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San Paolo: Brazil June 2015São Paulo’s state governor has signed a 20-year public transport operating contract, which includes the new VLT light rail system, with the BR Mobility Santos consortium. The PPP operating contract is worth $5.6 billion (€1.63 billion) over the next 20 years. A signing ceremony was held last week to coincide with the delivery of the first Brazilian-built VLT light rail vehicle for the project. International
Hiroshima: Japan Remembrance Tram June 2015HIROSHIMA--An inspirational symbol, one of the few remaining streetcars that survived the August 1945 atomic bombing of Hiroshima has been repainted its original gray and blue colours to mark the 70th anniversary of the world’s first use of a nuclear weapon.International
Sydney: Australia June 2015 A before and after comparison with the Gold CoastWe have heard it all before here in the UK how wrong they are A before and after comparison Light rail is "too disruptive." The city's transport needs "could be accommodated much more cheaply by buses." The tram line would remove too many car parking spots "necessary for the vitality of business." No – we are not talking about Sydney. But you can rest assured that almost every argument about Sydney's new light rail line has been made before, and not too far away. The above comments are from Lex Bell, a councillor from Surfers Paradise who was one of the most vociferous critics of the tram line built on the Gold Coast between 2010 and 2013. International
Pavlodar: Kazakhstan June 2015THE European Bank for Reconstruction and Redevelopment has agreed to provide a Tenge 2.5bn ($US 13.4m) loan to fund the modernisation of the 86km tram network in Pavlodar, a city of 330,000 people in northwest Kazakhstan.International
Sydney: Australia, Construction begins: June 2015THE detailed construction schedule for Sydney's CBD and South East light rail line was released on May 28, with major city centre works on the 12km route scheduled to start on October 23 2015International
Houston: USA, Opens TWO new Lines June 2015Houston's Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (Metro) celebrated the opening of two new light rail lines over the weekend of May 23.International
Marseille: France, opens third line June 2015COMMERCIAL services began operating on Marseille's third light rail line on May 30 with the opening of the 1.2km branch to Place Castellane, which extends the network into the south of the city.International
Ulm: Germany, Siemens wins LRV Contract June 2015STADTWERKE Ulm (SWU) signed a €32m contract with Siemens on May 22 for 12 Avenio M low-floor LRVs as part of a project to expand the German city's metre-gauge tram network.International
Budapest: Trams instead of Metro June 2015PLANS to extend Budapest metro Line 4 east from its current terminus at Keleti have effectively been abandoned after the municipal government voted instead to expand the city's tram network. Under the new proposals a new tram line will be constructed from Astoria to Újpalota, while tram Line 1 will be extended north to Aranyvölgy and Line 60, the city's rack railway, will be extended at both ends. International
Europe: Cost of Air Pollution 28 April 2015Tuesday 28 April 2015 17.00 BST Last modified on Wednesday 29 April 2015 15.46 BST The financial cost of air pollution in Europe stands at more than $1.6tn (£1.5tn) a year, a study by the World Health Organisation (WHO) has found, equating to about a tenth of the GDP of the continent. While air pollution has long been known to be a major environmental burden, the costs in human and economic terms have not been categorised before. International
Alstom: First Citadis sold to Shanghai China 13 April 2015Shanghai has placed a €72 million order with Alstom’s Chinese joint venture for 30 new Citadis trams – becoming the first Chinese city to adopt the technology. Shanghai Alstom Transport Co (SATCO), a joint venture between Alstom and Shanghai Rail Traffic Equipment Development Co, will supply light rail vehicles for the first two lines of a planned six-line system in the Songjiang district of Shanghai. International
Queen Street Auckland NZ 3 April 2015Much of Queen St would be closed off to motor vehicles under latest scheme by transport planners. Cars may be squeezed out of Auckland's main street as the city's transport authority looks to modern trams to move growing throngs of commuters. Auckland Transport chief engineer Steve Hawkins warns there will be insufficient space in much of Queen St for general traffic to co-exist with trams running in each direction every few minutes between the waterfront and Dominion Road. International
Stadler: Moscow Demonstrator 23 March 2015Mosgortrans has begun trialling a new prototype tram model from Stadler Minsk ahead of a possible introduction to the city’s light rail fleet . The three-car ‘Metelitsa’ is one of several new trams being tested in the Russian capital at the city’s Bauman depot. Over the next four months, the low-floor trams will carry out technical and operational tests both with and without passengers. International
Alstom: Rio de Janerio 27 March 2015The first track segment of a new VLT light rail system in Rio de Janeiro has been laid. A 400-metre section of track has been installed on General Luiz Mendes de Morais street in the city’s Santo Christo district. International
Solaris: Leipzig Order 27 March 2015Leipzig City Transport (LVB) has placed a framework order with Solaris for up to 41 Tramino light rail vehiclesInternational
Bombardier: Brussels Final Flexity 20 March 2015Societe des Transports Intercommunaux de Bruxelles (STIB), Brussels’ public transport authority, placed its first order for 46 Flexity Outlook trams in 2003. This has been followed up with several additional options.International
