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.

The cabinet has approved the two-line Agra Metro project, which as well serving one of the largest cities in Uttar Pradesh will serve tourist destinations including the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort.

Agra metro to serve Taj Mahal and fort

06 Mar 2019

INDIA: The cabinet has approved the two-line Agra Metro project, which as well serving one of the largest cities in Uttar Pradesh will serve tourist destinations including the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort. Completion is planned in ... more

Ahmedabad Metro opens as work starts on Phase II

05 Mar 2019

INDIA: The first 6·5 km section of the Ahmedabad metro was inaugurated on March 4 with a ceremony at the eastern terminus at Vastral Gam attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Chief Minister of Gujurat Vijay ... more

The Kanpur Metro Rail Project has been approved by the national cabinet.

Kanpur metro project approved by cabinet

05 Mar 2019

INDIA: The Kanpur Metro Rail Project was approved by the national cabinet on February 28. Two lines have been authorised, with construction expected to take five years. One line would run for 23·8 km from the Indian ... more

The second phase of the Mumbai monorail was opened by Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister of Maharashtra, on March 3.

Mumbai monorail Phase 2 opens

04 Mar 2019

INDIA: The second phase of the Mumbai monorail was opened by Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister of Maharashtra, on March 3. The 11·3 km Phase 2 runs from Wadala to Sant Gadge Maharaj Chowk, and is an extension of the 8·3 km Phase ... more

Work has started on the Metro Manila Subway.

Metro Manila Subway breaks ground

28 Feb 2019

PHILIPPINES: A groundbreaking ceremony for the first fully-underground metro line in the Manila region took place on February 27 at the site of the future depot at Barangay Ugong in Valenzuela City. The north-south Metro Manila ... more

The first of 53 six-car Class 2000 trainsets entered revenue service on the Marunouchi Line of the Tokyo metro on February 23 (photo: Kazumiki Miura).

Class 2000 enters service on Tokyo’s Marunouchi Line

26 Feb 2019

JAPAN: The first of 53 six-car Class 2000 trainsets entered revenue service on the Marunouchi Line of the Tokyo metro on February 23. Nippon Sharyo is supplying the 600 V DC trainsets from its Toyokawa factory. They are ... more

East Japan Railway is to build a third rail route to Haneda Airport in Tokyo.

Third rail route to Tokyo Haneda Airport finalised

25 Feb 2019

JAPAN: East Japan Railway expects to start work in May on its Haneda Airport Access Line, which would provide a third rail link to Tokyo’s largest airport. This is currently served by the Tokyo Monorail from Hamamatsucho and the ... more