The first phase of the Sydney metro opened on May 26.

Driverless metro line opens in Sydney

28 May 2019

AUSTRALIA: The first heavy metro line in Australia officially opened on May 26 with a day of free travel. The driverless Metro North West Line in Sydney runs from Chatswood to Epping over a converted heavy rail line, then ... more

Impact-absorbing tram front meets EU fire safety standards

27 May 2019

GERMANY: Hübner has launched what it says is the first impact-absorbing material for tram front ends to meet the latest EU fire safety standard EN45545. The 3P Front End System is made from a flexible polyurethane foam with a ... more

Mobility planning software for smarter cities

27 May 2019

UK: ‘Mobility is changing fast but transport decision-making is slow and expensive, based on poor data’, believes Robin North, co-founder and CEO of planning software company Immense Simulations. The company has just raised ... more

An on-demand bus service is set to launch in the south London borough of Sutton on May 28.

GoSutton on-demand bus service ready to launch in south London

24 May 2019

UK: An on-demand bus service is set to launch in the south London borough of Sutton on May 28. GoSutton is a joint project by Transport for London, the ViaVan joint venture of Mercedes-Benz Vans and on-demand transport ... more

Vancouver metro fleet renewal approved

24 May 2019

CANADA: The oldest SkyTrain cars on Vancouver’s automated metro network are to be replaced under a C$1·47bn upgrading and enhancement package unveiled on May 23. Announced by British Columbia’s Minister of Transportation & ... more

The Light Rail Safety Standards Board has been established to facilitate more effective co-operation across the tram sector.

Light Rail Safety Standards Board appointed

24 May 2019

UK: The Light Rail Safety Standards Board has been established to facilitate more effective co-operation across the tram sector. Allocated £1·5m of government funding, it will build on work undertaken by the safety steering ... more

The first phase of a planned circular suburban railway serving Baku and the Abşeron Peninsula was inaugurated by President Ilham Aliyev on May 21.

President inaugurates Baku suburban railway first phase

24 May 2019

AZERBAIJAN: The first phase of a planned circular suburban railway serving Baku and the Abşeron Peninsula was inaugurated by President Ilham Aliyev on May 21. The first phase uses 13·5 km of modernised route eastwards from ... more

Prototype UKVZ Type 71-631 tram in St Petersburg (Photo: Vladmir Waldin).

Krasnodar orders UKVZ trams

24 May 2019

RUSSIA: Sole bidder UKVZ has been declared the winner of a 284m rouble contract to supply four six-axle three-section 70% low floor tram cars to Krasnodar city transport operator KTTU. The single-sided Type 71-631-04 vehicles ... more

RATP Dev selected to operate Brest network

23 May 2019

FRANCE: The municipality of Brest has selected RATP Dev to operate its local transport network from July 1 under a contract running until the end of 2027. RATP Dev replaces Keolis as the concession ... more

Transport for London is to begin collecting depersonalised wi-fi data from passengers’ mobile devices to obtain a better understanding of how people travel around the London Underground network.

Transport for London to use wi-fi data to understand passenger flows

23 May 2019

UK: Transport for London is to begin collecting depersonalised wi-fi data from passengers’ mobile devices to obtain a better understanding of how people travel around the London Underground network. A four-week pilot scheme in ... more

Den Haag residents can cast their vote on board a tram during the Dutch elections to the European Parliament.

Polling station on a tram for the European election

23 May 2019

NETHERLANDS: Den Haag residents can cast their vote on board a tram during the Dutch elections to the European Parliament on May 23. City transport operator HTM is operating the mobile polling station on Route 9 between ... more

Two São Paulo suburban lines to be tendered

22 May 2019

BRAZIL: Tenders are to be called in September for contracts to operate lines 8 and 9 of São Paulo’s CPTM suburban network under a PPP structure. The two operating contracts are to be awarded by the end of the year, according ... more