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CAF wins the order for Boston’s Type 10 ‘Supercars’

CAF wins the order for Boston’s Type 10 ‘Supercars’

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) awarded CAF USA a USD810m contract to provide its next generation of Type 10 LRVs on 31 August. With the detailed design phase due to begin this year, the first of the 100% low-floor cars are expected to enter service on the Green line from Spring 2027. The seven-section ‘Supercars’ will replace the Kinkisharyo Type 7 and AnsaldoBreda Type 8 LRVs dating from 1986-2007. CAF has already delivered 24 Type 9 cars for Boston’s Green line, but the Type 10 will be an all-new design from its factory in Elmira, NY (some bogie parts will be supplied from Spain). Each 37.4m car will be 12m longer than the LRVs they will replace. The contract includes two driving simulators, spare parts and a three-year warranty, as well as options for further cars to give the MBTA the option of running coupled units in the future. Four pilot cars will be delivered in 2026 with series production in 2027-31. The contract announcement came shortly after the MBTA – which operates the four-line ‘T’ network in Boston – was issued with four ‘special directives’ for improvement, following a comprehensive Safety Management Inspection (SMI) by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). The report follows a series of interim requirements issued in June. The new directives cover managing the impact of operations, maintenance and capital project requirements on the existing workforce; prioritisation of safety management information; effectiveness of safety communication; and operating conditions, policies, procedures, and training. The findings included that the agency “has not developed the necessary tools and capabilities to support the management of safety risk” and...
Yekaterinburg – Verkhniaya Pyshma interurban tramway opens

Yekaterinburg – Verkhniaya Pyshma interurban tramway opens

Passenger service began on the 9km (5.5-mile) interurban tramway between the Russian city of  Yekaterinburg and the northern satellite town of Verkhniaya Pyshma began on 31 August. Numbered route 333, the new line operates 05.20-23.30 on weekdays and 05.25-23.33 at weekends. With eight-minute peak headways and end-to-end journey times of 20 minutes, an estimated 11 000 passengers/day are expected. The southern terminus is in the north of Yekaterinburg, where it connects with the city’s tramway. The depot is in Verkhnyaya Pyshma. Service is performed by a new fleet of 11 single-section 71-911 Lvyonok trams delivered by PK Transportnye Sistemy. The first of the 16.7m-long and 2.5m-wide cars arrived in June; each can carry 95 passengers (36 seated) at four people per m2. Approved in 2018, early works on the line began the following year under the auspices of the municipality, with a ten-year concession to finance, build and operate the line was signed by Sverdlovsk oblast and a subsidiary of Movista-Regions in May 2021. The out-turn cost for construction of the line is a reported RUB2.2bn...
Honolulu begins intensive metro testing

Honolulu begins intensive metro testing

Trial running on the first section of Honolulu’s light metro began on 29 August. Trains are undertaking test runs on the 16km (ten-mile) section between Kualaka‘i (East Kapolei) and Hālawa (Aloha Stadium) 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The testing phase will continue until the system achieves operational readiness prior to transfer to the City’s Department of Transportation Services (DTS) ahead of the launch of passenger service. “This is a major milestone for the rail project, although the larger milestone will be when trial running is complete. Many tests will be performed and we expect some problems to be encountered, which is normal for a new system and is the reason the testing is being performed,” said HART Executive Director and CEO Lori Kahikina. “We do not have a deadline for the completion of trial running, but we are hopeful of turning the first operating segment over to DTS by early next year.” Approved in 2007, construction on the 32km (20-mile) automated metro in the south of Oahu began in May 2012. A joint venture of AnsaldoBreda and Ansaldo STS (both of which were acquired by Hitachi Rail in 2015) was awarded the contract to design and build 20 four-car trainsets in November 2011. The first was delivered in 2016. This contract includes the design and build, commissioning, operations and maintenance. An issue discovered in late 2020 will see all units fitted with replacement wheelsets to address an issue of misalignment of the wheels and rails in five double-crossovers. Matching track modifications were completed in April 2022. Construction of the second phase (Aloha Stadium – Middle Street)...
Reșița’s new low-floor tram is revealed

