Metro Rail News April 2017


A Monthly Magazine with deep focus ongoing metro rail & high speed rail projects in India.


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10 News Highlights 30 History of Rapid Transit

System in the World

33 Standardization of

broad parameters of Rolling

Stock for Metro Railways in


38 Why India needs

Metro Rail revolution

6 Editors Note

7 Our Editorial Advisory Board

9 Preface from Kumar Keshav, MD/Lucknow Metro


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44 India needs to accelerate

Railway investment

47 UITP Global Public

Transport Summit – the

need to lead the transition

51 UITP Global Public

Interview with UITP Secretary

General, Alain Flausch

54 Five make or break

factors to unlock rail travel

in Asia Pacific

56 Current Tender Notices

58 Upcoming Events / Exhibitions


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Editor’s Note

Increasing fuel consumption, the resultant pollution and inefficient urban sprawl caused by

incessantly expanding private motorized transport are all compelling reasons for prioritizing public

transport. Investing in public transport is now imperative. In this context, the recently announced

Metro Railway Policy by the Ministry of Urban Development encouraging cities with more than two

million population to plan and implement high-capacity and high-speed metro rail systems is a

welcome directive. Since these large cities would accommodate the bulk of the burgeoning

urbanizing population in future, planning for their growth and mobility is necessary. The metro rail,

which takes on an average about 10 years to plan and fully implement, could play a significant role

in shaping their future. The successful Delhi experience has also strengthened the case of metro rail

as an important urban transportation option and places such as Kochi and Jaipur have already

commenced implementation. However, planners should not make the mistake of treating the metro

rail as a panacea for all their urban ills. There are a few caveats and notes of caution they need to

consider before taking the plunge.

The usefulness of a metro rail project would depend on how well it is integrated with the spatial

and functional planning of the city. Cities often tend to crowd development around metro rail

corridors to take advantage of the high-capacity system, but this, in the absence of a

comprehensive development plan, could result in lopsided urban growth. For instance, Chennai has

pushed for intense building activity along the already crowded rail corridors to enhance ridership —

at least 20,000 people travelling during peak hours in the peak direction — to make the metro rail

network economically sustainable. This move may increase the number of rail users, but the

question is whether it is desirable. Second, many cities with a population of two million have a

large number of medium-demand transport corridors, which can be well served only by a bus

system with affordable travel fares. Hence, a city cannot limit itself to developing only metro rail,

and other transportation modes are equally critical. Even for the metro rail to function well, it

needs a good feeder bus network, connecting pedestrian paths and seamless modal transfer.

Unfortunately, the Working Group on Urban Transport for the Twelfth Five Year Plan, which has

recommended Rs. 1, 30,726 crore for metro rail projects in 19 cities, has only provided Rs. 22,519

crore for bus transport for the entire country. It is important to expand transport options, but

without comprehensive development, mobility within cities would not be efficient and convenient.

This edition will explore our readers a lot of information on current development in Mass Rapid

Transit Systems in India.

We would like to thank all the contributors and companies who are associated with the Metro Rail

News. We highly appreciate your support and hope to continue our collaboration further.

Mamta Shah

Managing Editor

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Message from Shri Kumar Keshav, MD/LMRC

I am happy that Metro Rail News has started its publication from December, 2016.

This is a very good move by M/s Symbroj Media Pvt. Ltd. as the Railways fraternity

like the Metro Rail, Light Rail, High Speed Trains and other modes of Mass Rapid

Transit System (MRTS) will get a common platform for expressing their thoughts

and opinions besides keeping themselves abreast with all the latest happenings

going around in India and rest of the world.

I congratulate each and every one associated with this magazine for their untiring

efforts in bringing this into print media. Their vast experience in online

dissemination of urban rail news and the expertise gained over a period of time

has ultimately formed the basis for such a good move in the industry.

I wish a good luck and all success to this endeavour…

Kumar Keshav

Managing Director

Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation


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Delhi Metro | DMRC gets a mass transit wallet from the RBI

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has got a wallet license

from the Reserve Bank of India. Interestingly, the DMRC has got a

mass transit prepaid payment instrument (PPI) issuer license. The RBI

website shows that DMRC was given the license last month and is

valid up to March 31, 2022.

Note that the RBI introduced in July 2015 a new semi-closed

pre-paid instrument for mass transit services to help move on from

cash-based systems to electronic means. The new instrument will

allow users to load Rs 2,000 and have a minimum validity period of

six months from the date of issue.


Bangalore Metro | BEML bags Rs 1,421 crore contract for supply of metro coaches

The Bharat Earth Movers Limited (BEML) has won a Rs 1,421-

crore contract from Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation

Limited (BMRCL) for supply of metro cars.

“BEML Ltd…has bagged a prestigious order of Rs

1,421 crore from Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation for

supply of 150 seats of intermediate metro cars to augment

the existing 3 car trains supplied by BEML to 6 car trains,” the

company said in a filing to the BSE.

Haryana Metro | HMRCT to start metro rail project from Delhi to Kundli (Sonipat)

The Haryana government said Kundli in Sonipat district will

be connected with the Metro rail service soon.

