Urban rail technology news

News about the last urban technology and innovations around the world.

Rhein-Ruhr transport authority VRR has awarded Transdev a contract to manage its ticket distribution systems (Photo: VRR).

Rhein-Ruhr ticketing contract awarded

23 Mar 2017

GERMANY: Following a European tender, Rhein-Ruhr transport authority VRR has awarded Transdev a contract to manage its ticket distribution systems for 11 years from December 1 2019, when the current contract held by Deutsche Bahn ... more

Freiburg offers electric cargo bike hire

17 Mar 2017

GERMANY: Freiburg public transport operator VAG and the Südbaden branch of motoring association ADAC have added two electric cargo bikes to the city’s existing cargo bike hire offering. The city’s free LastenVelo Freiburg cargo ... more

Taking a regional approach to journey planning

16 Mar 2017

FRANCE: The Syndicat Mixte Intermodal Régional de Transports grouping of transport authorities in northern France has become the first organisation to deploy Conduent’s Mobility Companion Platform. The journey planner aims to ... more

BART analyses results of crowd-reduction trial

13 Mar 2017

USA: BART and the San Francisco County Transportation Authority have released preliminary results of the BART Perks pilot, which rewarded passengers who travel outside the morning peak with cash rewards. The six-month trial ran ... more

Alstom and NTL launch Aptis electric bus prototype

10 Mar 2017

FRANCE: Alstom and NTL presented a prototype of the Aptis electric bus at NTL’s factory in Duppigheim in eastern France on March 9. Alstom says that the vehicle is based on a tram design, with roof-mounted equipment and a ... more

Foshan hydrogen fuel cell tram contract signed

10 Mar 2017

CHINA: CRRC Qingdao Sifang is to supply eight hydrogen fuel cell trams for a route being developed in Foshan, the supplier announced on March 9. Each tram will have capacity for 285 passengers and a maximum speed of ... more

Mayor of London Saqiq Khan launched London's first low-emissions bus zone on March 9.

London creates its first low-emission bus zone

09 Mar 2017

UK: The first of 12 low-emission bus zones planned for London’s most polluted streets started operating on March 9. The zone in the southwestern district of Putney will only permit buses achieving strict Euro-6 emissions ... more

Keeping up with ticketing technology

03 Mar 2017

As transport ticketing technology moves ahead at a rapid pace, what are the similarities and differences in cities around the world? ... 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