A more intelligent journey planner

06 Feb 2019

PLANNING: Siemens’ timetabling and journey planning software business HaCon is developing a module for its travel planning software suite which uses artificial intelligence to learn about a user’s preferences. This could learn ... more

Siemens had previously supplied two batches of light rail vehicles to Houston.

Siemens to supply more light rail vehicles to Houston

06 Feb 2019

USA: Houston Metro has awarded Siemens Mobility a contract to supply 14 S70 low-floor light rail vehicles. The LRVs will be built to an updated design with wider gangways for better passenger flow. To meet Buy America ... more

ECR Chief Executive Simon Pont

Expanding range of onboard sales technology

06 Feb 2019

RETAILING: Electronic point of sale company ECR is expanding from the onboard catering sales sector into ticketing technology, offering machines with a range of communication and ticket reading options, including 4G and wi-fi, 1D ... more

Rotterdam public transport operator RET has deployed app-based mobile ticketing.

All the network’s a stage with ticketing app

05 Feb 2019

NETHERLANDS: Adding the ability to buy theatre and event tickets along with paying for travel is envisaged now that Rotterdam public transport operator RET has deployed an app-based mobile ticketing, payment and validation system ... more

The Cuenca tramway is due to open to passengers in March.

Cuenca tramway to open next month

05 Feb 2019

ECUADOR: The Cuenca tramway is currently in the final acceptance phase and is scheduled to begin revenue service in the first half of March. Test running has been underway since 2015, but completion has been delayed by a series ... more

ITSO on mobile has gone live for public use on the West Midlands Metro tram line.

ITSO on Mobile launched

05 Feb 2019

UK: ITSO on mobile has gone live for public use on the West Midlands Metro tram line, bringing the UK’s transport smart card standard to mobile devices using Google Pay for the first time. Android smartphone users can now use ... more

BYD is supplying 200 K8S buses to Xi'an.

Electric double-decker buses enter service in Xi’an

05 Feb 2019

CHINA: Xi’an put into service 100 electric double-decker buses supplied by BYD on January 30, ahead of the Chinese New Year festival. The K8S vehicles have entered service on routes 284, 608 and 609. A further 100 are due to ... more

Stuttgart is to receive 58 more Class 430 EMUs (Photo: DB/Wolfgang Klee).

Extra Stuttgart S-Bahn EMUs will support ATO project

04 Feb 2019

GERMANY: The Stuttgart regional government has approved the purchase of 58 four-car Class 430 electric multiple-units and the installation of ETCS Level 2 and automatic train operation on the entire S-Bahn fleet. Trains from ... more

The Liège tram project is due to be completed in 2022.

Liège tram loan agreed

04 Feb 2019

BELGIUM: The Tram’Ardent consortium, which is developing the Liège tram project, signed a €200m loan agreement with the European Investment Bank on January 31. The 30-year loan covers just under half of the total project cost ... more

Metrowagonmash most recently supplied metro trains to Baku in 2018.

Metrowagonmash signs Baku metro train contract

04 Feb 2019

AZERBAIJAN: Baku Metropoliten has signed a contract with Transmashholding subsidiary Metrowagonmash for the supply of six five-car metro trainsets, the manufacturer announced on January 31. The first train is scheduled to be ... more

Sanya tram line opens to passengers

04 Feb 2019

CHINA: The initial phase of the first tram line in Sanya on Hainan Island opened for revenue service on January 1. Services are operating on the northern section of the line from Sanya Railway Station to Jiefang Lu, serving six ... more

Public transport in Denver includes a light rail network.

Uber to offer public transport options in Denver

01 Feb 2019

USA: Uber is to offer public transport options in its app to users in Denver. The partnership with Regional Transportation District announced on January 31 will also offer the ability for Uber app users to purchase mobile tickets ... more