CALGARY: The City of Calgary has appointed SNC-Lavalin as delivery partner for the 18km first phase of the city’s Green Line light rail project. SNC-Lavalin will support the city in delivering project functions such as commercial management, technical support, project controls and construction management. Phase 1 comprises the core 18km Shepard - Eau Claire section of the 59km project, which is described as the most technically complex part of the line. The city announced the launch of a request for proposals for the delivery partner in August 2022. The Canadian government is providing $C 1.53bn ($US 1.13bn), the province of Alberta $C 1.53bn and the city of Calgary $C 1.59bn towards the cost of the Green Line, the city’s largest ever infrastructure project.

Copenhagen: Alstom has been awarded a contract by Metroselskabet worth around €30m to conduct the mid-life refurbishment of 34 M1 and M2 metro trains. The trains have been in service for nearly 20 years and the upgrade programme will last for three years with work taking place at Alstom’s workshops in Rotterdam.

São Vicente, Brazil: The mayor, Mr Kaye Amado, has confirmed that the Santos light rail network will be extended by 7.5km to the city on the coast of the State of São Paulo. The Metropolitan Company of Urban Transport (EMTU) has published a tender for the project in the Official Gazette of the State of São Paulo. The project will include the construction of three new stations at Ponte Nova Quarentenário, and Rio Branco as well as a new terminus at Samaritá.

Los Angeles: A joint venture (JV) between Arcadis and Mott MacDonald has been named as construction management support services consultant for the East San Fernando Valley Light Rail Transit Project. The contract includes estimating and inspection services, and will be in effect until September 2029. The light rail line is 10.7km long with 11 stops. Work will include construction of a parallel cycle path as well as a maintenance and storage facility equipped with solar panels.

Auckland: Theformer chief executive of Auckland Transport, Mr Shane Ellison, has been appointed to the board of Auckland Light Rail (ALR). Ellison joined Auckland Transport as chief executive in 2017 and resigned in June 2022. He had previously worked in Australia and France for Transdev. “Shane brings extensive and valued experience to the light rail team at a time when our work is rapidly moving ahead,” says ALR chair, Dame Fran Wilde. “His knowledge of the transport challenges facing Auckland together with his work overseas are great assets for a modern and future-focused project.”

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