BOMBARDIER has today signed cooperation agreements with Russian rolling stock supplier Uralvagonzavod (UVZ) to jointly develop and market metro and light rail vehicles for customers in Russia, Central Asia, and Eastern Europe.
THE FRENCH city of Orléans inaugurated its second light rail line on June 29. The 11.3km Line B serves 25 stations, linking Clos du Hameau in the eastern district of St Jean de Braye with Georges Pompidou station in La Chapelle-Saint-Mesmin via an interchange with Line A at De Gaulle in the city centre.
THE Municipality of Odense, Denmark's third largest city with a population of 186,000, has awarded a contract to Parsons Brinckerhoff, Unites States, to help with project management and provide advice for the construction of the city's first light rail line.
BERLIN Transport Authority (BVG) has exercised an option with Bombardier for an additional 39 Flexity Berlin low-floor LRVs. The latest contract is worth €134m and takes the number of LRVs ordered from the 2006 framework agreement for 206 vehicles to 142.
SPEAKING at a visit to view progress of construction on the Tel Aviv light metro, Israel's transport minister, Mr Yisrael Katz, said he will present a motion very soon to the government to build a rail network covering the entire Greater Tel-Aviv Area, known locally as the Dan Agglomeration.
THE FIRST light rail line in the French city of Brest was officially inaugurated on June 23, in time for the maritime festival held in the city every four years. The first day saw around 95,000 passengers sample Line A, which runs for the 14.3km from Plouzané in the east to Gouesnou and Guipavas in the west with 28 stations.
ALGIERS marked a milestone in the development of its urban rail network on June 15 with the opening of the western extension of the city's light rail line from Les Bananiers to Lycée and Les Fusillés, finally linking the light rail, metro, and suburban rail networks.