Gujarat: A consortium of Siemens Mobility and Rail Vikas Nigam has received two separate orders from Gujarat Metro Rail (GMRCL) for the supply of electrification systems for Ahmedabad Metro Phase 2 and for Surat Metro Phase 1. Both cities are in India’s western state of Gujarat. Siemens Mobility’s share is worth approximately €75m. The Ahmedabad order comprises two corridors covering more than 28km and featuring 23 stations and one depot. The second order is for Surat, with a route length of more than 40km, including 38 stations and two depots. Siemens Mobility will also be providing digital solutions including Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (Scada) for both metros.

Portugal: Comsa, ACE and Zagope have been awarded a €70m contract by Lisbon Metro for Lot 4 of the Lisbon Metro Yellow and Green lines extension project. The contract, awarded to Comsa Construction, Comsa Industrial and the group’s Portuguese subsidiary, Fergrupo, in a consortium with Zagope, is for finishing work and designing and implementing operating systems for the 1.9km extension, which will help complete the Circular Line, due to open in the fourth quarter of 2024.

Maryland's MDOT MTA has awarded Alstom a contract continuing its operations and maintenance role on two Maryland Area Rail Commuter (Marc) lines. Photo credit: Alstom

Maryland: The Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT MTA) has awarded Alstom an operations and maintenance contract for two Maryland Area Rail Commuter (Marc) lines. The agreement will see Alstom continuing operation and maintenance of Marc’s 63km Camden Line and 119km Brunswick Line, with responsibility for train operations, customer service, staffing, locomotive and rolling stock maintenance, and stations and facilities management. The base term of the initial five-year contract, with an agency budget of around €367m, allows for two potential extensions in 2028 and 2033, which would take the total value of the contract to €1.2bn.

Representatives of Brazil's National Association of Rail Passenger Carriers (ANPTrilhos) and National Bank for Economic and Social Development (BNDES) who signed the MoU helping to promote investment in rail and other transport projects. Photo credit: ANPTrilhos

Brazil: The National Association of Rail Passenger Carriers (ANPTrilhos) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the National Bank for Economic and Social Development (BNDES) to help promote the Strategic Study of Urban Mobility. It will see BNDES mapping all transport projects in the 21 largest Brazilian metropolitan regions with over 1 million inhabitants to encourage investment in the transit sector. In the first phase of the partnership, studies will be undertaken to investigate demand for metro, commuter and light rail services to pinpoint where investment is needed.

Taiwan: Taipei city mayor, Mr Chiang Wan-an, has inspected works on the MRT Xinyi eastern extension’s Guangci/Fengtian Temple station construction site to gain an understanding of the difficult challenges that have been faced during this project, which is due to be completed in late 2025. Representatives of the Department of Rapid Transit Systems (Dorts) explained the alignment of the 1.4km extension, on which one underground station will be built. Although the extension is comparatively short, it will have an important role in expanding the Taipei MRT network and will provide the public with convenient access to Tiger Mountain, nearby temples and the Xinyi Administrative Centre business district.

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