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Paris transport services supported through 2021

“We came close to disaster, so this is a huge relief,” said President of Île-de-France Mobilités (IDFM) Valérie Pécresse on 8 September, following the conclusion of talks to cover EUR2.6bn in pandemic-related losses incurred by the Parisian regional transport authority.

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New York MTA warns of mass redundancies

Chairman and CEO of New York’s MTA Patrick J. Foye has said the US transit agency may have to cut 40% of subway and bus services and 50% of Metro North and Long Island Rail Road services – resulting in the loss of 7400 jobs – if the MTA doesn’t receive a further USD12bn in federal aid to see it through 2020 and 2021.

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President Rajapaksa halts work on Colombo LRT project

In a surprise move, on 23 September Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa directed the country’s Ministry of Transport to terminate work on the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)-funded LRT project to link the capital Colombo with Malabe with immediate effect.

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‘Public transport is OK’

On 14 September, Netherlands public transport industry body OV-NL launched its ‘Public transport is OK’ campaign to encourage a return to tram, bus and rail services.

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