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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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Moskva places new PK-TS order

Moskva places new PK-TS order

Mosgortrans is to add 114 new low-floor trams from PK Transportny Systemy (PK-TS) to its fleet, in a RUR22.15bn (EUR242m) order announced on 8 September.

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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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Wien’s ‘vaccination tram’

Wien’s ‘vaccination tram’

Mayor of Wien (Vienna) Michael Ludwig officially launched the ‘Impfbim’ (‘vaccination tram’) service on 1 October, offering free flu vaccinations for city residents in a two-month long initiative.

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Saving energy

Saving energy

Len Vossman explores a few of the current initiatives designed to improve energy performance and management, while also reducing the operational costs of tramway and metro systems.

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Preparing Canberra light rail

Preparing Canberra light rail

Shany Shaked and Robert Wagner of DB Engineering & Consulting describe the process of testing and commissioning for Australia’s newest light rail system.

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Artics roll  in Schöneiche

Artics roll in Schöneiche

Tony Streeter examines how the international drive to offer barrier-free public transport has brought low-floor vehicles to a traditional metre-gauge tramway on the outskirts of Berlin.

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Enhancing safety

Enhancing safety

TAUT examines the role of technology and human factors in improving passenger safety on urban tramway systems.

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Florence T2: A modern masterpiece

Florence T2: A modern masterpiece

The Tuscan capital is world-renowned as the birthplace of the Renaissance, but with its latest addition Alessandro Fantechi and Giovanni Mantovani show how the city is becoming a leader in the art of the modern tramway.

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Safety in Stuttgart

Safety in Stuttgart

Reinhold Schröter of Stuttgarter Straßenbahnen talks to TAUT about how serious incidents in previous decades have helped shape the city’s light rail system of today.

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UK Light Rail Awards 2014

‘Light rail is a success story in the UK that needs to be replicated in more cities’, UK Minister of State told those assembled at the UK Light Rail Awards.

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SmartRail Asia

SmartRail Asia

The SmartRail Asia team have worked with Thailand’s number 1 railway publication,ThaiTRANS to put together an official SmartRail Asia magazine packed with interviews and features with some of the leading industry figures within the Asian rail industry. With so much investment in South East Asian rail, this magazine will uncover the latest opportunities and new projects profiled at the SmartRail Asia show later in the year. In this edition, we speak to: Ms. Soithip Traisuth, Permanent Secretary for Transport, Thailand Mr. Yongsit Rojsrikul, Governor, Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand Mr. Jamroon Tungpaisarnkit, Chairman, SRT Electrified Train Co., Ltd. Download the magazine SmartRail Asia will host over 3,000 visitors and a high-level congress for a maximum of 250 railway and government executives in Bangkok this November. Further local partnerships with associations such as Thai Electrical & Mechanical Contractors Association (TEMCA) have been established by the event, which is also co-located with The Engineering Institution of Thailand (EIT)’s Engineering Expo 2014, and Securtech ASEAN 2014. SmartRail Asia is set to be: “The most important gathering of consultants, contractors and engineers in the region this year.” – Ali Adam, Advisory Committee member and Chairman, Arcadia Engineering Make sure that you do not miss out and book your free exhibition pass today. Click here to register.  All Tramways and Urban Transit readers are entitled to a 15% discount. To claim, please enter TRAM15 when registering. Click here to learn more:... read more