THE Regional Municipality of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada, has issued a request for qualifications (RFQ) for a design, build, finance, operate and maintain public-private partnership contract for the initial phase of the region's light rail project.
FULL commercial services began today on the first light rail line in the Argentinean city of Mendoza. The Green Line runs for 12.5km along the alignment of a former heavy-rail line between Mendoza Station and General Gutiérrez in the suburb of Maipú.
BAHRAIN is aiming to complete its rail masterplan which includes mainline connections to neighbouring GCC countries Saudi Arabia and Qatar as well as plans for metro, light rail, and monorail systems by the end of the year, the country's minister of transport Mr Kamal Ahmed confirmed this week. These would be the first railways to built in Bahrain with the plans due to be realised by 2030.
PLANNING approval has been granted by the Australian state government of New South Wales for the start of construction on the North West Rail Link, a 23km line to Rouse Hill to Epping via Castle in the northwest Sydney suburbs.
THE Philippines Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) has given bidders an extra month to submit pre-qualification documents for a Pesos 30bn ($US 720m) contract for the civil works to extend Line 1 of Manila's light rail network from Baclaran to Bacoor in Cavite.
CONSTRUCTION officially commenced on September 21 on the latest phase of the light rail network in Utrecht. The €321m Uithof Line will serve what is currently the busiest bus corridor in the Netherlands, linking Utrecht Central station and city centre with the Uithof university campus on the eastern side of the city.
THE Mauritian Ministry of Public Infrastructure has appointed Singapore Cooperation Enterprise (SCE), Aurecon, and Singapore Mass Transit Corporation (SMRT) to provide technical advisory services for the proposed light rail line between the island's capital Port Louis and Curepipe.