Light rail industry news

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

Eskişehir ForCity tram delivered

08 Mar 2018

TURKEY: Škoda Transportation has delivered the first of 14 ForCity Classic trams that it is supplying to Eskişehir. The metre-gauge tram is to undergo 2 000 to 3 000 km of dynamic testing in Eskişehir, with some ... more

Private operator begins services on St Petersburg fast tram route

07 Mar 2018

RUSSIA: Passenger services on the initial phase of the fast tram route in St Petersburg began at 07.00 on March 7, making it the city’s first to be operated by a private operator. Travel is free until the end of the month. The ... more

Bern tram project funding approved

06 Mar 2018

SWITZERLAND: Voters in Bern have approved the canton’s financial contribution towards the construction of a new tram line to Ostermundigen. The planned 4·2 km line with 12 stops would link Viktoriaplatz in the centre of ... more

A circular tramway is under construction in Doha’s Msheireb Downtown area.

Doha Msheireb Downtown tramway to open this year

06 Mar 2018

QATAR: A 2 km circular tramway is under construction in Doha’s Msheireb Downtown area with opening planned for September. The tramway will serve a ‘smart city’ which is being developed at cost of US$5·5bn by the Qatar ... more

Stadler to supply light rail vehicles to Cochabamba

02 Mar 2018

BOLIVIA: Stadler signed a contract on February 26 to supply 12 light rail vehicles to a light rail network being developed in Cochabamba. Deliveries are due to begin in August 2019 and Stadler is to provide three years of ... more

Testing begins on Sydney’s CBD & South East Light Rail

26 Feb 2018

AUSTRALIA: Testing has started on the CBD & South East Light Rail line in Sydney, Transport for New South Wales announced on February 25. Night-time testing of an Alstom Citadis X05 light rail vehicle is taking place on a ... more

Modertrans delivers first updated Moderus Beta tram

22 Feb 2018

POLAND: MPK Wrocław has taken delivery of the first of 40 Moderus Beta trams of a new design at its Borek depot. This is the first new-look Moderus Beta tram that Poznań-based supplier Modertrans has produced. The 27% low-floor ... more

Alstom ships first Lusail tram

21 Feb 2018

QATAR: Alstom has shipped the first tram for Lusail from its La Rochelle factory in France. It will travel by ship from the port of Barcelona in Spain to Doha, and is expected to arrive next month. In 2014 Qatar Rail awarded a ... more

Metro do Porto pilots increased passenger capacity

19 Feb 2018

PORTUGAL: Metro do Porto has started a three-month trial of a light rail vehicle with a remodelled interior designed to increase capacity. Growing ridership across the network, which surpassed 60 million passengers 2017, ... more