The project for connecting Kundli with metro rail was

approved in the 22nd meeting of the Haryana Mass Rapid

Transport Corporation that was chaired by Chief Secretary D

S Dhesi, an official release said here. The metro rail line will

be extended from Narela in Delhi to Kundli, covering a

distance of about 4.86 km, it said.

Delhi Metro | DMRC’s ridership crosses one billion mark in 2016-17

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has releases its

cumulative ridership data for the financial year 2016-17.

According to press release, the cumulative ridership of the

Delhi Metro within this financial year crossed the one billion

mark (100 crores) on 29th March 2017 for the first time,

further establishing DMRC as the mass transportation

backbone of the National Capital Region (NCR).

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DMRC further clarified that since 1st April, 2016, a total of 1.001 billion (100.165 crores)

passengers have traveled by the Delhi Metro till last night, registering a 6.56 percent growth in

average daily ridership since the last financial year 2015-16. The average daily ridership has

increased by 43 percent in the last five years.

Mumbai Metro | MMRDA allocates Rs 3,210 crore for Metro rail projects

Maharashtra​ Chief Minister and Chairman​ of​ Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development

Authority (MMRDA)​, Devendra Fadnavis, during the 142nd Authority meeting​ on

Wednesday ​approved Rs 6,976.50 ​crore budget for the year 2017-18 presented by MMRDA. The

budget clearly highlights the intent of the State as it spares large sums to projects such as Metro

corridors, Mumbai Trans Harbour Link, Monorail Phase-II, development of Mumbai Metropolitan

Region with flyovers, creek bridges and road network and development of water resources

besides prioriti​s​ing the Bandra-Kurla Complex to improve its connectivity and infrastructure.


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Gurgaon Metro | Rapid Metro Gurgaon phase-II for south Gurgaon open to public

After missing several deadlines, the second phase of

Rapid Metro was thrown open to public. The first

train was flagged off by Rajiv Banga, MD and CEO of

IL&FS from DLF Phase 1 metro station at 2 pm,

following which it was thrown open to public after


The line will benefit upscale residential

colonies of south Gurgaon including DLF Phase 1, 4

and 5, Sushant Lok, Suncity and group housing

societies in Sec-56. It will also cater to corporate and

commercial establishments on the golf course road.

Chennai Metro | Japan Bank sanctions Rs 2000 Crore loan for CMRL’s project

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)

has extended Official Development Assistance Loan

(ODA) of 33,321 million Japanese Yen (around Rs

2,000 crore) to the Chennai Metro Rail Ltd. (CMRL)

for building of Mass Rapid Transport System.

The ODA loan’s conditions are very

concessional, i.e. 1.4 per cent and 0.01 per cent

interest rate and 30 years of repayment period

(including 10 years of grace period).

Delhi Metro | RaysExperts commissions 5.5 MW Solar project in DMRC

India’s leading innovative solar solutions provider and one

of the largest solar power EPC and Development

companies RaysExperts on Tuesday announced that it has

commissioned a 5.5 MV solar project for Delhi Metro Rail

Corporation (DMRC).

This will be one of the largest distributed rooftop

solar plants setup across India. RaysExperts’ solar

installation will supply power to multiple metro stations,

cleaning bays, parking yards and other metro rail

supporting facilities. The project has the capacity to

produce 87 million units of power every year.

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Gorakhpur Metro | Yogi Govt. clears decks for blue print of metro in Gorakhpur

The Uttar Pradesh government on yesterday cleared decks for the blueprint for Gorakhpur Metro

Rail project after chief minister Yogi Adityanath directed the officials to introduce the metro

service in his hometown.


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“We got the sanction today and are going ahead with the

detailed project report for Gorakhpur Metro Rail. We will

submit the DPR within six months,” a senior officer at the

housing department told media.

Rail India Technical and Economic Services (RITES)

has been given the task to draft the DPR. “Since

Gorakhpur doesn’t have a comprehensive mobility plan

(CMP), which is a mandatory pre-requisite for metro rail,

RITES has also been asked to prepare the CMP

simultaneously with the DPR,” he said.

The blueprint for the Gorakhpur Metro will be prepared under the supervision of Lucknow

Metro Rail Corporation (LMRC), which has been appointed the nodal agency for all metro projects in

Uttar Pradesh.

Ahmedabad Metro | MEGA to start trial test of run of metro trains in September 2017

Gujarat chief Minister Vijay Rupani today personally

visited and observed the east-west corridor functioning

of Vastral to Apparel Park route of Ahmedabad Metro

Rail Project phase-I, and expressed his commitment to

begin 6.5 km long route in forthcoming September-

2017. The Metro Rail Project will be useful medium to

make people divert towards mass transportation to

resolve traffic problems of Ahmedabad Municipal

Corporation as BRTS project, he added.

Rupani clearly said that this multifarious developmental project has come on fast track

after Narendra Modi take charge as Prime Minister of India. We are getting green signals from

railway authority and finance ministry on prior basis.

