Both Bangalore metro lines are being extended as part of Phase 2.

Alstom wins Bangalore metro electrification contract

21 Feb 2019

INDIA: Bangalore Metro Rail Corp has awarded Alstom a €71m contract to provide power supplies and electrification for the extension to the city’s two metro lines being built as part of Phase 2 of BMRC’s network development plan. ... more

A southern extension of Wuhan metro Line 2 opened for revenue service on February 19.

Wuhan metro Line 2 extended

21 Feb 2019

CHINA: A southern extension of Wuhan metro Line 2 opened for revenue service on February 19 following three months of test running. The 13·2 km underground extension runs from Optics Valley Square to Fozuling, adding 10 ... more

Urban transport news in brief

19 Feb 2019

A one-station 2 km extension of Tianjin metro Line 5 opened on January 31, serving Beichenkejiyuanbei. Moscow city authorities have approved a 3·1 km northern extension of metro Line 10 from Lianozovo to ... more

Testing on an extension of the Athens tram network  to Piraeus began on February 7.

Trams on test in Piraeus

19 Feb 2019

GREECE: Testing on an extension of the Athens tram network to Piraeus began on February 7. The 5·4 km single-track loop runs through the centre of Piraeus to the port. Starting at Neo Faliro station on metro Line 1, it ... more

Siemens is to modernise signalling on Line A of the Medellín metro.

Siemens to upgrade Medellín metro signalling

19 Feb 2019

COLOMBIA: Siemens Mobility has won a €42m contract to modernise signalling on Line A of the Medellín metro, the company announced on February 19. Siemens is to install the wayside equipment outside operating hours, with the ... more

BYD has signed a PPP contract to build a monorail in Salvador.

BYD signs Salvador monorail contract

19 Feb 2019

BRAZIL: Governor of Bahia Rui Costa has signed a PPP concession with a consortium of BYD Brazil and Metrogreen, which is to build and operate a straddle monorail line in Salvador. The BYD-led consortium had signed an initial ... more

The initial section of the tram line in Busan would be 1·9 km long.

Busan to gain tram line

18 Feb 2019

SOUTH KOREA: A street-running catenary-free light rail line is to be built in Busan, which the government has selected ahead of four other cities for the demonstration project. The Oryukdo Line would run on a north-south route ... more

The light rail line in Newcastle opened to passengers on February 18.

Newcastle light rail line opens

18 Feb 2019

AUSTRALIA: Regular passenger services on the Newcastle light rail line began at 05.05 on February 18, marking the first tram service in the city since the first-generation network closed in 1950. The 2·7 km route serves ... more

Ceremonies were held in Manila on February 15 to mark the start of work on the first phase of the North South Commuter Railway serving the capital’s northern suburbs.

Manila cross-city rail link gets underway

15 Feb 2019

PHILIPPINES: Ceremonies were held in Manila on February 15 to mark the start of work on the first phase of the North South Commuter Railway serving the capital’s northern suburbs. Broadly following the alignment of PNR’s ... more

The tram line would serve the city's railway station at Bassengué. (Photo: Mboupda Talla Roger, CC BY-SA 3.0)

Douala tram project poised to launch

15 Feb 2019

CAMEROON: Construction work on a ‘pilot’ 18 km tram route in the rapidly expanding port city of Douala is expected to start during the first half of this year. This follows signature of an agreement announced on January 30 ... more

The final section of the overall roof for Tokyo Metro’s new Ginza Line station at Shibuya is in place (photos: Akihiro Nakamura).

Tokyo metro’s Shibuya roof in place

14 Feb 2019

JAPAN: The final section of the overall roof for Tokyo Metro’s new Ginza Line station at Shibuya was winched into place on the night of February 6-7, marking a major milestone in the ¥29bn station reconstruction project to ... more

The latest Ina Line train will have a golden topaz colour scheme.

Mitsubishi to adds to the Ina Line’s ‘rainbow’ of trains

13 Feb 2019

JAPAN: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Engineering is to supply one more six-car Model 2020 Automated Guideway Transit rubber-tyred light metro trainset for use on Saitama New Urban Transit Co’s Ina Line in Greater Tokyo. MHI ... more