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.

Manila metro Line 3 upgrade financing agreed

08 Nov 2018

PHILIPPINES: The government signed a loan agreement with Japan International Cooperation Agency on November 8 for the metro Line 3 rehabilitation project. The 40-year, ¥38·1bn loan will fund the overhaul of infrastructure and ... more

Australian automated transport inquiry begins

06 Nov 2018

AUSTRALIA: The Infrastructure, Transport & Cities Committee of the House of Representatives has commenced an inquiry into automated mass transit. Submissions are open until December 7. The inquiry focuses on developments in ... more

Melbourne High Capacity Metro Trains on test

05 Nov 2018

AUSTRALIA: Testing has started of the High Capacity Metro Trains that Evolution Rail is supplying to operate Melbourne’s suburban network. The Evolution Rail consortium of Plenary, CRRC Changchun Railway Vehicles and Downer ... more

Gold Coast LRT Stage 3A funding pledged

05 Nov 2018

AUSTRALIA: The federal government has agreed to contribute A$112m towards the next phase of the Gold Coast light rail project in South East Queensland, Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure & Population Alan Tudge ... more

Bhopal and Indore metros approved

01 Nov 2018

INDIA: The state government of Madhya Pradesh has reached agreement with the national government for the construction of metro networks in the cities of Bhopal and Indore, at an estimated total cost of Rs145bn. Approved by the ... more

Next phase of Delhi metro Line 7 inaugurated

01 Nov 2018

INDIA: The next phase of Delhi metro Line 7 was inaugurated on October 31. The elevated 17·9 km section between Shiv Vihar and Trilokpuri Sanjay Lake has 15 stations including three interchanges and a depot at Vinod ... more

Loan agreement signed for second phase of Jakarta metro

01 Nov 2018

INDONESIA: The government has signed an agreement for a 40-year, ¥70bn loan from Japan International Cooperation Agency for the second phase of the Jakarta metro. The agreement signed on October 24 specifies Japanese rolling ... more

Komsomolsk-na-Amure tram network formally closed

29 Oct 2018

RUSSIA: Komsomolsk-na-Amure Mayor Andrei Klimov issued an order on October 26 to close the municipal tram operator. Services on the 11 km three-route network had been suspended since September 30, officially because of the ... more

Hyundai Rotem to supply trains for Almaty metro extension

25 Oct 2018

KAZAKHSTAN: Hyundai Rotem has signed an 80·8bn won contract to supply 32 metro cars for the Almaty metro, the manufacturer announced on October 25. Rotem is to deliver the vehicles from its Changwon plant in South Korea by ... more