Rupani further said that second phase of 39.259 km long Metro Rail will be commenced in

2018-19. DPR for Metro Rail in Surat is under progress to finalize and work will begin in near


Delhi Metro: DJB tells NGT that no permission to DMRC for groundwater extraction

The Delhi Jal Board (DJB) has told the National Green

Tribunal that it has not granted permission to the Delhi

Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) for extraction of ground


The submission was made before a bench headed by

Justice Jawad Rahim by the counsel appearing for DJB

in response to a plea alleging that Delhi Metro was

extracting ground water instead of using waste water to

wash its trains.

DJB, in an affidavit filed before the NGT, told the bench that Delhi Metro has installed 276

borewells across the national capital for which it had no permission.


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Surat Metro | DMRC visits Surat to finalise blue print of metro rail project

A team from Delhi Metro Rail Corporation(DMRC), arrived in

the city on Wednesday on a two-day visit in connection with

the 40-km-long Surat metro rail project. The team visited

probable places from where metro is likely to ply and made

spot inspection.

“The team is here essentially to finalize the detailed

project report (DPR) for the Surat metro rail project. The DPR

is likely to be ready in next 15-20 days.”, Surat municipal

The Rs 12,800 crore project is divided commissioner into two corridors. M Thennarasan One will said. be from Chara to Dream City

and other from Bhesan to Saroli.

Bhopal Metro | EIB officials study technicalities of metro rail project in City

A three-member team of European Investment Bank

(EIB) concluded their two-day survey of the ambitious

Bhopal metro rail project by discussing the technical

aspects of the project with the officials of the


The team was here to study the aspects of the

metro rail project before providing funds for its first

phase having an estimated cost of about Rs 7,000 crore.

Earlier on Wednesday, the EIB team headed by its

country head Sunita Lakkhoo visited the proposed

routes of the project including the main depot at Stud

Farms in Arera Hills.

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Chennai Metro | Chennai’s arterial Anna Salai caves in trapping bus and car

In a shocking incident, Chennai’s arterial Anna Salai caved

in near Thousand Lights bus stop on Sunday afternoon,

trapping a Metropolitan Transport Corporation bus and a


Luckily none of the thirty-five passengers were

injured. the bus driver and conductor and also car driver

escaped without any injuries.

The cave in took place in front of the Church Park School in one of the busiest stretch of the

arterial road. Being a Sunday, the traffic was very less on the road thereby preventing a major

accident. According to the bus driver, he had stopped the bus at a stopping when it started to sink

as if the tyre burst suddenly. As the bus started sinking slowly, the alert driver and conductor

asked the passengers to get down immediately.


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PM Narendra Modi and Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull takes Delhi Metro ride

Visiting Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull

accompanied Prime Minister Narendra Modi on a

Delhi Metro ride in the national capital.

The two heads of state arrived at the Mandi House

metro station today afternoon and, after greeting the

people at the station, proceeded to a board a Metro to

the Akshardham Temple.

Chants of ‘Modi, Modi’ were heard at the metro station when the two leaders reached Mandi


Hyderabad Metro | State Govt. wants metro rail services by June 2, 2017

The Telangana government has asked Hyderabad Metro

Rail to start services on one stretch by June. June 2 is

Telangana state formation day, and the government is

keen that the project gets going so that people can see

tangible benefits.

HMR sources said the stretch from SR Nagar to

Miyapur was ready and the safety clearance certificate

had been obtained. In March, HMR managing director

N.V.S. Reddy stated that this stretch would be

operational in June.

Lucknow Metro | ALSTOM delivers third set of metro coaches to LMRC

The Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation (LMRC) today received the third set of Metro train at the

Transport Nagar Metro Depot.

The trains which are being manufactured by

Alstom Transport at their

manufacturing plant at Sri City (Andhra

Pradesh) are transported through special

trailers by road with pilot vehicles

in the front & the rear.

This set of Metro train was

dispatched for Lucknow on 31 st March,

2017 from Sri City. Each coach (car) is loaded

on a special trailer having 64 wheels. A 180

tonne crane is used to unload 40 tonne car

using a special spreader.


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Chennai Metro | Chennai’s first underground metro rail line may open soon

Chennai’s first underground metro rail line between

Koyambedu and Nehru Park may soon be opened to

the public, as a team led by commissioner of metro

rail safety K A Manohar began final round of

inspections in the stretch.

The team comprising the commissioner,

three deputy commissioners and supporting staff

will inspect around 7.63km downline between Nehru

Park to Koyambedu and around 4.54km upline

between Koyambedu and Shenoy Nagar.

Delhi Metro | DMRC plans to make all phase-III stations solar powered

Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) signed

Three Power Purchase Agreements and

unique Co-ordination Scheduling Agreement

for 25 years period with Rewa Ultra Mega

Solar Limited, (a joint venture of Solar Energy

Corporation of India (SECI) and Government of

Madhya Pradesh), Solar Power Developers

(Mahindra, ACME Solar and Solenergi) and

MPPMCL. DMRC has become the first metro

to procure Solar Power on RESCO basis as

Inter State Open Access Consumer.

The landmark event was graced by the presence of Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu, Hon’ble Minister of

Urban Development, Shri Piyush Goyal, Hon’ble Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal, New &

Renewable Energy and Mines and Sh. Shivraj Singh Chauhan, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Madhya


Centre to tighten norms for appraising metro rail projects in India

It will soon become tough for states to send proposal for

building metro rail in its cities and get central approval.

