Light rail industry news

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

Hiroshima Rapid Transit Co has awarded Mitsubishi Heavy Industries a contract to supply rubber-tyre trainsets for  the Astram Line.

Hiroshima Rapid Transit orders MHI trainsets

17 Aug 2017

JAPAN: Hiroshima Rapid Transit Co has awarded Mitsubishi Heavy Industries a contract to supply 11 six-car Automated Guideway Transit rubber-tyre trainsets for New Transit Line 1, the Astram Line. They are scheduled to enter ... more

PK TS wins first order for its Varyag tram

16 Aug 2017

RUSSIA: Sole bidder PK Transportnye Systemy is to supply three trams to St Petersburg under a 155m rouble contract signed with operator Gorelektrotrans. PK TS will supply three-section Varyag trams, designated 71-922. This ... more

Cairo fast tram agreement signed

16 Aug 2017

EGYPT: The National Authority for Tunnels signed a US$1·24bn contract on August 15 for the construction of a fast tram route serving greater Cairo. Work is due to start in two to three months and will be carried out by a ... more

Magnitogorsk tram leasing agreement signed

14 Aug 2017

RUSSIA: Magnitogorsk city transport operator Maggortrans signed a hire purchase contract for covering the supply of 15 trams on August 9. Roscosmos subsidiary United Missile & Space Corp was the sole bidder in the tender to ... more

Pesa has submitted the best offer to supply trams to Kraków.

More Pesa trams ordered for Kraków

10 Aug 2017

POLAND: Pesa has submitted the best offer to supply trams to Kraków, operator MPK Kraków announced on August 8. Pesa beat bids from Newag, Škoda and a consortium of Stadler and Solaris. Pesa put in a bid of 299·2m złoty for the ... more

Basel tram operator BVB opened the first phase of an extension into France on July 31.

Basel tram network extended to French border

09 Aug 2017

SWITZERLAND: Basel tram operator BVB opened the first phase of an extension into France on July 31. The 500 m extension of Route 3 from its previous northwestern terminus of Burgfelden Grenze to Burgfelderhof brings it to ... more

Acceptance testing of the first six Metelitsa trams for the fast tram route being developed in St Petersburg started on August 1.

Stadler rolls out first vehicles for St Petersburg fast tram route

08 Aug 2017

RUSSIA: Stadler Minsk, Transportnaya Koncessionnaya Kompanya and LSR Group started acceptance testing of the first six Metelitsa trams for the fast tram route being developed in St Petersburg on August 1. The TKK consortium of ... more

CRRC Qingdao Sifang rolled out a tram equipped with automatic train control on July 28.

CRRC rolls out tram equipped with automatic train control

08 Aug 2017

CHINA: CRRC Qingdao Sifang rolled out a tram equipped with automatic train control on July 28. It is expected to enter passenger service in Foshan next year. The 100% low-floor vehicle is 35·2 m long and 2 650 mm ... more

A memorandum of understanding has been signed for the construction of a second tram line in Bergamo.

Agreement signed for second tram line in Bergamo

07 Aug 2017

ITALY: A memorandum of understanding was signed between the province of Bergamo, tram operator TEB and several municipalities on July 27 for the construction of a second tram line in Bergamo. T2 would branch off the existing T1 ... more