Light rail industry news

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

More TW3000 LRVs ordered for Hannover

22 Mar 2018

GERMANY: Hannover city transport operator Üstra has ordered a further seven TW3000 light rail vehicles from a consortium of Kiepe Electric and Alstom. Niedersachsen Land transport agency LNVG is financing 50% of the €19·4m cost ... more

Ouargla tramway inaugurated

20 Mar 2018

ALGERIA: Minister of Public Works & Transport Abdelghani Zaalane inaugurated a tram line in Ouargla on March 20. Construction of the 9·7 km route with 16 stops was undertaken by a consortium of Rover Alcisa, Elecnor ... more

Charlotte’s LYNX Blue Line extended

19 Mar 2018

USA: The LYNX Blue Line in Charlotte almost doubled in length on March 16 with the inauguration of a 15 km extension from 7th Street to UNC Charlotte Main. The northwestern extension adds 11 stops and includes a 300 m ... more

Rail Baltica tram feasibility study commissioned for Tallinn

19 Mar 2018

ESTONIA: Rail Baltica project promoter RB Rail and the Ministry of Economic Affairs & Communications have awarded Egis Rail a €171 000 contract to undertake a feasibility and technical study for proposed a tram ... more

Oskemen tram operations suspended

16 Mar 2018

KAZAKHSTAN: Tram operations were suspended in Oskemen on March 12. Debts accumulated by operator Takhami Put led to a limiting of the traction electricity supply. The 16·5 km, 1 524 mm gauge network dating from ... more

Sound Transit picks expansion partners

15 Mar 2018

USA: Seattle-Tacoma transport authority Sound Transit has selected the South County Transit Partners joint venture of Mott MacDonald and SNC-Lavalin to provide project management services for the 11·5 km light-rail extension ... more

Edinburgh tram extension shortlist

13 Mar 2018

UK: City of Edinburgh Council announced on March 13 that it had prequalified four bidders for a contract to build the proposed tram extension to Newhaven. The 4·6 km eastern extension from York Place to Leith and Newhaven ... more

First Innsbruck Regionalbahn LRV rolled out

13 Mar 2018

AUSTRIA: The first Flexity light rail vehicle for Innsbruck’s Regionalbahn project left Bombardier’s factory in Wien on March 12. It is expected to enter service in June on Innsbruck’s metre-gauge network. The city of ... more

Contactless payment to be rolled out to Sydney light rail

12 Mar 2018

AUSTRALIA: Cubic Transportation Systems is to expand its open payment trial in Sydney to include light rail and the entire ferry network, the company announced on March 12. Transport for New South Wales began a contactless ... more