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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


Wiener Linien and Siemens present design for new metro 15/03/2018


The design of trains for Vienna’s fully automated line U5 was presented on 8 March. The six-car trains, called “X cars”, will be produced by Siemens. They carry on the design elements of the city’s existing trains with an added modern touch and other upgrades.

Operator Wiener Linien commissioned 34 fully automated metro trains at the end of 2017. The contract includes their maintenance for a period of 24 years and an option for an additional eleven trains. The “X cars” will be operated fully automated on the new U5 line in Vienna beginning in 2024. The trains can also operate semi-automated or manually on previously existing lines.

Delivery of the trains is scheduled to begin in mid-2020 and to be completed by 2030. They will be manufactured at the Siemens factory in Vienna.

The trains can be walked through from end to end and feature an open and bright interior.

New on-board PIS
The trains will be equipped with the “FGI Plus” passenger information system, which offers passengers routing directions including connection information before they arrive at the station. Directions are displayed above each door. Passengers will know before they arrive at the station how they should proceed when they get there.

Trains will run at a maximum speed of 80 km/h and capacity will be 928 passengers including 200 seats.


Siemens press release


Siemens to provide signaling for Kuala Lumpur line LRT3 09/03/2018

Kuala Lumpur LRT3 route

At the end of February Siemens received, in consortium with Rasma Corporation Sdn Bhd, an order from Prasarana Malaysia Berhad, the operator of Malaysia’s Light Rail Network (LRT), for the supply and installation of signaling and train control system for the planned fully automated Light Rail Transit 3 Line (LRT3) in Kuala Lumpur.

The new line, with 38 kilometers and one depot, is expected to be completed in February 2021. The scope for Siemens also includes the installation of an intrusion preventive system and a platform screen door system.

The planned route for the LRT3 will ultimately link Bandar Utama to Klang, spanning 26 stations – 25 elevated above ground and one underground. Once completed, the line will be incorporated into the existing Klang Valley Integrated Transit System in the city.

The line will provide connectivity to the western part of the Greater Kuala Lumpur/Klang Valley area. The project is expected to benefit 74,000 commuters daily and 500,000 residents as it will mobilise 36,720 passengers per hour in a single direction by improving connectivity and reducing traffic congestion.

Source: Siemens press release

Visit the LRT3 project website