Archive for category: Light Rail

Seattle’s Sound Transit to run on ‘clean energy’ from 2019

Seattle’s public service operator, Sound Transit, has signed a deal to use wind energy to power its light rail network. From the start of 2019, the authority’s Link light rail services will begin using carbon neutral energy sources following the signing of an agreement with Puget Sound Energy (PSE). Under the 10-year agreement Sound Transit will purchase wind energy directly […]
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This is what the new Los Angeles transit station could look like

Images of what the Airport Metro Connector project in Los Angeles could look like have been released by the local transport authority. The new transit station will connect metro service passengers to a new people mover that will serve Los Angeles International Airport. It will include a bike hub, a bus plaza, a mezzanine walkway […]
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Wireless trams for Newcastle’s proposed light rail network

Transport for NSW has opted for wireless trams to operate on a new light rail system in Newcastle. Overhead catenary will be replaced with on-board energy storage as one of a number of upgrades to the system. Construction of the light rail network is due to begin in 2017 and conclude in 2019. Spanish manufacturer […]
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Sheffield tram-trains begin testing on Supertram network

Stagecoach Supertram has begun testing Sheffield’s new tram-train vehicles on the city’s light rail network. The Class 399 Citylink Tram Train vehicles, of which Supertram has seven, have now started dynamic testing on the network ahead of the start of passenger services this summer. The vehicles will initially support the existing fleet on the Supertram network, […]
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Construction of Paris T4 tram-train extension finally gets underway

The first section of rail has been laid for an extension of the T4 tram-train route in Paris. It marks the beginning of the project’s construction phase – five years since work first started on the new branch line. The 6.5 km route will extend the T4 line east from Gargan station to Montfermeil. The line currently […]
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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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