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New 1000 km milestone infographic 18/05/2018

UITP publishes a new infographic on the 1,000km of fully automated metros reached in March 2018.

Modern metro meets ancient past at new interchange station on Rome Line C 15/05/2018

On 12 May the fully automated line C of Rome metro was extended to the station of San Giovanni, connecting it to line A and so to the rest of the metro network.

This represents an important step for the attractiveness of the line, which opened for revenue operation in November 2014 and now consists of 22 stations and about 18.5 km.

San Giovanni station is first of the three foreseen interchange hubs with other lines. Besides its importance for transport, it is notable for its architectural features, which comprise display cases with archaeological findings that emerged during the construction, writings and images on the walls linking each level of the station with the historic age corresponding to its depth.

The next step for the construction of the line will be a further extension of two other stations and the connection to line B foreseen for 2020.

Photo gallery

TV show on the station and archeological findings (in Italian): click here (necessary to register)

Source: ATAC Roma

Automated metro reaches 1000 km milestone 15/04/2018

The Pujiang Line, which opened late March in Shanghai, has taken the total of kilometers of fully automated metros in the world over the 1,000 km bar. Today, there are 63 FAO lines in 42 cities in 19 countries, for a total of 1,003 km. Read more →

Shanghai’s first fully automated line opens 05/04/2018

Bombardier Innovia APM 300 on Pujiang line

On 31 March, a new fully automated metro line was added to the Shanghai metro network. Shanghai Keolis, a joint venture between the Shanghai Shentong Metro Group Co. Ltd. (51%) and Keolis Group (49%), started operating Line 8 Phase 3 project, also known as Pujiang Line, the first fully automated metro line in Shanghai.

The line is 6.7km long and has six elevated stations. Designed to serve residents in the district of Minhang (Pujiang town), it provides a connection to Shendu Highway Station where passengers can take Shanghai metro line 8.

A seven-year operations and maintenance contract was awarded to Shanghai Keolis two years ago.

The new line is a rubber-tyre system. Vehicles are Bombardier’s Innovia APM 300, produced by the joint venture CRRC Puzhen Bombardier Transportation Systems Limited (PBTS). They are paired with the Bombardier Ciryflo 650 CBTC system.

The system is designed for trains to run every 3 minutes 20 seconds during peak hours and every 6 minutes during weekends.

This new line in Shanghai takes the total of kilometers of fully automated metros in the world over the bar of 1000 km.


Keolis press release

Bombardier press release

First driverless trains delivered to Sydney 22/03/2018


On 19 March Alstom delivered the first metro trains for the Sydney Metro project. The vehicles are part of an order of 22 trains that will be used for Stage 1 of the project, also known as Sydney Metro Northwest.

Sydney is the first city in Australia to build a metro system and it will be fully automated.

Stage 1 will be 36 km long and have 13 stations, eight of which will be new and five of which will be upgraded stations from an existing suburban rail line. It is scheduled to start revenue service in the first half of 2019 with a train running every four minutes at peak hours.

With Stage 2, also know as Sydney Metro City and Southwest, the line will extend into the city centre and beyond. This section will have 18 stations: seven new and 11 upgraded from an existing suburban rail line. It is scheduled to open in 2024. It will have an ultimate capacity of a train every two minutes.

Trains will run under Syndey Harbour (© Syndey Metro)

With Stage 1 and 2 combined, the line will have 31 metro stations and be 66 km long.

The line will complement suburban rail services, increasing total capacity of Sydney’s public transport services.


Alstom press release

Sydney Metro project website