Wary that many such metro projects, which are

hugely capital intensive, may not be financially viable

and can end up burning a big hole in the government

exchequer, the Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD)

is tightening the norms for appraising proposals sent by


As of now, though the minimum ridership is fixed

at 12000 PHPDT (Peak Hour Peak Direction Traffic),

many cities do not adhere to it.


Delhi Metro | Botanical Garden-Kalkaji corridor (Line-8) to be open in June 2017

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is set to

throw open the stretch between Botanical Garden and

Kalkaji Mandir for public use by June this year. After the

opening of the stretch, Botanical Garden metro station

will become the first and only interchange station in

the National Capital Region, outside Delhi.

The construction work of the new station

building is in its final stage

DMRC’s Mukandpur-Shiv Vihar (Pink) Line completion deadline pushed to April 2018

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has set

April, 2018 as the fresh deadline for the

completion of its longest upcoming corridor,

Mukundpur-Shiv Vihar Pink Line, which has been

battling land acquisition woes at certain stretches.

With this, Delhi’s wait for the crucial

extension of its signature mass rapid transit, which

provides a much needed sheen to its lumbering

and inadequate public transport system, just got


Now recharge your Delhi Metro Smart Cards directly from Ola Money app

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) and Ola

Money on Wednesday announced their partnership

towards promoting a cashless digital economy as

their integration will allow DMRC commuters to

recharge their metro cards directly from the Ola

Money app. In awe of promoting the digital

economy, Ola Money and DMRC will now enable

commuters to avail the option to pay from their Ola

Money wallet at the DMRC website.

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Delhi Metro | DMRC’s ITO-Kashmiri Gate (Heritage Line) to open in May 2017

After many breached deadlines, the Delhi Metro’s ‘Heritage

Line’ from ITO to Kashmere Gate is finally set to open by next

month. DMRC officials say that they have applied for the

safety inspection of the line to the Commissioner, Metro Rail

Safety (CMRS).

The corridor is an extension of the Delhi Metro’s Violet

Line — Escorts Mujesar (Faridabad) to ITO.


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Implementation of Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) is coming to reality

The distance between Alwar and Delhi has been

planned to be covered just in 104 minutes, Delhi-

Mahipalpur (Aero city) in 12 minutes, Delhi-Manesar in

30 minutes and Delhi-Rewari in 57 minutes. The total

project is planned to be completed in about 6 years’

time after approval of the DPR. The cost of the project

on the basis of year 2016 is about INR 37,539 crores,

to be funded by Government of India, concerned State

Governments and funding agencies

Indore & Bhopal Metro | MP govt looks for Rs 14,485 crore funding for metro project

The Madhya Pradesh government is looking for avenues to

raise Rs 14,485.55 crore to implement metro rail project in

Indore and Bhopal.

Last December, the government approved the detailed

project report (DPR) which envisages Rs 14,485.55 crore

investment to put in place the rapid transport system in the

two main cities of the state.

Make in India | Govt. makes mandatory to purchase 75% made in India coaches

The Central Government on introduced new rules

for the procurement of equipment for metro rail

projects. The government stipulated that a

minimum of 75% of tendered quantity of metro

cars to be manufactured in India, with progressive

indigenisation of content, said the Urban

Development Ministry in a statement. The

government said that is part of the government’s

efforts for the ‘Make in India’ initiative and to

boost the metro rail systems in India.

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Underwater Metro | Work begins on India’s 1st underwater metro tunnel in Howrah

Construction of the country’s first underwater metro

tunnel commenced on the banks of Hooghly river in

Howrah of West Bengal. The Japan Bank of

International Cooperation (JBIC) and Indian Railways

funded second phase of metro railway expansion

project and it will cost around Rs 50 billion. The project

is expected to be completed by 2018. The 14.67km

long stretch will have 12 stations, 6 of which will be

underground and the rest 6 elevated.


Amaravati Metro | AMRC decides to entrust metro rail project to two companies

Amaravati Metro Rail Corporation (AMRC) has decided

to entrust metro rail project works, except metro

depot at Nidamanuru, to two companies. Though the

Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) reportedly

thought that it would be better to involve three major

companies in metro works to facilitate speedy

completion of the project, only two companies L&T

and Afcons Infrastructure got eligibility in financial

bidding that was conducted in Delhi.

Delhi Metro | DMRC to build residential flats in Delhi to sale public

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is all set to

venture into the residential real estate market and will

soon put up over 500 flats, in the Rs 60 lakh to Rs 1

crore range, for sale. Fifteen per cent of the flats,

which will be a mix of 2-BHK and 3-BHK, would be

reserved for the economically weaker section, metro

said, adding that the brochures are likely to be out

within a month.

Rapid Metro | NCR Planning Board sanctions 25 projects for Haryana state

The Centre has approved extension of Metro line from

Faridabad to Ballabhgarh at a cost of Rs 580 crore.

Addressing a press conference here, Unrban

Development Minister M. Vainkaiha Naidu said that

the Government of India has recently sanctioned the

metro extension from Escort Mujesar, Faridabad to

Ballabhgarh with a length of 3.2 kilometres at a total

cost of Rs 580 crores.

