Light rail industry news

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

Transport for West Midlands is to take over the day-to-day operations of the Midland Metro light rail line.

Transport for West Midlands to take Midland Metro in-house

22 Mar 2017

UK: Transport for West Midlands is to take over the day-to-day operations of the Midland Metro light rail line when the current contract held by National Express ends in October 2018. ‘Metro is embarking on an unprecedented ... more

Trump budget proposes cuts to urban transport grants

19 Mar 2017

USA: In a blueprint for its proposed Financial Year 2018 budget, the Trump administration is planning to cut funding for the Department of Transportation to $16bn, a 13% reduction on that available for FY2017. Under the ... more

Valley Metro renews operating contract

17 Mar 2017

USA: Valley Metro has approved a five-year extension to Alternate Concepts Inc’s contract to operate the 42 km light rail network centred on Phoenix. ACI has operated the line for Valley Metro since before the opening in ... more

Vityaz-M trams enter service in Moscow

17 Mar 2017

RUSSIA: Two prototype Vityaz-M trams entered revenue service in Moscow on March 17. They had arrived at arrived at the Bauman depot on January 27. Moscow tram operator Mosgortrans ordered 300 three-section trams from a ... more

Taking a regional approach to journey planning

16 Mar 2017

FRANCE: The Syndicat Mixte Intermodal Régional de Transports grouping of transport authorities in northern France has become the first organisation to deploy Conduent’s Mobility Companion Platform. The journey planner aims to ... more

Helsinki tests mock-up longer tram

15 Mar 2017

FINLAND: Helsinki transport operator HKL is using a full-scale tram mock-up to identify what infrastructure changes would have to be made to enable longer trams to run on its network. Night testing started on March 14 using a ... more

Boston’s PCC streetcars to be overhauled

14 Mar 2017

USA: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority plans to overhaul its fleet of PCC streetcars. The $7·9m overhaul and aims to extend the life of the vehicles, which have been in service since the mid-1940s. The work is expected ... more

Foshan hydrogen fuel cell tram contract signed

10 Mar 2017

CHINA: CRRC Qingdao Sifang is to supply eight hydrogen fuel cell trams for a route being developed in Foshan, the supplier announced on March 9. Each tram will have capacity for 285 passengers and a maximum speed of ... more

Ekova and Cegelec complete Göteborg tram refurbishment

08 Mar 2017

SWEDEN: Czech firms Ekova Electric and Cegelec Praha have completed the refurbishment of 79 M31 trams for Göteborg, with the last handed back to operator Göteborgs Spårvägar on March 7. Work began in June 2011 following the ... more