Finch West funding announced

26 Jun 2017

CANADA: The federal and Ontario governments announced funding for the Finch West light rail project in Toronto on June 23. Ontario is to provide C$1·2bn, with the federal government supplying up to C$333m. The 11 km light ... more

Hangzhou metro Line 5 concession agreement signed

26 Jun 2017

CHINA: Hangzhou municipal government, Hangzhou Metro Group and MTR Corp signed a PPP concession agreement on June 26 for the construction and operation of Hangzhou metro Line 5. Hangzhou Metro Group will fund and undertake the ... more

Sydney Harbour metro tunnel contract awarded

26 Jun 2017

AUSTRALIA: The New South Wales government has awarded a A$2·81bn civil works contract for the construction of the Sydney metro cross-harbour tunnel to a joint venture of John Holland (45%), CPB Contractors (45%) and Ghella (10%). ... more

Phoenix light rail extension contractor chosen

23 Jun 2017

USA: Valley Metro has approved the appointment of Kiewit as the construction manager for the South Central extension of the light rail network serving Phoenix. Construction on the extension from central Phoenix to Baseline Road ... more

Alstom is to supply another 28 Citadis Spirit light rail vehicles to Ottawa.

Alstom wins second Ottawa light rail vehicle order

23 Jun 2017

CANADA: Ottawa light rail project developer Rideau Transit Group has awarded Alstom a €200m contract to supply 38 Citadis Spirit light rail vehicles for Stage 2 of the O-Train network. The consortium of SNC-Lavalin, ACS ... more

Priority tram signals installed in Moscow

23 Jun 2017

RUSSIA: The first set of traffic signals giving priority to trams has been installed in the east of Moscow at the junction of Shosse Entuziastov and the Third Ring Road. When a tram approaches the road junction, it is detected ... more

Fori Imperiali tram route approved

23 Jun 2017

ITALY: The Cultural Heritage Ministry’s body responsible for protecting the area around Roma’s Colosseum has approved the construction of a catenary-free tram line on Via dei Fori Imperiali. The long-planned link would connect ... more

Tallinn tram modernised

23 Jun 2017

ESTONIA: The first of 14 trams to be refurbished under a €12m contract awarded last year has returned to Tallinn. Czech companies Ekova Electric and Cegelec are modernising two Tatra KT4 trams and 12 Tatra KT6T trams which were ... more

Six bids for Mumbai metro driverless trains

23 Jun 2017

INDIA: Mumbai Metro Rail Corp announced on June 20 that it had received six bids to pre-qualify for a contract to supply driverless trains to operate on Line 3: Hitachi CAF Mitsubishi Corp A ... more

A Class 345 EMU entered passenger service on the TfL Rail route in London on June 22.

First Class 345 EMU enters passenger service in London

22 Jun 2017

UK: The first of 66 Class 345 electric multiple-units for London’s future Elizabeth Line entered passenger service on June 22. TfL Rail is initially operating one off-peak return trip per day between Liverpool Street and ... more

London transport strategy targets zero emissions by 2050

21 Jun 2017

UK: Mayor of London Sadiq Khan published his first draft transport strategy on June 21. It is open for public consultation until October 2. Noting that the city’s population is set to expand from 8·7 million to ... more

New York state proposes taking control of MTA

21 Jun 2017

USA: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on June 20 a proposal to give the state control of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority board. Asserting that ‘the MTA is in a state of crisis’ and that ‘there is no quick or ... more