Asia & Pacific urban rail news

The latest tram, light rail, metro and commuter railway news from the Asia & Pacific region, including Japan, Australia and southeast Asia.

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

Jakarta light metro systems contract signed

16 Aug 2017

INDONESIA: The railway systems contract has been signed for the first phase of the Jakarta light metro. The 100bn won contract was won by a consortium of Korea Rail Network Authority (business management), Daea TI (signals), ... more

Bombardier Transportation is to supply a total of 72 four-car trainsets to be used on two monorail lines being built in Bangkok.

Bombardier to supply Bangkok monorail vehicles

14 Aug 2017

THAILAND: Bombardier Transportation announced on August 14 that it is to supply driverless rolling stock and signalling for two monorail lines being developed in Bangkok. Northern Bangkok Monorail Co has signed a contract for ... more

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha attended the opening of a 1·2 km extension of Bangkok’s MRT Blue Line from Bang Sue to Tao Poon.

Bangkok Blue Line extension opens

11 Aug 2017

THAILAND: On August 11 Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha attended the opening of a 1·2 km extension of Bangkok’s MRT Blue Line from Bang Sue to Tao Poon. Revenue services were expected to start the following day. The extension ... more

The metro Line 6 rolling stock was signed by  Dhaka Mass Transit Co, Kawasaki Heavy Industries and Mitsubishi.

Dhaka metro ‘no more a dream’ as rolling stock contract signed

09 Aug 2017

BANGLADESH: The metro Line 6 rolling stock and depot contract was signed by project promoter Dhaka Mass Transit Co and a consortium of Kawasaki Heavy Industries and Mitsubishi Corp on August 6. ‘Metro rail is no more a dream, it ... more

CRRC and Siemens consortium to supply Kuala Lumpur light metro trains

03 Aug 2017

MALAYSIA: Project promoter Prasarana announced on August 2 that it had awarded a consortium of CRRC Zhuzhou Locomotive Co, Siemens China and Tegap Dinamik a 1·56bn ringgit contract for the supply of 42 six-car driverless light ... more

Sydney to test driverless shuttle

02 Aug 2017

AUSTRALIA: A two-year trial of a driverless shuttle is due to begin later this month at Sydney Olympic Park, the New South Wales government announced on August 2. Testing of a driverless shuttle supplied by Navya will shortly ... more

Singapore – Malaysia Rapid Transit System agreement to be signed this year

02 Aug 2017

ASIA: The bilateral agreement enabling the construction of the Johor Bahru – Singapore Rapid Transit System is expected to be signed by December 2017 and passenger services are planned to start by December 31 2024, the ... more

First CBD & South East tram delivered to Sydney

01 Aug 2017

AUSTRALIA: Transport for New South Wales took delivery of first of 60 Citadis X05 trams that Alstom is supplying to operate on the CBD & South East Light Rail line in Sydney on August 1. The ALTRAC Light Rail consortium has ... more