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Bangalore Metro | Bengaluru Airport Might Finally Get Connected by Metro

The long wait for Bengalureans hoping for a shorter

and traffic-free ride to the city’s airport might soon

come to an end. The Karnataka government has

finally taken a step towards deciding the route for the

Metro Rail connecting commuters to the airport.

After finalizing upon the Nagavara zone, the

government has yet to decide the best route out of

the four final ones.


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Richa Industries bags Delhi Metro order worth 35 crore to build metro stations

Richa Industries Limited, a leading Construction

& Engineering company, has secured an order of

Rs.35 crores from Delhi Metro Rail Corporation

(DMRC) for constructing the Six Elevated Metro

stations on Mukundpur-Shiv Vihar Corridor and

Depot cum Workshop of Jahangirpuri-Badli

Corridor Phase III of Delhi MRTS.

Richa Industries received this back to

back projects from DMRC. The First Project

involves the Construction of six elevated metro stations and Second project involves Construction

of Workshop, Inspection Shed, Stabling Shed, Pit Wheel Lathe Shed and Parking Shed. The

complete scope of work entails Engineering Design, Fabrication, Shipment and Erection of the Pre

Engineered Buildings.

Reliance Infra, Veolia extends partnership to bid upcoming metro rail projects in India

Anil Ambani-led Reliance Infrastructure (RInfra) is

looking to take its partnership with French company

Veolia Transport, part of the Veolia Environment Group,

to bid for metro rail projects in various Indian cities.

Veolia operates in four continents covering 28 countries

and has 37,000 buses, tramways, metros, suburban and

long-distance trains and ferry boats.

Through a separate joint venture, RInfra and Veolia Transport will undertake operations and

maintenance of the project for an initial period of five years.

Delhi Metro | DMRC to conduct online Customer Satisfaction Survey

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is

conducting an online ‘Customer Satisfaction Survey’

through its website, from 24 th of April till the 21 st of

May, 2017.

This international survey is being conducted

by Railway and Transport Strategy Centre of Imperial

College London which also coordinates working of

CoMET and NOVA group.


Advertise your business online at


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Dhaka Metro | DMTC to sign deals on metro rail tracks, stations, coaches, depot

in April 2017

The Bangladesh government is expected to sign four separate deals on metro rail tracks,

stations, coaches and depot of the long-cherished Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) Line-6 in April this


“We are evaluating the tender documents

submitted by different foreign firms for the contracts

to build structure of the depot, set up metro rail

tracks, construct stations and manufacture and

supply coaches under four separate packages,”

Managing Director of Dhaka Mass Transit Company

Limited (DMTCL) Mofazzel Hossain told local Media.

UNFCCC registers Delhi Metro’s Solar Power initiative as CDM project

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation’s initiative to install roof

top solar power plants at its premises has become the first

ever Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Project to

be registered with the United Nations Framework

Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) for any Metro or

Railway system in the world.

The project has been registered under the ‘small scale category’ for those with a installed solar

capacity of less than 15 MW. The DMRC run roof top solar facilities have an installed capacity

of 14.983 MWp which translates to an estimated electricity generation of 19,687 MWh


A total of 31 grid connected roof top solar power facilities across the stations, depots,

Receiving Sub Stations and residential colonies of DMRC were identified for this project.


VP, European Investment Bank along with his team visits Lucknow Metro project

Mr. Andrew Denis McDowell, Vice-President,

European Investment Bank (EIB) along with his six

team members today visited Lucknow Metro and

praised the speed and quality of the Project

which is being implemented under the leadership

of Shri Kumar Keshav, Managing Director, LMRC.

The EIB team was immensely impressed

with the Lucknow Metro Project and the way it is

moving ahead so fast in such a quick time.

“We are very excited for this project and feel very proud to be a part of this Metro Project”, said

Mr. McDowell. “This is one of our most important projects that we have funded”, the Vice-

President added.

Hong Kong remains MTR Corporation’s primary market – Lincoln Leong, CEO

Despite growing investment in overseas rail networks, Hong

Kong remains MTR Corporation’s primary market, its CEO,

Lincoln Leong, told CNBC’s “Squawk Box” on Friday.

Hong Kong rail operator MTR has secured a 30 percent

share in one of U.K.’s largest rail franchises, South Western

Trains, in conjunction with First Group.

World’s first Hydrogen-powered train reaches 50mph in free trial run on test track

The world’s first hydrogen-powered train recently took its

maiden voyage, reaching 50 MPH in a passenger-free trial

run on a test track in Salzgitter, Germany.

The zero-emission Coradia iLint train leaves only

water vapour, completely silent, and integrates many

different innovative elements to propel it down the track.

These include clean energy conversion to create electricity,

flexible energy storage via batteries, and smart management

between traction power and available energy.

Make in India | India exports ‘Made in India’ metro train coaches to Australia

Creating a history in country’s manufacturing sector, a

consignment of six metro coaches made in Baroda, India,

was shipped to Australia from Mumbai Port.

“The maiden consignment of six metro coaches built in

Baroda for export to the Australian government were

shipped from Mumbai Port,” a statement from Ministry

of Shipping said.

