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.

Hanoi metro carries passengers

24 Sep 2018

VIETNAM: Passenger-carrying tests on Hanoi’s first metro line began on September 20. The fleet of 13 CRRC trains is running at speeds of up to 65 km/h along the elevated 13·1 km route between Cat Linh and Yen Nghia. ... more

Almaty BRT route extended

21 Sep 2018

KAZAKHSTAN: Almaty municipality has inaugurated the second phase of its first bus rapid transit route. Linking the Orbita district with the city centre, the 4 km section doubles the length of the BRT route. Work began earlier ... more

Sydney metro station contract awarded

18 Sep 2018

AUSTRALIA: The New South Wales government has awarded Macquarie Group a A$378·6m contract to develop Martin Place station on the southern section of the future Sydney metro line. Macquarie Group submitted an unsolicited ... more

Harsco wins Singapore metro grinder contract

14 Sep 2018

SINGAPORE: Land Transit Authority has awarded Harsco Rail a contract to supply a 16 stone grinder custom designed for Singapore’s metro network. Modifications include electric motors and a small profile to operate in metro ... more

Busan metro train contract awarded

12 Sep 2018

SOUTH KOREA: Busan Transportation Corp has awarded Hyundai Rotem a 55·6bn won contract for the supply of 48 trainsets for Busan metro Line 1, the manufacturer announced on September 11. Deliveries from Rotem’s Changwon plant ... more

Catenary-free tram delivered to Kaohsiung

07 Sep 2018

TAIWAN: The first test runs on the second phase of the Kaohsiung tramway are scheduled to get underway later this month, after the first tram arrived the port of Keelung from Alstom’s La Rochelle site in France on September ... more

Three bidders prequalify for Perth EMU order

03 Sep 2018

AUSTRALIA: The government of Western Australia has prequalified three bidders for a contract to supply up to 41 six-car electric multiple-units for the Transperth network serving Perth: Alstom Transport ... more

Consultation starts on Singapore transport master plan

31 Aug 2018

SINGAPORE: Land Transport Authority has started public consultation on the next Land Transport Master Plan. A poll was published on its website on August 31, and the operating industry will also be invited to participate in ... more