Urban rail project news

News about urban rail projects around the world.

Finch West funding announced

26 Jun 2017

CANADA: The federal and Ontario governments announced funding for the Finch West light rail project in Toronto on June 23. Ontario is to provide C$1·2bn, with the federal government supplying up to C$333m. The 11 km light ... more

Hangzhou metro Line 5 concession agreement signed

26 Jun 2017

CHINA: Hangzhou municipal government, Hangzhou Metro Group and MTR Corp signed a PPP concession agreement on June 26 for the construction and operation of Hangzhou metro Line 5. Hangzhou Metro Group will fund and undertake the ... more

Sydney Harbour metro tunnel contract awarded

26 Jun 2017

AUSTRALIA: The New South Wales government has awarded a A$2·81bn civil works contract for the construction of the Sydney metro cross-harbour tunnel to a joint venture of John Holland (45%), CPB Contractors (45%) and Ghella (10%). ... more

Phoenix light rail extension contractor chosen

23 Jun 2017

USA: Valley Metro has approved the appointment of Kiewit as the construction manager for the South Central extension of the light rail network serving Phoenix. Construction on the extension from central Phoenix to Baseline Road ... more

Fori Imperiali tram route approved

23 Jun 2017

ITALY: The Cultural Heritage Ministry’s body responsible for protecting the area around Roma’s Colosseum has approved the construction of a catenary-free tram line on Via dei Fori Imperiali. The long-planned link would connect ... more

A Class 345 EMU entered passenger service on the TfL Rail route in London on June 22.

First Class 345 EMU enters passenger service in London

22 Jun 2017

UK: The first of 66 Class 345 electric multiple-units for London’s future Elizabeth Line entered passenger service on June 22. TfL Rail is initially operating one off-peak return trip per day between Liverpool Street and ... more

London transport strategy targets zero emissions by 2050

21 Jun 2017

UK: Mayor of London Sadiq Khan published his first draft transport strategy on June 21. It is open for public consultation until October 2. Noting that the city’s population is set to expand from 8·7 million to ... more

Phase 1 of the Bangalore metro has been completed with the inauguration of the southern section of the Green Line.

Bangalore metro Phase 1 completed

19 Jun 2017

INDIA: Phase 1 of the Bangalore metro was completed on June 17 with the inauguration of the southern section of the Green Line. Passenger services started the following day. The 12 km extension from Sampige Road to ... more

Kochi metro opens

19 Jun 2017

INDIA: Revenue services on the first phase of the Kochi metro started on June 19, two days after an official inauguration by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The 13 km section from Aluva to Palarivattom forms the northern ... more