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History of Rapid Transit in the World

Rapid Transit is a type of a passenger system that is used in urban areas, providing

the fast and frequent travel for high capacity of passengers. Because of the need to

be grade separated from the other type of traffics, rapid transit systems are usually

located in underground tunnels, elevated viaducts, or separated ground level tracks

that cannot interact with the rest of the street traffic.


istory of such rapid transit systems began

in late 19th century when numerous

technological advances enabled engineers

to efficiently dig underground tunnels,

transport materials on predetermined

railway tracks and manufacture

equipment in industrialized high volume


The most important factor in the development of

rapid transit systems was the introduction of

steam locomotive in early 1800s. However, those

first examples of surface trains were not best

suited for urban environment, and especially not


for underground operation.

First tunnels that were dug in first few

decades if 19th century were most often used

for transport of industrial goods (coal, iron

and other materials), and first tunnel

intended for passenger use came online in

1863. This Metropolitan Railway’s set of

shallow tunnels become first part of famous

“London Underground” transit system, soon

followed with Metropolitan District Railway,

and other branches that soon extended from

them. The most obvious disadvantage of

these early underground systems was lack of


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Even though they were built with numerous

vents, smoke and steam from the small

locomotives caused health concerns to the

passengers and train operators, popularity of

these underground lines made them profitable.

Similar smoke problem was experienced in

“West Side and Yonkers Patent Railway” that

was built in New York City in 1870, which even

had support for cable hauled railway which was

never implemented fully.

All those problems went away in 1890 with the

opening of “London's City & South London

Railway”. By using electric traction, London

underground transit become smoke free and

the prime example how underground transport

can be moderated and build. In the following

15 years, similar underground “subways”

become appearing in big cities around the

world – Liverpool (which received England’s

first elevated railway in 1893), Glasgow, Paris.

1969 - Beijing subway

1974 - São Paulo Metro

1970s - San Francisco Bay Area and

Washington Metro

1979 - Hong Kong

1984 – Kolkata Metro

1987 – Cairo, first African city to receive

metro system.

1980-2010 – Over 30 South Korean cities

established their own networks, with several

of them being connected to each other (most

notably capital Seoul and neighboring


Notable rapid transit systems

1896 - Budapest opened fist underground

transit system in continental Europe. This

legendary 3.7 kilometers long railway line is

now part of Budapest Metro, preserved to

retain its original condition.

1900 – Paris Metro begun its life under its full

name “Chemin de Fer Métropolitain” (French

translation of London’s “Metropolitan

Railway”). This French name was quickly

shortened to “Metro” and it’s used today all

across the world.

1904 - New York City Subway

1907 – Philadelphia

1919 - Madrid Metro

1927 – Tokyo

1933 - Osaka

1935 – Moscow Metro

1954 - Toronto Subway


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Standardization of Broad Parameters of

Rolling Stock for Metro Railways in India

On 21 st April 2017, Ministry of Urban Development (Govt. of India) has published

a document which lays down the broad mandatory parameters of rolling stock

for metro rail systems in India. It will be applicable with immediate effect to all

new metro systems in India which are being implemented with financial support

from Government of India.


xisting metro rail systems, their extensions

and projects in progress prior to the

publication of these specifications are not

bound by the requirements of these

specifications as long as they are technically

required to continue as per their existing


M. Venkaiah Naidu

Urban Development Minister, Govt. of India



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1. Level of automation in train operations

1.1 The orders of Metro Rolling Stock (RS)

shall be compliant to the requirements of Unattended

Train Operation (UTO), otherwise

named as Grade of Automation, GoA4 level.

1.2 The other systems of signalling,

telecommunication, PSD etc., which interface

with the rolling stock shall be capable of GoA4

level of operation. The RS and other systems

shall comply with the required UIC/EN/IEEE

standards for UTO. However, the concerned

Metro Railways may exercise their option to

operate the trains in UTO mode in a phased


2. Schedule of Dimensions

2.1 (Type 1): Medium Rail Metro with 16T

axle load is normally adopted for passenger

capacity up-to 45,000 PHPDT. The track curves

of radius normally up- to 120 m is adopted is

such Metros. The car body width of 2.9m is to

be adopted as the standard dimension.

2.2 (Type 2): Heavy Rail Metro with 17T axle

load is normally adopted for passenger

capacity above 45,000 PHPDT. The curves of

normally up-to 200 m is adopted in such

Metros. The car body width of 3.2m is to be

adopted as standard dimension.

2.6 Schedule of Dimensions should specify

the limitations of wheel flange, root and

tread dimensions instead of wheel profile.

3. Emergency Evacuation System

3.1 Front evacuation for both 25 KV and

third rail based metros,

3.2 Provision of Fire/ smoke detectors

required in the saloon in case of front

evacuation, as per EN45545.

4. Train performance parameters

4.1 Motorisation: Minimum 67%

motorisation for all categories of Metro

Rolling Stock

2.3 Car length may be up-to a maximum of 23


2.4 Standard rail gauge of 1435 mm to be


2.5 Minimum clearance of any Rolling Stock

equipment (Car body/bogie mounted

equipment) from top of rail (ToR) should be

65 mm in static condition.


