Light rail industry news

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

Autonomous tram stabling experiment completed

27 Apr 2017

FRANCE: Paris transport authority RATP and tram supplier Alstom have completed an experiment with a tram which can stable itself in the depot autonomously. The tram uses lidar sensors to detect obstacles, and can react by ... more

Siemens is using 3D printing to reduce its lead times for the supply of customised tram components.

Tram components 3D printed on demand

27 Apr 2017

GERMANY: Siemens is using 3D printing to reduce its lead times for the supply of customised tram components from weeks to days while eliminating the cost of specialised tooling and the need to keep parts in stock. ... more

Work begins on second phase of Karlsruhe tram and road tunnel project

25 Apr 2017

GERMANY: Jazz played on alpenhorns accompanied Baden-Württemberg Transport Minister Winfried Hermann and Lord Mayor of Karlsruhe Frank Mentrup as they attended a groundbreaking ceremony for the second phase of the Kombilösung ... more

The six Urbos trams which CAF is to supply for the light rail line in Newcastle will be equipped with onboard energy storage to permit catenary-free operation.

Catenary-free operation for Newcastle light rail line

25 Apr 2017

AUSTRALIA: The six Urbos trams which CAF is to supply for the light rail line under development in Newcastle will be equipped with onboard energy storage to permit catenary-free operation, New South Wales Minister for Transport ... more

The extension of Bergen’s Bybanen light rail line to the airport was officially opened with a ceremony on April 21.

Bergen airport tram extension opens

24 Apr 2017

NORWAY: The extension of Bergen’s Bybanen light rail line from Birkelandsskiftet to Kokstadflaten and the airport at Flesland was officially opened with a ceremony on April 21. Passenger services started the following day. The ... more

Court backs Bombardier in Ontario LRV dispute

20 Apr 2017

CANADA: Ontario provincial transport authority Metrolinx cannot immediately cancel a contract with Bombardier Transportation for the supply of 182 light rail vehicles without compensating the manufacturer, a court ruled on April ... more

Stadler selected to supply Szeged tram-trains

19 Apr 2017

HUNGARY: National passenger operator MÁV-Start has selected Stadler Rail Valencia to supply eight electro-diesel tram-trains to operate on the planned route between Szeged and Hódmezővásárhely. The order announced on April 18 ... more

Seattle light rail renewable energy agreement signed

19 Apr 2017

USA: Sound Transit has entered into a 10-year agreement with Puget Sound Energy enabling the transport authority to purchase wind-generated energy directly. It hopes to use only renewable energy to power its light rail network ... more

Work has begun on the Tinsley Chord connecting Sheffield Supertram with the main line network.

Sheffield tram-train infrastructure work progresses

18 Apr 2017

UK: Work has started on the Tinsley Chord that will connect Sheffield Supertram with the main line network. The 400 m chord, which includes 160 m of new alignment, will enable tram-train services to run between ... more