Asia & Pacific urban rail news

The latest tram, light rail, metro and commuter railway news from the Asia & Pacific region, including Japan, Australia and southeast Asia.

Fortescue Metals Group is setting up an R&D centre in Karratha, Western Australia.

Taking autonomous vehicles from mines to cities

22 Mar 2019

AUSTRALIA: Fortescue Metals Group is establishing an R&D centre in Karratha, Western Australia to research autonomous mobility technology for urban environments, the mining company announced on March 21. Fortescue will work ... more

The western section of Hyderabad metro Line 3 was inaugurated on March 20.

Hyderabad metro reaches Hitech City

20 Mar 2019

INDIA: Telangana & Andhra Pradesh Governor E S L Narasimhan, Telangana Chief Secretary S K Joshi and Hyderabad Metro Rail Managing Director N V S Reddy inaugurated the western section of Hyderabad metro Line 3 on March 20. ... more

Passenger-carrying tests on the Jakarta metro began on March 12, ahead of the official opening scheduled for March 26.

Jakarta metro trials carry passengers

14 Mar 2019

INDONESIA: Passenger-carrying tests on the Jakarta metro began on March 12, ahead of the official opening scheduled for March 26. MRT Jakarta expects to carry 28 000 passengers a day during the trial period. Running from ... more

Colombo light rail loan agreement signed

12 Mar 2019

SRI LANKA: The government signed a loan agreement with Japan International Cooperation Agency on March 11 for a planned light rail project in Colombo. The 40-year ¥30·04bn loan has a 12-year grace period, and specifies the use ... more

The first phase of the north-south metro line in Nagpur was inaugurated on March 8.

First metro line in Nagpur inaugurated

11 Mar 2019

INDIA: Nagpur celebrated the opening of its first metro line with two days of free travel following the inauguration of the first phase of the north-south route on March 8. The 11·8 km route runs between Sitabuldi in the ... more

Two metro extensions were inaugurated in Delhi on March 8.

Modi inaugurates two more Delhi metro extensions

11 Mar 2019

INDIA: Prime Minister Narendra Modi officially inaugurated two metro extensions in Delhi on March 8, ahead of their entry into passenger service the following day. Line 1, also known as the Red Line, has been extended by ... more

Completion of the 23 km Phase 1-A of the Lucknow Metro was marked on March 8.

Lucknow Metro corridor completed

08 Mar 2019

INDIA: Completion of the 23 km Phase 1-A of the Lucknow Metro was marked on March 8, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi ceremonially flagged off an inaugural train using remote video-conferencing. Passenger services were scheduled ... more

Volvo has unveiled its first autonomous fully electric bus designed for passenger use, which is to undergo trials on the Nanyang Technological University campus.

Autonomous electric bus ready to be trialled in Singapore

07 Mar 2019

SINGAPORE: Volvo has unveiled its first autonomous fully electric bus designed for passenger use, which is to undergo trials on the Nanyang Technological University campus. The Volvo 7900 Electric bus is equipped with ... more

Max Doors Solutions has installed four sets of Jewers Doors’ Swift-SEW doors at the Canberra light rail depot.

Tram depot doors ready for opening

06 Mar 2019

AUSTRALIA: Max Doors Solutions has installed four sets of Jewers Doors’ Swift-SEW bifolding doors at the maintenance depot on the 12 km Canberra light rail line which is expected to open this year. Sydney-based architect ... more