Archive for category: Light Rail

New Melbourne tram rolls of production line

Construction of the first of 20 newly ordered E-Class trams for Melbourne has been completed at Bombardier’s Dandenong factory. It is the 51st E-Class tram to be produced at the factory and the first of 20 new vehicles ordered in 2015. Testing and commissioning will be completed at Yarra Trams’ Preston depot. All 70 low-floor trams will […]
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Midland Metro operation to be brought in-house

Transport for West Midlands (TfWM), the public body responsible for public transport planning in and around Birmingham, will take over the operation of Midland Metro light rail services when the current concession runs out in 2018. Midland Metro has been operated by National Express since 1999. TfWM announced today (March 22) that rather than awarding […]
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Midland Metro operation to be brought in-house

Transport for West Midlands (TfWM), the public body responsible for public transport planning in and around Birmingham, will take over the operation of Midland Metro light rail services when the current concession runs out in 2018. Midland Metro has been operated by National Express since 1999. TfWM announced today (March 22) that rather than awarding […]
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Draft RFP published for Boston Green Line Extension

A draft Request for Proposal (RFP) has been released for the design/build contract to deliver Boston’s Green Line Extension (GLX). The draft RFP includes a budget limit of $1.319 billion – in respect of the overall $2.3 billion cost of the project – and references required weekend closures of the Lowell and Fitchburg commuter rail lines. MBTA plans […]
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Zurich orders 70 Flexity trams

Zurich Public Transport (VBZ) has placed a CHF 300 million (€281 million) order with Bombardier for 70 Flexity trams. The first of the seven-car vehicles will be delivered at the end of 2019. The contract, which includes an option for a further 70 units, was signed on March 2. Confirmation of the order had been delayed […]
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Last tranche of Flexity trams for Berlin

Berlin has exercised the fourth and final option on its contract with Bombardier for Flexity trams, calling off an additional 21 vehicles and bringing the total up to 210 vehicles. This completes the contract placed by the Berlin Transport Authority (BVG) in 2006. BVG will use the additional trams to increase capacity on its network […]
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Manchester Second City Crossing opens

The expansion of Manchester’s Metrolink network has been completed with the opening of the Second City Crossing on Sunday, February 26. Termed the ‘Big Bang’ expansion, work started in December 2009 on a new line to East Disbury. Since then, the £1.3 billion project has resulted in new lines to MediaCityUK, Rochdale via Oldham, Ashton […]
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Preferred route for Parramatta light rail revealed

The preferred route for a new light rail line in Parramatta, New South Wales, has been unveiled. Phase phase of the route will be 12km long and include stops in Westmead, Parramatta, Camellia and Carlingford. Transport for NSW has highlighted 16 potential stop locations. These will be finalised following a public consultation. Premier Gladys Berejiklian said: “This […]
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Ottawa scales up Stage 2 light rail extension

Planners in Ottawa have extended the proposed route of the Stage 2 Light Rail Transit Project. A new report for Stage 2 LRT has now been produced. It will go before the city’s Finance and Economic Development Committee on February 24 and then the City Council on March 8. The document includes details of an extended alignment, procurement […]
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Ottawa scales up Stage 2 light rail extension

Planners in Ottawa have extended the proposed route of the Stage 2 Light Rail Transit Project. A new report for Stage 2 LRT has now been produced. It will go before the city’s Finance and Economic Development Committee on February 24 and then the City Council on March 8. The document includes details of an extended alignment, procurement […]
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Battery power for Spanish trams

A Midland Metro tram, in Spain, is currently being fitted with hi- tech batteries allowing it to run over stretches of track with no overhead power cables. Tram 18 was split in two and loaded onto flatbed lorries to make the journey from Wednesbury to the factory in Zaragoza, Spain, where it was made. Tram […]

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