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.

Masabi to bring mobile ticketing to Japan

17 Jan 2019

JAPAN: Journey planning company Jorudan has signed a partnership agreement with Masabi to integrate mobile ticketing into its product offering. The agreement announced on January 16 will see Jorudan integrate Masabi’s Justride ... more

State approves Bangalore suburban rail network

16 Jan 2019

INDIA: The Karnataka state cabinet has approved a four-route suburban railway network planned for Bangalore. Services would use dedicated tracks to serve 81 stations, including 30 elevated. The estimated Rs230·1bn cost would be ... more

Maharashtra approves Nagpur metro Phase 2

15 Jan 2019

INDIA: Plans for the second phase of the Nagpur metro network were formally adopted by the Maharashtra state government on January 8, and the Detailed Project Report submitted to the national government for endorsement. Expected ... more

Testing commences on full length of Sydney Metro Northwest

15 Jan 2019

AUSTRALIA: The first test along the full length of the Metro Northwest route in Sydney took place on January 14, when a train travelled the 36 km from Tallawong in the northwest to Chatswood. The initial phase of the ... more

Manila Line 3 upgrade contract awarded

10 Jan 2019

PHILIPPNIES: The Department of Transportation has awarded a ¥35·5bn contract for the rehabilitation and maintenance of Manila metro Line 3 to a consortium of Sumitomo Corp and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Engineering. Sumitomo ... more

The first section of elevated metro line in Toshkent is under construction.

Toshkent elevated metro line under construction

07 Jan 2019

UZBEKISTAN: The first section of an elevated metro line in Toshkent is being built by national railway company UTY to designs by the Boshtransloyiha engineering institute. Starting at the Olmazor terminus of the Toshkent metro’s ... more

First Ahmedabad metro train delivered

03 Jan 2019

INDIA: The first train for the Ahmedabad metro has arrived from Hyundai Rotem’s Changwon plant in South Korea via Mundra Port. Rotem is supplying 32 three-car trainsets under a contract signed in 2017. The trains have a maximum ... more

CAF to supply catenary-free trams to Parramatta

03 Jan 2019

AUSTRALIA: Transport for New South Wales has awarded contracts for the construction and operation of Stage 1 of the Parramatta light rail project. A joint venture of Downer and CPB Contractors has been awarded the A$840m civil ... more

JR East began testing driverless operation on the Yamanote Line in the early hours of December 30 (Photo: Akihiro Nakamura).

East Japan Railway tests driverless operation

03 Jan 2019

JAPAN: East Japan Railway is testing automatic train operation on the Yamanote Line in Tokyo, with a view to assessing the feasibility of converting routes to driverless operation. The 34·5 km circular route was selected for ... more