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.

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

Seventh Delhi metro extension of 2018 opens

02 Jan 2019

INDIA: The next phase of Delhi metro’s driverless Line 7, also known as the Pink Line, was opened for passenger service on December 31. The 9·7 km section between Lajpat Nagar and Mayur Vihar Pocket 1 with three ... more

Green Mountain tram line opens in Taipei

02 Jan 2019

TAIWAN: The Green Mountain tram line in the Tamsui District of New Taipei City opened on December 23, with a month of free travel. The 7·4 km route runs north from Hongshulin station on the Tamsui metro line to Kanding, ... more

Xi’an opens second north-south metro line

28 Dec 2018

CHINA: The new Line 4 of the Xi’an metro was formally opened at 10.00 on December 26. Running entirely underground for 35·2 km, the north-south line connects the city’s high speed rail hub at Xi’an Bei (North Square) with ... more

Visakhapatnam metro ready to start

28 Dec 2018

INDIA: Groundbreaking ceremonies for the planned 42·5 km Visakhapatnam Metro Rail network in Andhra Pradesh are expected to take place in February, following a decision to accelerate the project. Speaking at a meeting with ... more

Qingdao opens coastal metro Line 13

27 Dec 2018

CHINA: An isolated regional metro line was opened in the eastern port city of Qingdao on December 26. Designated Line 13, but originally known as R3, the Jiaonan line is currently not connected to the rest of the city’s metro ... more