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Incheon Line 2 enters revenue service 30/07/2016


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The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport and the Incheon Metropolitan City held an opening ceremony on 29 July, a day before Incheon Subway Line 2, the first fully automated metro line of the city launched operations.

Unlike Line 1, which was completed in 1999, Line 2 is a standard-gauge driverless light metro line and links the north of Incheon to the south and southeast of the city. It is 29.2 km and has 27 stations, 22 underground (23.1km), and 5 above ground (6.1km). Read more →

Automated metros: a rapidly growing global technology 19/07/2016

Automated metros are enjoying exponential global growth and infrastructure length has increased by 14,2% since 2014 according to a new Statistics Brief released today by the UITP Observatory of Automated Metros.

Automated metros are a proven solution for cities globally: there are now 55 fully automated lines around the world in 37 cities operating a total of 803 km, a 14,2% increase in km compared to 2014. Read more →

Kuala Lumpur Kelana Jaya Line extension 30/06/2016



Prime Minister Najib Razak officially opened the new Light Rail Transit (LRT) Kelana Jaya Line extension project (LEP), on 30 June 2016, bringing the LRT into the suburbs of Petaling Jaya, Subang Jaya and Puchong and offering convenient access from these towns to Kuala Lumpur. This extension adds 17 km and 12 stations, all elevated, to the existing line.

RapidKL, a subsidiary of Prasarana, is the Operator of the extension being undertaken under the ‘Prasarana campaign of Bringing Transport Convenience Closer to the People’ programme.

With this extension, Kelana Jaya Line is already 46 km long. Read more →

Contract awarded for Malaysia’s driverless Klang Valley Mass Rapid Transit 15/06/2016

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On 27 May Mass Rapid Transit Corporation Sdn. Bhd., owner and developer of the Klang Valley Mass Rapid Transit (KVMRT) project, awarded contracts to the Bombardier Transportation-Glibal Rail Sdn Bhd. Consortium to supply the rail control and signalling system and platform screen doors for KVMRT Line 2. Under the 433 million Malaysian ringgit (95 million EUR) contract, Bombardier will provide the 52 km line and its 58 vehicles with the CITYFLO 650 CBTC signalling equipment, while Global Rail will be responsible for the installation of Platform Screen Doors. Read more →

Keolis to operate Shanghai’s first automated metro line 03/05/2016

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© Keolis/Shenkai

Shenkai, a joint venture of Keolis and Shanghai Shentong Consulting, will be the future operator of the 6.7km extension of Shanghai’s metro line 8 (line 8-3). When launched at the end of 2017, this new section will become the first automated metro system in the city.

The contract was signed on 27 April between Shenkai and Shanghai Shentong Metro Group, which owns Shanghai Shentong Consulting. It covers two years of pre-operational work and five years of network operations and maintenance.

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