4.2 Parameters:


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Minimum Design Average Acceleration rate for fully loaded (seating plus

standees @ 8 passengers /sq.m) train on level tangent track shall be as


0 kmph to 40 kmph

0 to 60Kmph 0to 80Kmph

Minimum Operational Average Acceleration rate for (seating plus standees

@ 6 passengers/sq.m) loaded train on level tangent track shall be as under:

0 kmph to 35 kmph

0 to 60Kmph

0 to 80Kmph

Service braking rate from 80 kmph to standstill for fully loaded (seating

plus standees @ 8 passengers /sq.m) train on level tangent track

Service braking rate from 80 kmph to standstill for - (seating plus standees

@ 6 passengers/sq.m) train on level tangent track

Emergencybraking rate from 80 kmphto 0 kmph for fully loaded train on

level tangent track

Jerk rate (Maximum)

1.0 m/s2

0.6 m/s2.

0.3 m/s2

1.20 m/s2

0.65 m/s2.

0.35 m/s2

1.0 m/s2

1.1 m/s2

1.3 m/s2

0.75 m/s3

4.3 Maximum speed:

Max. Operating speed is standardised to be

80Kmph. Max. design speed is standardised to be


5. Energy Consumption:

5.1 The SEC at pantograph/current collector level

under all-out running conditions should be less


a) 50 kWh/1000 GTKM in the case of 25kV AC


b) 60 kWh/1000 GTKM in the case of 750V DC



6. Train configuration

6.1 The train configuration will be of

either 3-car, 6-car or 9-car formation only.

6.2 The Traction system shall be either 750

V DC third rail system or 25 kV AC OHE.

6.3 The Metros may opt for the optimum

number of cars for the train formation (i.e.

3cars, 6 cars or 9 cars in line with the civil

structure/platform capacity from the first

stage itself) to avoid interface issues on

account of conversion at later stages and

cost escalation due to additional scope


6.4 Signalling system shall be

Communication Based Train Control

(CBTC) with Auto reversal function at

terminal stations.

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7. Noise and Vibration level

7.1 Interior Noise Levels ( LPAeq20sec)

Location (Section)

Interior Noise Measurements in Maximumd BA



(Elevated and At grade)

Elevated UG 75Kmph

All cars except in driving cab (Elevated 68 75 75

and at grade)

Driving Cab (Elevated and at grade) 68 72 70

7.2 Exterior Noise Levels( LPAeq20sec)

Maximum Level of Exterior Noise in dBA @

7.5 m from center of track on either sides


67 82

Running at 75kmph

7.3 Standards ISO 3095 for external noise and ISO

3381 for internal noise should be followed.

7.5 Standard for vibration - ISO 2631– 1 1997, ISO

2631-4 2001 should be followed. All equipment,

auxiliaries mounted at any position on the car shall

have below mentioned criteria:

a) 2.0 mm peak to peak vibration amplitude –

frequency range from 1.4 Hz to 20 Hz

b) 0.8 mm per second peak vibration velocity –

frequency range above 20Hz

7.6 Measurement method for noise should to be

mentioned in the technical specification of the


7.7 Door Operation Noise produced by simultaneous

operation of all saloon doors on one side of the car

shall not exceed 75dBA during the sliding operation

and 78 dBA for the locking/unlocking, measured on

the fast meter scale. This should be measured at all

points in the car 300mm from the doors and

1000mm above the floor level.

8. Coupling arrangement (Semiautomatic,

Semi Permanent, etc.)

8.1 The coupler between cars will be

semi-permanent coupler with

mechanical as well as pneumatic

connection as part of the coupling.

8.2 The coupler at the end of train (for

coupling train to train) will be Semiautomatic

coupler without electrical


8.3 Maintenance / Depot facility should

have full train length i.e. 3/6/9 car lifting

facility with synchronized jacks.

9. Fire protection system in Metro


9.1 Two fire extinguishers per car in

saloon area. One fire extinguisher per

cab to be provided.

9.2 All materials used for construction

of metro car shall comply with

International standards EN 45545 for

fire & smoke.


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9.3 Fresh air intake to the saloon area of the

car shall have smoke detection system to

prevent entry of external smoke into the saloon


10. Warranty clauses and Maintenance

10.1 Maintenance with involvement of

suppliers is an option which may be exercised

by the concerned Metro Railway, especially in

case of small metro. Maintenance contract, if

opted for, should be made a part of the base

contract for a period of 5 to 7 years.

11. Service life and mid-life refurbishment

11.1 The service life of the complete train is

specified as 35 years.

11.2 The mid-life refurbishment period shall be

specified and obtained as part of the basic train

data from the tenderers.

12. HVAC capacities

12.1 The option is left to the concerned metros

as the environment conditions varies and also

fluctuates widely over various cities of India.

12.2 Coefficient of Performance should be atleast


13. Collision standards

13.1 The compressive strength of the vehicle,

energy absorption abilities and the anti- climbing

features should be essentially made part of the

technical specification for metro rolling stock.

13.2 In general, the parameters under EN 12663

and EN 15227 should to be followed.