Bombardier: Dusseldorf & Cologne 20 March 2015Bombardier has been awarded two new contracts for light rail vehicles from the Dusseldorf (Rheinbahn AG) and Cologne transport authorities (KVB).International
Solaris : Krakow Testing 26 Feb 2015Krakow City Transport (MPK) has begun testing its new energy-efficient Solaris trams. A three-month trial phase is now underway on the city’s line 1. International
Sydney 27 Feb 2015Financial close has been achieved on the €1.4 billion CBD and South East Light Rail line in Sydney. The ALTRAC Light Rail consortium, previously called Connecting Sydney, will deliver the new 12-kilometre tram system from Circular Quay through the central business district (CBD) and on to Moore Park and Randwick Racecourse. International
Milwaukee, A Green Light. 11 Feb 2015 Milwaukee’s Common Council has voted in favour of building its downtown light rail line. Phase one of the city’s streetcar network is expected to cost $123.9 million. Ground breaking is scheduled to take place later this year and the line is set to open in 2018. International
Paris T9 5 Feb 2015Ile-de-France transport authority STIF has obtained the declaration of public utility for the proposed T9 tram line in Paris. The declaration is a necessary step in the project’s development which will allow STIF to potentially begin preliminary works in 2016. International
Arup/Ramboll : Copenhagen Line 3 Designers 6 Feb 2015An Arup/Rambøll joint venture has been charged with designing a new double-track light rail system in Copenhagen.International
Helsinki & Espoo 28 Jan 2015WSP and Ramboll are to draw up detailed plans for a new dual-track light railway linking Helsinki and Espoo. The 25-kilometre system will connect the Itäkeskus district in Helsinki and Keilaniemi in Espoo, partially replacing the existing bus service between the city. International
Edinburgh Leith Extention 9 Dec 2014Edinburgh City Council is to consider the case for extending its tram network to Leith. Leith had been included in original plans for the light rail system but the length of the line was scaled back after the project ran into funding problems. International
RAPT: Valencienne 24 November 2014 RATP Dev has been awarded a seven-year contract to operate two light rail lines in Valenciennes. The contract covers the entire Transvilles public transport network including bus and light rail International
Siemens: Qatar Education City 11 Mar 2015QATAR: Siemens' Simmering plant in Austria has completed the first of the Avenio light rail vehicles for the Education City People Mover System, an 11•5 km catenary-free tramway which is being built to serve the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science & Community Development's education and research campus west of DohaInternational
Hannover Ustra 13 March 2015Hanover’s public transport operator, Üstra Hannoversche Verkehrsbetriebe (Üstra), is finally set to put its new light rail fleet into serviceInternational
Alstom: Astana Kazakstan Feb 2015Astana is getting ready to launch a light rail tramline with up to 50 trams before 2017, Interfax-Kazakhstan reports citing Tramway Strategy Manager of Alstom Loic Dubois. “There is a project called light rail tramline for Astana. It has to be launched before EXPO-2017. We know today that the plan is to construct 3 lines, 42 stops and launch around 50 trams,”International
Pyongyang, North Korea (Democratic Peoples's Republic of Korea) Systems Fact File 87The fascinating history of the capital of the Democratic Peoples's Republic of Korea and its diverse tramway operation Tramways & Urban Tramways December 2014International
St. Etienne, France System Fact File 86Old but not old-fashioned, short but not insignificant, Sait-Etienne's tramway has grown from from a surviving fragment as part of the city's much-needed economic revival Tramways & Urban Tramways November 2014International
Tallin, Estonia System Fact File 85Estonia's only tramway in the midst of infrastructure and awaiting new trams after years of reliance of second-hand rolling stock Tramways & Urban Tramways Oct 2014International
Linz, Austria Systems Fact File 74Linz; The network exemplifies this Austrian city being the the EU's biggest public transport users by head of population Tramways & Urban Tramways November 2013International
Gothenburg Sweden Systems Fact File 73Fleet problems created unwelcome news for Scandinavia's largest tramway. A report from Sweden's second city where service nevertheless been maintained on this impressive system Tramway & Urban Tramways Oct 2013International
Nuremberg Germany Systems Fact File 72Nuremberg in northern Bavaria is one of Germany's great transport centre and we have a look at the changed role of trams in the city'd own network Tramways & Urban Tramways September 2013International
Szeczin Poland Systems Fact File 68A population of around 407,00 makes Szczecin the seventh largest in Poland. After years of declining infrastructure and vehicle quality, the tramway is receiving much needed new investment through EU project funding Tramways & Urban Tramways May 2013 International
Dubai tramway opens 11 Nov 2014UAE: The first tram line in Dubai was officially inaugurated on November 11 by the Crown Prince, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.International
Budapest Tramway's Renaissance Dec 2014An update to Budapest Tramways Renaissance, Restructuring resources and perceptions, renewal and expansionInternational
Paris - France Line T8 opens 16 Dec 2014FRANCE: Paris tram Route T8 entered service on December 16, following four weeks of trial running without passengersInternational
Naberezhnye Chelny Dec 2014USSIA: The city of Naberezhnye Chelny in Tatarstan inaugurated a 6•1 km extension of its 1 524 mm gauge tram network on December 12.International