Reșița’s new low-floor tram is revealed

The first Durmazlar low-floor tram for the Romanian city of Reșița was unveiled in late August. The Turkish manufacturer is building 13 double-ended 18m cars under a EUR25m contract awarded in 2020; the first is due for delivery in November and will be commissioned in Timișoara, around 100km (62 miles) to the north-west. Reșița Mayor Nelu Popa said: “The first tram is already standing. In October we will accept an invitation to go to Turkey to see it physically, in November it should come to Romania. We have decided that we will take it to Timișoara, where it will be tested on the track. The other trams will appear successively in April, June and August 2023.” Two contracts to build the city’s tramway, worth a combined RON270m (EUR55m), were signed with the local subsidiary of Austrian construction company PORR on 5 April. The contracts cover reconstruction of around 10km (6.2 miles) of tracks, creating a segregated alignment along Bulevardul Republicii, reinstallation of overhead, 16 new stops and rehabilitation of the city’s tram depot. The project also includes highway improvements, installation of parallel cycleways and pavements, reconstruction of the 228m Triaj bridge and sections of green track. Main construction works are underway, due for completion in December 2023. Reșițahad a standard-gauge tramway which opened in 1988 but closed just 23 years later due to the poor condition of the infrastructure and a lack of funds for maintenance. In 1995 the line was truncated to Piața Republicii and in the next two years the entire route was renovated, albeit to a basic standard. The last trams ran in August...
Bonn ForCity visits Wien climate chamber

Bonn ForCity visits Wien climate chamber

The first Škoda ForCity Smart 41T for the German city of Bonn has left the manufacturer’s factory in Plzeň (Czech Republic) to undergo climatic testing at the Rail Tec Arsenal facility in Wien (Vienna) Floridsdorf. In December 2019 public transport operator SWB placed an order for 26 double-ended low-floor ForCity Smart 41T trams (subsequently extended to 28) to replace the 1994 Duewag NGT6 stock on Bonn’s urban tramlines.The new vehicles are 30m eight-axle, three-section cars (the centre section is suspended) with four doors on each side; each can accommodate up to 180 passengers. The order for the 2.4m-wide air-conditioned trams is worth EUR160m and includes the provision of spare parts for a period of 25 years. At the Rail Tec Arsenal facility the Škoda tram is being exposed to temperatures as low as -28°C and as high as 45°C, with simulated rain and snowfall to evaluate the performance of equipment such as windscreen wipers and raising and lowering of the pantograph. The first two new trams will be delivered to Bonn this year and numbered 2251-2. The third and subsequent cars will arrive in 2023, and in accordance with Bonn convention will carry a number starting with...
Kursk tramway modernisation PPP signed

Kursk tramway modernisation PPP signed

A Public-Private Partnership to modernise the tramway in the Russian city of Kursk has been signed by the regional authority and Movista Regions. The 25-year concession includes track renewals, replacement of eight traction substations and upgrades to Vostochny depot. The agreement is valued at RUB12.4bn (EUR202m), including a RUB8.2bn (EUR144m) contribution from state development corporation VEB.RF. Detailed design work is to begin this year, with main construction works starting in 2023. The programme will also see the tramway’s four routes reduced to two (1, Khlebozavod – ZAO KPK and 4, Malyshev – railway station) with routes 2 and 3 not included within the concession. Municipal operator Kurskelectrotrans currently uses a fleet of 61 trams. The majority of services are handled by donated Tatra T3 and T6V5 trams, with the addition of 20 modernised Tatra T3 cars (designated MTTC) which arrived from Moskva in July. A fleet of 22 new single-section low-floor trams are to be ordered for the renovated network, with the first expected to arrive in the city later this year. Once completed in 2024, the concessionaire estimates that journey times will be reduced by an average of five minutes and that patronage will increase from 7.5 to 8m passengers/year by...