Light rail industry news

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

Nanjing’s Qilin Line opens to passengers

01 Nov 2017

CHINA: The Qilin Line tram route in Nanjing began trial passenger operation on October 31. Test running started last year on the 9 km route, which links Maqun station on metro Line 2 with Wang Wu Zhuang. There are 13 stops, ... more

Tramwaje Szczecińskie orders Modertrans tram kits

31 Oct 2017

POLAND: Tramwaje Szczecińskie has selected sole bidder Modertrans to supply two Moderus Beta trams kits for assembly by TS at its workshops. The first kit is to be delivered within 90 days, with the second to come by the end of ... more

Fuel cell tram enters service in Tangshan

28 Oct 2017

CHINA: A hydrogen fuel tram entered commercial service in Tangshan on October 26. Built by CRRC Tangshan, the low-floor tram runs along an 13·8 km route that includes part of the Tang Xu railway. The tram can run up to ... more

CAF to supply more trams to Stockholm

27 Oct 2017

SWEDEN: CAF has won a further tram order from Stockholm transport authority Storstockholms Lokaltrafik, the company announced on October 25. The €37m contract for 12 trams includes 10 three-section trams for the Tvärbana line, ... more

Alstom to supply more trams to Rabat

27 Oct 2017

MOROCCO: Société des Transports de Rabat-Salé has signed a €45m contract with Alstom for the supply of 22 Citadis trams, the manufacturer announced on October 26. The 32 m long low-floor vehicles will run in coupled pairs ... more

Metro do Porto operating concession awarded

26 Oct 2017

PORTUGAL: Barraqueiro SGPS has been selected for a contract to operate and maintain the Metro do Porto light rail network in 2018-25. The contract was awarded on the basis of the lowest bid following an international tender, ... more

Rio de Janeiro tram extension opens

25 Oct 2017

BRAZIL: A 1·9 km extension of the VLT Carioca tram network in Rio de Janeiro opened on October 21 between Gamboa/Pereira Reis junction and Saara. The extension includes a 350 m tunnel and takes Line 2 to 9·7 km ... more

Keolis to take over tram and bus operations in Besançon

23 Oct 2017

FRANCE: Greater Besançon municipality has awarded Keolis a seven-year contract to operate the city’s Ginko network of trams and buses. The contract running from January 1 2018 is expected to generate total revenue of €248·5m. ... more

San Diego MTS keeps playing the naming rights game

20 Oct 2017

USA: San Diego Metropolitan Transit System announced a naming rights deal for the Green Line on October 19. The 38 km route with 27 stops will be known as the Sycuan Green Line as part of the deal with Sycuan Casino. MTS ... more