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North America News


Metrolinx issues RfQs for Barrie GO Line upgrade, Canada [free access]

June 19, 2017
Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and Metrolinx have issued a request for qualifications (RFQ) to construct and finance the Barrie GO Rail Corridor Expansion – Grading project in Ontario.

Test runs begin on commuter rail G-Line in Denver, United States 

June 19, 2017
Regional Transportation District of Denver (RTD) and Denver Transit Partners (DTP) have commenced test runs on the G Line (Gold Line).

Siemens to supply LRVs for Phoenix, United States 

June 19, 2017
Siemens has secured a contract to supply 11 new S70 light-rail vehicles (LRVs) for Valley Metro Rail (Valley Metro) in Phoenix, United States.

Duos Technologies to provide intrusion detection technology for NYCT 

June 16, 2017
Duos Technologies Group has a received letter of intent (LoI) from New York City (NYC) Transit to provide a turnkey system to test and evaluate new technologies that issue warning when persons or objects enter into NYCT system's tracks.



Latin America News


CPTM begins test runs on São Paulo suburban EMUs 

June 19, 2017
Brazil's São Paulo state metropolitan rail company, CPTM, has begun test runs on the first Class 9500 electric multiple-units (EMUs) supplied by Hyundai Rotem.

Test runs begin on Mexico-Toluca intercity line 

June 16, 2017
Test runs have begun on the Mexico-Toluca intercity line between Zinacantepec and Pino Suárez stations.

EIB to fund Buenos Aires modernisation, Argentina [free access]

June 13, 2017
The European Investment Bank (EIB) has announced plans to provide EUR89 million for rehabilitation of the Buenos Aires Metro system.

Mexico federal government to allocate funds for Mexico Metro Line 9 extension 

June 9, 2017
Mexico federal government is expected to allocate MXN90 million (USD4.94 million) for the extension of Mexico Metro Line 9.



Asia Pacific News


BMTC deploys open loop bank cards and hi-tech buses, India 

June 19, 2017
The Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) has deployed RuPay contactless smart cards in collaboration with Axis Bank and National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI).

LTA’s Tuas West Extension opens, Singapore 

June 18, 2017
Singapore’s Land Transport Authority (LTA) has commenced commercial operations on the Tuas West Extension (TWE) of the East-West Line.

HCMC BRT to begin construction by August 2018, Vietnam 

June 17, 2017
Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) Department of Transport has announced plans to commence construction of the bus rapid transit (BRT) system by August 2018.

Indian railways to deploy Japanese trains on Mumbai-Ahmedabad HSR, India 

June 17, 2017
Indian Railways has announced that E5 Shinkansen series high-speed trains from Japan will be deployed for service on the country’s first high-speed rail (HSR) line, the Mumbai-Ahmedabad HSR.



Europe News


Südostbahn to pilot driverless ATO in Switzerland 

June 16, 2017
Switzerland-based railway company, Südostbahn AG (SOB), has launched a pilot project to deploy fully automatic train operation (ATO) systems on its inter-city rail line.

Poland to award all EU-funded rail modernisation contracts by end-2019 

June 16, 2017
Polish state-owned rail infrastructure management company PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe (PKP PLK) SA has announced plans to sign all contracts for its rail modernisation programme by end-2019.

VolkerRail to maintain Amsterdam area rail tracks from October 2017 

June 14, 2017
Netherlands-based infrastructure manager, ProRail, has selected UK-based VolkerRail to undertake day-to-day track maintenance for the Amsterdam area rail network for a five-year period, beginning October 1, 2017.

De Lijn confirms CAF for largest tram contract [free access]

June 14, 2017
Belgian public transport company, De Lijn, has selected Spain-based Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles (CAF) to supply 24 low-floor trams.



Middle East & Africa News


Bombardier to study Nasr City-New Cairo Monorail, Egypt 

June 19, 2017
Egypt’s New Urban Communities Authority (NUCA) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Bombardier Transportation to conduct the economic and financial feasibility study of a planned monorail system from Nasr City to New Cairo.

BYD delivers all electric bus to Shiraz, Iran 

June 19, 2017
China’s BYD has delivered the first all-electric bus to Shiraz Municipality in Iran.

Thales secures fare collection contract for Cairo Metro Line 3 extension, Egypt 

June 16, 2017
Thales has secured two fare collection contracts for Cairo Metro Line 3 extensions. The company will integrate its TransCity systems with existing infrastructure, which comprises 70 automatic vending machines, 177 ticket office machines, 50 portable ticket control terminals, and 460 automated access gates.

RATP Dev secures O&M contract for Casablanca Tram, Morocco 

June 16, 2017
Casa Transport has awarded a 12-year operations and management (O&M) contract to RATP Dev for the Casablanca tram.