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Seoul's Shinbundang Line reaches Suwon THE 12.8km southern extension of Seoul's Shinbundang Line opened on January 30, extending the line from the previous terminus at Jeongja to the cities of Yongin and Suwon.
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MASHHAD became the first Iranian city to complete an urban rail link to its airport on February 6, when the country's president Dr Hassan Rouhani inaugurated the extension of light rail Line 1 from Ghadir...
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MALAYAN Railway (KTMB) has expanded its electric long-distance passenger services and cut journey times following the extension of 25kV ac electrification north from Ipoh to Butterworth and Padang Besar and south from Kuala Lumpur to...
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JAPAN's Nishi-Nippon Railway has awarded Kawasaki Heavy Industries a contract to supply 18 1067mm-gauge EMU cars for the 75km Nishitetsu Tenjin Omuta Line in Fukuoka prefecture. The 19.5m-long stainless-steel-bodied 9000 series vehicles will be formed into...
A DILEMMA confronts Indian Railways (IR) as it goes into 2016. While it is heartening that the country's public transporter has initiated moves to take the rail travel experience to the next level through the...
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KOREA marked a milestone in the development of its maglev technology on February 3 with the start of passenger operations on a 6.1km automated line at the country's largest airport, Incheon International. The system was co-developed...
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With domestic economic growth slowing, China is aiming to boost exports from its rapidly developing technological sector, including rail. Kevin Smith looks at what 2016 might have in store for China and its impact on...
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THE Philippine Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) is set to hold a prequalification conference on February 15 for companies interested in bidding for a 30-year PPP concession to finance, design, build, operate and maintain...
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IRAN's minister of transport Mr Abbas Akhoundi and Italy's minister of infrastructure and transport Mr Graziano Delrio have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for Italian State Railways (FS) to become a development partner for...
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THE 12.8km southern extension of Seoul's Shinbundang Line opened on January 30, extending the line from the previous terminus at Jeongja to the cities of Yongin and Suwon. In addition to six new stations, the project...
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ALSTOM signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Industrial Development and Renovation Organisation of Iran (IRDO) in Paris on January 27, which is intended to pave the way for the supplier to re-enter the...