Urban Transportation Industry Update: Key Highlights

Urban Transportation Industry Update: Key Highlights

Penang LRT Project Expansion: Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow announced plans to extend the Penang LRT project to include a link between Komtar and Penang Sentral, including a railway bridge over the North Channel.

Berlin U-Bahn Extension: The Berlin senate approved an 800-meter extension of U-Bahn Line U3, running southwest from Krumme Lanke to Mexikoplatz S-Bahn station, to be undertaken by operator BVG.

Brandenburg Transport Contract: The city of Brandenburg will directly award a 22½-year contract to incumbent operator Verkehrsbetriebe Brandenburg an der Havel GmbH to operate tram and bus routes starting June 1, 2025.

Chemnitz Tram-Train Line: Transport authority VMS has initiated planning procedures for the initial section of the Chemnitz – Limbach-Oberfrohna tram-train line, starting from the city center to Leipziger Strasse, with construction set to begin in early 2026.

WMATA Ridership Data Upgrade: Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) has enhanced its ridership data portal, providing detailed information on rail and bus usage, including data on no-tap rail ridership to monitor fare evasion measures. All data is downloadable for independent analysis, revealing trends such as increased ridership on weekdays and weekends.

Bonn Tram Route Proposal: Studies have shown that a proposed tram route from Bonn Hbf to Réaumurstrasse in Brüser Berg could accommodate 20,000 passengers per day and has a favorable benefit-cost ratio of 1.32:1. The route would include a 220-meter tunnel under the railway to Endenicher Straße.

Leadership Appointment at Valley Metro: Trevor Collon has been appointed as Chief of Capital Development at Phoenix’s Valley Metro, where he will oversee the planning, design, and construction of urban rail and bus facilities, as well as technological integration.

Fairtiq Ticketing System in Czech Republic: Zlín region transport authority KOVED has selected Fairtiq to implement a mobile phone-based check-in check-out pay-as-you-go ticketing system for bus, trolleybus, and train services, marking Fairtiq’s first project in the Czech Republic.