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North America News

Bombardier unveils first LRV for Waterloo-Kitchener LRT 

February 16, 2017
Bombardier Transportation has unveiled the first light rail vehicle (LRV) for the Waterloo-Kitchener light rail transit (LRT) system.

New Flyer to supply 300 natural gas buses to Miami-Dade Transit [free access]

February 15, 2017
New Flyer has secured a USD159-million contract to supply 300 40-foot (12.19-metre) long Xcelsior (R) compressed natural gas (CNG) buses to Miami-Dade Transit in 2017 and 2018.

Ballard to supply fuel cell engines for AC Transit and OCTA hydrogen buses, California 

February 14, 2017
Ballard Power Systems (Ballard) has secured a contract to supply 20 FCveloCity-HD 85-kilowatt fuel cell engines to New Flyer of America (New Flyer) for the 40-foot (12.19-metre) long Xcelsior XHE40 fuel cell buses.

FTA withholds funds awaiting WMATA Metrorail SSOP 

February 10, 2017
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has withheld 5 per cent of the 2017 fiscal year (FY) transit formula funds for the District of Columbia (DC), Maryland and Virginia regions until it certifies a new State Safety Oversight Program (SSOP) for Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s (WMATA) Metrorail.

Latin America News

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.

STC Metro declares annual system maintenance costs 

February 15, 2017
Sistema de Transporte Colectivo (STC), the government body responsible for the Mexico City Metro system, has announced that it requires MXN6 billion per year to maintain the services of the metro system.

Cochabamba LRT to begin construction, Bolivia 

February 10, 2017
Spain-based Joca Ingeniería y Construcciones (JOCA) is expected to begin construction on the light-rail transit (LRT) line in Cochabamba, Bolivia, in March 2017.

Transantiago to deploy new buses, Chile 

February 10, 2017
Santiago’s Directorio de Transporte Público Metropolitano (DTPM)/Metropolitan Public Transport Board has announced plans to deploy new buses on the Transantiago transport system.

Asia Pacific News

YRTA to deploy integrated fare system, Myanmar 

February 20, 2017
Yangon Region Transport Authority (YRTA) has announced plans to launch Yangon Payment System (YPS) cards by April 2017 on the city’s public transport modes and other services.

DTC adds 100 GPS-equipped cluster buses, India 

February 18, 2017
Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) has deployed 100 buses equipped with global positioning system (GPS) to augment the cluster fleet.

NSW announces revised scope for Parramatta Light Rail, Australia 

February 17, 2017
New South Wales (NSW) Transport & Infrastructure has announced the revised scope of work for the Parramatta Light Rail project.

LTA and MyHSR appoints JDP for Kuala Lumpur-Singapore HSR 

February 16, 2017
Singapore’s Land Transport Authority (LTA) and Malaysia’s MyHSR Corporation has appointed a consortium of WSP Engineering Malaysia, Mott MacDonald Malaysia and Ernst & Young Advisory Services as joint development partner (JDP) for the Singapore-Kuala Lumpur high-speed rail (HSR) project.

Europe News

ABB to supply equipment to European rail operators 

February 17, 2017
ABB has secured orders worth USD70 million from Swiss train manufacturer Stadler to supply traction and onboard power equipment to three European rail operators for regional and suburban and intercity routes in Switzerland, Sweden and Hungary.

Ukraine’s Mariupol launches 15 MAZ buses 

February 16, 2017
The Ukrainian city of Mariupol has launched 15 low-floor high-capacity buses manufactured by Minsk Automobile Plant (MAZ trademark).

Arup team wins major HS2 Phase 2 contract 

February 16, 2017
Arup+, an Arup led team including ERM, Foster + Partners, Jacobs, Ramboll, TYPSA and Costain, will be appointed by HS2 Ltd. to be the Environmental Overview Consultant for Phase 2B and provide civil and environmental engineering services for the Nottinghamshire to Leeds and York section of the High Speed 2 line.

SNCF to invest EUR 1.6 billion in Île-de-France network [free access]

February 16, 2017
French railway operator SNCF has announced plans to invest EUR1.6 billion for the modernisation and development of the railway network in the region of Île-de-France in 2017.

Middle East & Africa News

AfDB to finance Abuja BRT 

February 20, 2017
The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in Nigeria is likely to secure a loan of USD100 million from the African Development Bank (AfDB) for development of the bus rapid transit (BRT) system in Abuja.

Haramain HSR to commence full operations in 2018, Saudi Arabia [free access]

February 17, 2017
Haramain high-speed rail (HSR) is expected to commence partial operations in 2017 and full operations in 2018.

Tunnelling work begins on Tel Aviv LRT 

February 17, 2017
Tunnelling work has begun on the Tel Aviv light-rail transit (LRT) Red Line at the Galei Gil site in Ramat Gan.

Jerusalem launches first bus service to Ben-Gurion Airport 

February 15, 2017
Jerusalem’s bus company Afikim, in collaboration with the Transportation Ministry, has introduced the city’s first direct bus service to the Ben-Gurion Airport.