Light rail industry news

The latest light rail, tram, trolley and streetcar news from around the world.

Alstom is supplying a fleet of Citadis Compact trams to Avignon.

Avignon tramway on test

02 May 2019

FRANCE: Test running has started on the Avignon tramway, ahead of planned opening to passengers in October. The 5·4 km route from Porte Saint-Roche in the city centre to Saint-Chamand in the southeast will serve 10 stops, ... more

Metro do Porto is to order 18 light rail vehicles to augment its current fleet of 102.

CRRC, Siemens and Škoda bid for Porto LRV contract

01 May 2019

PORTUGAL: Metro do Porto has received three bids for a contract to supply 18 light rail vehicles, the authority announced on April 30. Metro do Porto called tenders in December for the contract with an estimated value of ... more

A groundbreaking ceremony on April 29 marked the start of work on an extension of Karlsruhe tram Route 2 to Knielingen Nord.

Work begins on Karlsruhe tram extension

01 May 2019

GERMANY: A groundbreaking ceremony at the site of the future Egon-Eiermann-Allee stop marked the start of work on a tram extension in Karlsruhe on April 29. The 1·5 km extension of Route 2 running north from the current ... more

The first phase of the Aarhus Letbane light rail network was completed with the entry into service of the last sections on April 30.

Aarhus Letbane Phase 1 completed

30 Apr 2019

DENMARK: The first phase of the Aarhus Letbane light rail network was completed with the entry into service of the last sections on April 30. The 69 km single-track railway between Aarhus H and Grenna to the northeast has ... more

King Philippe has unveiled a mock-up of the next-generation Bombardier Flexity tram for Brussels.

King unveils Brussels tram mock-up

30 Apr 2019

BELGIUM: On the occasion of the 150th anniversary of trams in Brussels, King Philippe unveiled a mock-up of the next-generation Flexity tram on April 30. City transport operator STIB signed a €480m framework contract with ... more

Transtech is supplying 19 ForCity Smart Artic trams for the Tampere project.

VR Group to operate Tampere tramway

29 Apr 2019

FINLAND: Tampere’s Municipal Public Transport Committee has selected national railway VR Group to operate the tramway being developed in the city. Six parties prequalified for the contract: VR Group, Stockholms Spårvägar, ... more

Pesa is to supply 15 more Jazz Duo trams to Gdańsk.

Gdańsk tram purchase to be funded from late delivery fines

26 Apr 2019

POLAND: Gdańsk tram operator GAiT is purchasing 15 more Jazz Duo trams from Pesa, the city authorities announced on April 25. The order forms an option on a contract signed in February 2018. Due to arrive by the end of 2020, ... more

Istanbul currently has two heritage tramways.

Istanbul plans third heritage-style tramway

23 Apr 2019

TURKEY: Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality has announced plans to build a new heritage-style tram line. The 2·2 km route planned for the Esenler district would connect Menderes station on metro Line M1B with Yıldız ... more

The first stage of the light rail line in Canberra has opened.

Canberra light rail line opens

23 Apr 2019

AUSTRALIA: The first stage of the light rail line in Canberra opened to passengers on April 20, with two days of free travel. Linking Alinga Street in the city centre with Gungahlin Place to the north, the 12 km route ... more