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North America News


MBTA issues draft RfP for Green Line extension; final RfP in May 2017 

March 17, 2017
The Massachusetts Bay Transport Authority (MBTA) has released a draft request for proposal (RfP) for the Boston Green Line extension.

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.

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.

US proposes major cuts in transit infrastructure financing 

March 16, 2017
The United States federal government has reduced funding for the Department of Transportation by 13 per cent in the proposed 2017 budget.



Latin America News


Bids invited to develop BRT system in São Paulo, Brazil 

March 20, 2017
Bids have been invited to develop a bus-rapid transit (BRT) system in Sorocaba, São Paulo.

SHCP allocates funds for Monterrey Metro Line 3, tenders for stations expected soon 

March 16, 2017
The Secretaría de Hacienda y Crédito Público (SHCP) has allocated MXN300 million for the completion of Monterrey Metro Line 3 construction.

Mexico government to invest USD253 million to upgrade public transport 

March 14, 2017
Mexico’s Government has announced plans to invest USD253 million to upgrade the country’s public transport system.

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.



Asia Pacific News


Tokyu Corporation to upgrade Tokyu Den-en-toshi Line fleet, Japan 

March 21, 2017
Tokyu Corporation, the operator of Tokyu Den-en-toshi commuter rail line, has announced plans to deploy three 10-car electric multiple units (EMUs) on the line by 2018.

PTV commences upgrade of the Hurstbridge Line, Australia 

March 21, 2017
Public Transport Victoria has commenced works for service frequency increase on the Hurstbridge Line in Melbourne, Australia.

Shanghai Sheen Long to manufacture and operate intercity buses in Sindh, Pakistan 

March 20, 2017
China-based Shanghai Sheen Long Transport Company has announced plans to develop intercity bus services in five cities of Sindh including Karachi, Hyderabad, Sukkur, Larkana and Khairpur.

Keelung to get tramline to Taipei, China 

March 20, 2017
China’s Ministry of Transportation and Communications has announced plans to construct a tramline between Keelung and the Nangang District in Taipei by 2020.



Europe News


London Midland selects 10 start-ups for developing passenger facilitation technologies 

March 17, 2017
UK-based train operating company, London Midland, has selected ten start-up companies to develop technology-based solutions for improving passenger experience.

Alstom begins test runs for first hydrogen-powered passenger trains 

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.

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.



Middle East & Africa News


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 [free access]

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.

Lagos to invest in bus fleet upgrade 

March 16, 2017
The Lagos city government has announced plans to invest USD97 million in replacing its existing Danfo buses (yellow buses) with 5,000 air-conditioned buses over a period of three years.

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.