelligent sensors to analyse the data generated from the country’s rail systems.

BYD delivers battery-electric buses to Maryland 

April 20, 2017
BYD has delivered three 10.6-metre (35-foot) K9S battery-electric, zero-emission buses to Howard County Transit, a division of the Regional Transit Authority of Central Maryland.

San Antonio VIA deploys five Nova CNG buses; to replace entire fleet with CNG buses by 2020 

April 20, 2017
San Antonio’s VIA Metropolitan Transit (VIA) has deployed the first five compressed natural gas (CNG)-fuelled buses delivered by Canada-based Nova Bus as part of a contract to supply 270 CNG buses.

WMATA unveils capital needs of USD25 billion; launches wireless services on the Red Line 

April 19, 2017
The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) has stated that it has total unfunded capital needs of USD25 billion and requires USD15.5 billion over the next 10 years for critical capital projects.



Latin America News


Panama Metro secures trains from Alstom; to expand fleet 

April 27, 2017
Alstom has delivered the first train for service on Panama Metro Line 1.

Government of São Paulo to invite bids for metro operations PPP, Brazil 

April 24, 2017
The Government of São Paulo has announced plans to invite bids to operate metro Lines 5 and 17 on a public-private partnership (PPP) basis.

Alstom to renew power supply system of Buenos Aires Metro Line B, Argentina 

April 24, 2017
Alstom has secured a EUR17-million contract from Subterráneos de Buenos Aires SE (SBASE) to renew the power supply system on Buenos Aires Metro Line B.

Alstom delivers railcars for Los Teques Metro, Venezuela 

April 20, 2017
Alstom has completed the delivery of Metropolis train sets for the Los Teques Metro system.



Asia Pacific News


MoUD sanctions new mandatory conditions to procure rolling stock and signalling systems for metrorail projects, India 

April 25, 2017
The Ministry of Urban development (MoUD) has announced new mandatory conditions and standardised norms to be incorporated in the procurement of rolling stock; related critical equipment and sub-systems as well as signalling systems for metrorail projects.

SBI-led consortium to supply AFC system; Wilson-led consortium to provide electrification works for Nagpur Metro, India 

April 25, 2017
The consortium of State Bank of India (SBI), SC Soft Private Limited and Aurionpro Solutions Limited has secured a contract to implement EMV-based automated fare collection (AFC) system for the Nagpur Metro.

Work begins on V/Line regional rail connectivity project, Australia 

April 24, 2017
Government of Victoria and mobile network operators, Telstra, Optus and Vodafone, have announced plans to implement the AUD18-million regional rail connectivity project.

Tobu Railway deploys Kawasaki trains on Limited Express SPACIA, Japan 

April 21, 2017
Japan’s Tobu Railway has deployed a new fleet of eight 500-series three-car electric multiple units (EMUs) to expand service on the Limited Express SPACIA network.



Europe News


Siemens Mobility to deploy Stratasys 3D printing technology for production of rail parts 

April 24, 2017
Siemens Mobility has announced plans to deploy 3D printing technology delivered by Stratasys Limited to produce customised final production parts for the Stadtwerke Ulm/Neu Ulm (SWU) Verkehr GmbH in Germany.

Three consortia prequalified for Raide-Jokeri LRT, Finland 

April 24, 2017
Three consortia have prequalified for the design and construction of the Raide-Jokeri light rail transit (LRT) line, which will connect Helsinki to the neighbouring city of Espoo.

Solaris to deliver articulated buses to Connexxion, Netherlands 

April 21, 2017
Netherlands-based transport company, Connexxion (part of Transdev), has ordered 40 new Urbino 18 articulated buses from Poland-based Solaris.

HS2 Limited launches rolling stock tenders for Phase I; awards contract for Phase IIB 

April 20, 2017
HS2 Limited has launched tenders for a GBP2.75 billion contract to design, build and maintain 60 trainsets for the High Speed 2 (HS2) project.



Middle East & Africa News


Shiraz Metro Line 1 extension opens, Iran 

April 27, 2017
Operations have commenced on the Shiraz Metro Line 1 Phase I Extension.

Preliminary studies for Casa Tramway Lines 3 and 4 to be completed in June 2017 

April 25, 2017
Casablanca Transports has announced that preliminary studies for Casa Tramway Lines 3 and 4 are expected to be completed by June 2017.

Operations bids submitted for Tel Aviv LRT Red Line, Israel [free access]

April 21, 2017
Three consortia have submitted bids to operate the light-rail transit (LRT) Red Line in Tel Aviv for a period of 10 years.

Tangier-Casablanca HSR to open in 2018 

April 21, 2017
Morocco’s national rail operator Office National des Chemins de Fer du Maroc (ONCF) has announced that construction work on Tangier-Casablanca high-speed rail (HSR) line is 86 per cent complete and the line is expected to open in 2018.