Light rail industry news

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

Plzeň transport operator PMDP and the European Investment Bank have signed a €50m loan agreement.

Trams, trolleybuses and a greener depot for Plzeň

05 Jul 2019

CZECH REPUBLIC: Plzeň transport operator PMDP and the European Investment Bank have signed a €50m loan agreement which will be used to finance the purchase of 34 trams and approximately 34 trolleybuses to replace existing ... more

Uraltransmash has unveiled its fully low-floor Type 71-418 tram.

Uraltransmash unveils low-floor tram

05 Jul 2019

RUSSIA: Uraltransmash unveiled its fully low-floor Type 71-418 tram on July 3, ahead of displaying the vehicle at the Innoprom-2019 trade fair which is to be held in Yekaterinburg on July 8-11.   The Type 71-418 is an ... more

Stadtwerke München has exercised options worth more than €200m for Siemens Mobility to supply a further 73 four-section Avenio trams.

München orders 73 trams

04 Jul 2019

GERMANY: München’s municipally-owned utility company Stadtwerke München has exercised options worth more than €200m for Siemens Mobility to supply a further 73 four-section Avenio trams, similar to those already in service. ... more

Metrostav is to build a 900 m long and partly underground extension of Brno tram Route 8 to serve the Bohunice university campus and hospital.

Brno university tram extension contract awarded

04 Jul 2019

CZECH REPUBLIC: The City of Brno has awarded Metrostav a KC1·4bn contract to build a 900 m long and partly underground extension of tram Route 8 to serve the Bohunice university campus and hospital, which are accessed by around ... more

FTA grant for Dallas light rail capacity improvement

02 Jul 2019

USA: Dallas Area Rapid Transit has signed a $61m grant agreement with the Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration for the lengthening of platforms at 28 stops on the Red and Blue lines. The grant announced ... more

Bogestra has ordered a further eight Variobahn trams from Stadler.

Stadler wins further Bogestra tram order

02 Jul 2019

GERMANY: Bochum-Gelsenkirchen transport operator Bogestra has ordered a further eight Variobahn trams from Stadler, exercising an option on an order placed in 2015. The five-section bidirectional low-floor trams will have ... more

The Finch West light rail line is due to open in 2023.

CBTC supplier selected for Finch West light rail line

26 Jun 2019

CANADA: Mosaic Transit Group has selected Thales to supply signalling for the Finch West light rail line being developed in Toronto. Thales is to supply its SelTrac CBTC technology. Last year Greater Toronto & Hamilton Area ... more

The first section of the ION light rail line in the Region of Waterloo was inaugurated on June 21.

Waterloo ION light rail inaugurated

21 Jun 2019

CANADA: The first section of the ION light rail line in the Region of Waterloo was inaugurated on June 21 at a ceremony at Fairway stop in Kitchener. Travel is free until July 1. The 16 km line serves 19 stops on a mostly ... more

Five-year Boston transport investment plan approved

21 Jun 2019

USA: The Massachusetts Department of Transportation and Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority voted on June 18 to approve the 2020-24 capital investment plan. This includes a contribution of $753·7m towards the Red and ... more