Lille - France A System Fact File - T&AUT March 2012Rebuilding Lille’s historic tramway followed the introduction of the world’s first fully automatic metro The main city of Nord-Pas de Calais region, Lille is France’s fourth largest urban area (Lille Métropole Communauté Urbaine) with a population of 1 106 885 in 2007. Boosting that number are adjoining communities across the border in Belgium. International
Brno - Czech Republic A small city - System Fact File T&AUT 2012A bustling city of magnificent architecture in an interesting setting, Brno also has a long-established tramway – the Czech Republic’s first – intensive trolleybus operations and rolling stock displaying equal measures of variety. International
Potsdam Germany - A small city - System Fact File T&AUT 2012In a small city with a dramatic history and attractions to match, Potsdam’s long-established tramway owes much to the changes of recent years. International
Perth Western Australia - MapProposed Light Rail Network map International
Perth - Western AustraliaPerth - Western AustraliaInternational
Applrg - Presentation by FGV Alicante Visit May 2012A presentation and update given to the Applrg's visit to Alicante May 2012 by Senior Francesc Sabate Villaret FGV on a fact finding vist 23rd May 2012 International
Detroit USA - Final Light Rail ReportOver $4 billion in investment around light rail in Dallas. Property value increases of 25% in Minneapolis. Over 600% return on investment for light rail spending. These figures are not flukes, just examples of the amazing possibilities offered by light rail. By investing in mass transit now, Detroit can spur economic growth and help revitalize the region. International
LR Applrg - TOD - Transit Orientated Development examplesThis report documents real estate development patterns along three recently constructed light rail transit lines in the United States. This topic is important for local planning practitioners, transit agencies, community members and other stakeholders in their efforts to plan for new transit investments and foster transit-oriented development (TOD). Setting realistic expectations about the scale, timing and location of private investment along new transit lines is especially critical where new development is expected to help pay for needed transit improvements, neighborhood amenities, or other community benefits. International
LR Applrg - Light Rail in France Update Graham Jellett v. 04 05 2011An update and comparison of the rise and rise of the French Light Rail systems compiled by Mr Graham Jellett, Regional Officer LRTA Pages 5 - 9 are significant comparators. International
Brest - France, a system almost there and worth singing aboutA light hearted look and listen to a French system almost built International
LR Applrg - More New LRT T&AUT May 2010 2010: The tide of new tramways continuesA closer look at the new tramways opening in 2010, plus the ones that could have been and the reasons for their delays. Mike Taplin2010: The tide of new tramways continues The article in the February issue of Tramways & Urban Transit showed that in addition to 136 new tramways opened since 1978, another 45 were under construction. The question is, which of these will we be able to ride on before the end of 2010? Prediction is a black art, and already a few of those have drifted into 2011, or beyond, for a variety of reasons. Building a new tramway is a complex procedure at the mercy of many factors, from politicians to finance to the weather, and even the strongest project management skills can wilt from time to time. So, with these caveats accepted, here is the prediction of which schemes will be cutting the ribbon this year – a couple are on very safe ground as they have already happened! What might have been… Projects that could have opened in 2010, but have now slipped into 2011, include the new tramway in Anger, France (12km/7.4 miles) dummy running from December before opening in January; the first phase of the Algiers tramways in Algeria (16.3km/10 miles) and the much delayed and highlycontroversial Jerusalem project in Israel (13.8km /8.5 miles first trial 24 February, passenger service now April 2011). Dubai should open its innovative 10km (6 mile) line in the first quarter of 2011, while Hampton Roads Transit in Norfolk, VA, USA will open its 11.8km Tide LRT system around the same time after months of delay (11.8km). International
LR Applrg - Three Decades of New LRT Update T&AUT Feb 20102010: The tide of new tramways continues The article in the February issue of Tramways & Urban Transit showed that in addition to 136 new tramways opened since 1978, another 45 were under construction. International
Milan Italy - System Factfile T&AUT Article 2010As well as being a political and economic power base, Italy’s second-largest city is also famed for fashion and its passion for football. Exam the large and varied tram operation, part of a complex public transport network. International
Small Cities - Vittoria, Spain System Factfile T&AUT Article 2010A model tramway for the smaller city It is often assumed that only very large cities and urban centres can ever justify a light rail system, but in Europe and beyond, many smaller cities are building new tramways and reaping the benefits. International
TramTrain - Kassel Germany T&AUT Article 2009Kassel’s tram-train system has transformed public transport in the region. With other cities starting to take an interest in the concept, it is no wonder people from around the world are making the journey to central Germany. International
Casablanca - Morocco Yapi Merkezi 12 12 12 On time under two years AND under budget Trams greatly exceed numbers in the first week of service • 31 km double line tram (18,75 miles) • 48 stations. • 60 minutes travel time from first to last terminal. • Commercial speed of approximately 20 km (12,5 miles) / hour. • Capacity of transportation of 250.000 travelers per day. • Hours of operations from 5h00 am till midnight. • Frequency every 4 minutes during rush hours. International

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