Light rail industry news

The latest light rail, tram, trolley and streetcar news from around the world.

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

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

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

Izmit tramway opens

19 Jun 2017

TURKEY: Governor of Kocaeli province İbrahim Karaosmanoğlu inaugurated the Akçaray tram line in Izmit on June 17. The 7·4 km route with 11 stops links Sekapark in the west with Otogar in the east via the city’s railway ... more

Kyiv orders more Elektron trams

14 Jun 2017

UKRAINE: Kyiv tram operator Kyivpastrans has announced that Elektrontrans has submitted the best offer to supply seven 100% low-floor trams to operate on the city’s 1 524 mm gauge network. The supplier’s offer of 301m ... more

Revenue service on the Zhuhai tramway started on June 6.

Zhuhai tramway enters revenue service

13 Jun 2017

CHINA: Revenue service on the Zhuhai tramway began on June 6. The 8·9 km line with 14 stops runs from Haitan Park to Shangchong, where depot is located. Trial running had started in November 2014. Services are operated ... more