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Call for tenders for Buenos Aires line F design phase 01/08/2019

Map of future Buenos Aires metro network (Line F in orange)

Sbase, the organising authority for the Buenos Aires metro, has launched a tender for a consultant to develop the technical specifications for the future metro Line F, which will be fully automated and will link the Palermo district in the north and Barracas district in the south of the city.

As a first step, the consultant will be required to analyse the original blueprint for the line and propose any alternatives. This step will include the layout, accessibility, passenger circulation and evacuation, etc. Then the consultant will need to prepare the tenders for the line including the technical specifications for construction. Power, signalling and communications, as well as rolling stock, will be included in the tender preparation.

Line F will be 12km long and will have 13 stations (11 underground and two elevated). Stations will be equipped with platform screen doors. The line is expected to carry approximately 600.000 passengers per day. The estimated cost for construction is 2m US dollars.

The new line will be the first to use a tunnel boring machine for construction.

Source: City of Buenos Aires

Barcelona tests vertical PSD 25/06/2019

Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona (TMB), the operator of the fully automated Line 9/10 and the main public transport operator in Barcelona, has become the first metro in the world to put into operation, on an experimental basis, a set of vertical platform screen doors. This innovative solution aims to improve passenger safety and comfort and, at the same time, enhance the safety and regularity of train traffic. Read more →

Australia’s first metro line is fully automated 28/05/2019

Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons/Trainsandtech

On 26 May the Metro North West Line opened in Syndey. This fully automated line is the first metro line in Australia.

The Metro North West Line is Stage 1 of Sydney Metro and includes 36km of track, 13 stations and a depot. It runs from Tallawong Station at Rouse Hill to Chatswood.

The line incorporated an existing 13km railway between Epping to Chatswood, which was updgraded for the metro project. Read more →

UITP publishes new Statistics Brief on automated metros 24/05/2019

The ‘World Report on Metro Automation 2018’ was published on 23 May. This new UITP Statistics Brief introduces the current standing of automated metros across the globe – and expectations for the years to come.

Last year witnessed the milestone achievement of 1000km of automated metros reached as the Pujiang Line opened for use in Shanghai.

As of December 2018, nearly a quarter of the world’s metro systems have at least one fully automated line in operation. Read more →

First line of Doha Metro opens 11/05/2019

The Doha Metro project upon completion will consist of three lines

The first metro line in Doha, the fully automated Red Line, opened on 8 May, serving 13 out of the 18 stations that it will serve upon completion.

The originally planned opening date was in 2020, but Qatar Rail has decided to open a “preview” service ahead of schedule to allow testing the Doha Metro system with passengers and provide an opportunity to evaluate and review performance, in preparation for the full operation of the network. Read more →