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.

Further Klang Valley metro contracts awarded

13 Mar 2017

MALAYSIA: MRT Corp announced on March 10 that it had awarded four works packages for the SSP Line which is under construction in the Klang Valley. The contracts include the final three of the 10 viaduct civil works packages to ... more

First metro train arrives in Hanoi

10 Mar 2017

VIETNAM: The first metro train has arrived in Hanoi, and is due to begin test running on the elevated metro Line 2 at the end of September. CRRC is supplying 13 four-car trainsets, with the remaining 12 due to be shipped in ... more

Sydney Trains has extended Downer EDI’s Millennium trains maintenance contract for 10 years.

Sydney Trains extends maintenance contract

08 Mar 2017

AUSTRALIA: Sydney Trains has exercised a A$225m option to extend Downer EDI’s maintenance contract for its fleet of Millennium electric multiple-units for a further 10 years from June 2017. Downer supplied 35 four-car ... more

Singapore Land Transport Authority has issued a request for information seeking the industry’s participation in the use of unmanned aerial vehicles to inspect metro tunnels.

Singapore seeks drone inspection partners

02 Mar 2017

SINGAPORE: Land Transport Authority has issued a request for information seeking the industry’s participation in the use of unmanned aerial vehicles to inspect metro tunnels. Planned automated tunnel inspection trials would ... more

Singapore contactless ticketing pilot to begin in March

01 Mar 2017

SINGAPORE: Land Transport Authority and Mastercard will launch an account-based fare payment pilot on March 20. This will allow passengers to use contactless credit and debit cards for fare payments on the metro and buses. LTA ... more

Tunnelling on the first phase of the Jakarta metro has been completed.

Jakarta metro tunnelling completed

24 Feb 2017

INDONESIA: President Joko Widodo attended a ceremony on February 23 to mark the completion of tunnelling on the Jakarta metro. Boring of the 6 km underground section started in September 2015. Japan Tunnel Systems Corp ... more

10 Delhi Metro stations went over to fully cashless payment on January 1.

Delhi Metro stations go cashless

23 Feb 2017

INDIA: An initial 10 Delhi Metro stations went over to fully cashless payment on January 1, as part of the government’s vision to transform India into a cashless economy. Token and smart card purchase and top-up is now done ... more