14 Train accessibility standards

14.1 All the regulations as per “The persons with

disabilities [equal opportunities, protection of

rights and full participation] Act, 1995” shall be

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Why India needs Metro Rail revolution

- Akhileshwar Sahay, Strategic Advisor (DMRC)

The phrase ‘India lives in its villages’ is already passé—with the country urbanizing

fast, and cities and towns turning into locomotives propelling growth—as urban

India already accounts for more than two-thirds of the national gross domestic

product (GDP). Interestingly, the urban landscape is changing first.

Consensus estimate (Rakesh Mohanheaded

National Transport Development

Policy Committee, E. Sreedharan headed

12 th Plan Working Group on Urban

Transport, Isher Ahluwalia Committee

and McKinsey report) shows by 2030,

600 million Indians (twice the present

population of the US) will live in cities

and towns, country will have cities with

75 million-plus residents, urban India will

account for 70% employment and 75% of

the country’s GDP. But herein lies the

problem—the nation is grossly

unprepared to handle the pace of

urbanisation. Let us look at just three

problem areas.

One, we stare starkly at our unique

version of urban ‘air-calypse’ with toxic

air choking cities—both particulate

matter (PM) 2.5 and PM 10 levels have

reached dangerous levels—13 of the 20

most polluted global cities, as per the


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World Health Organization data for 2014,

are in India. Air pollution is the fifth-largest

contributor to death killing 600,000 Indians


Two, urban transport gridlock has

worsened beyond redemption with

vehicular speed on main arterial roads in

metropolitan cities plummeting below

19 th century horse carriage days. The tier II

and III cities fare worse as city dwellers lose

significant time in transit which is

unproductive and clumsy.

Three, bereft of public transit, roads

in cities and towns have become ‘killer

traps’ as out of 71 Indians dying every hour

in road accidents, a large number are on city


Quit clearly urbanisation dividend

will sour fast without urgent purposive


One solution to the problem is fasttracking

Metro rail construction, caveat

being it has to happen symbiotically with

complementary robust bus-based mass

transit, and practices pedestrian and cycling


Naysayers will frown upon billions

getting wasted to create ‘white elephants’—

a criticism the Delhi Metro Rail Corp. Ltd

(DMRC) braved unjustifiably for years. But

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is right in

dreaming ‘India will have Metro rail in 50

cities’, an absolute must to fight chronic

urban pollution with all our might, and to

provide our citizens affordable, fast,

comfortable and dignified urban transport.

As regards funds, this author in 2009

established to DMRC, the urban

development ministry and the department

of economic affairs that merely taxing fourwheeler

and two-wheeler users will be

sufficient to fund the entire Metro rail

expansion in the country.

But first, some facts from around the world.

Today, 200 cities have operational Metro rail

systems (15,000km, 13,000 stations, 100

million daily commuters). Interestingly, half of

these are in Asia which also has the maximum

projects under construction. Between 1970

and 2000, 25 cities globally opened Metro rail

every decade—much more are doing in the

new millennium. China from nowhere has

become numero uno with 3,500km of Metro

rail in 26 cities and 30 more cities are

constructing additional equivalent length.

Unsurprisingly, China has four of the top 10

busiest Metro rail systems—Beijing (554km)

and Shanghai (588Km) have dethroned Tokyo.

Beijing, with more than 10 million commuters

per day, handling 40%-plus commuter traffic is

slated to exceed 60% with expansion of its

network to 1,000km by 2020.


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What do you do as a nation?

We lost precious 150 years before the Delhi

Metro arrived and one more decade went

debating whether a poor nation could afford

costly Metro rail. But mercifully, the country has

fitfully started at snail pace, now-on-now-off

‘evolutionary approach’ to develop Metro rail in

various cities, indubitably turbo-charged by

success of DMRC in the National Capital Region.

But lessons from ‘Delhi Metro way’ have been

largely ignored. It is time to recap what the

Delhi Metro can teach in India’s quest of Metro

rail revolution. It is worth noting, with 214km in

operations and 160km to be modularly

operational in a year-and-a-half, DMRC’s feat is

comparable to none outside China. Here’s why.

One, in 18 year DMRC has seen only two

managing directors. While Metro-man

Sreedharan’s ethics was legendary, his successor

Mangu Singh too has fitted his ethical shoes well

and in the last four-and-a-half years has been

silently handling the daunting construction in

Delhi and other cities (now Mumbai included )

worth Rs.60,000 crore. Lesson is to choose the

chief carefully, give long tenure and leave the

person free to perform.

Two, perfected partnering model of

DMRC wherein the Centre and the state holds

50:50 share and states not only contribute

money, but own the project with most

clearances and land acquisition being state

subject should be the way forward. In the

uncontestable Metro rail sector, past attempts

of public-private-partnership should be

accepted as a mistake.

Three, plan-prioritize-proceed mantra of

DMRC is the reason behind it timely opening

various sections, lines, and phases within time

and within cost. Modularly divided construction

brigade of homegrown engineers and other

managers does the rest and delivers to clockwise


Four, mistakes are inevitable in such

gigantic projects. DMRC way of tolerance

for mistakes and zero-tolerance for

wrongdoing is a lesson worth uniform


Five, converting owner-contractor

adversarial relationship to partnership for

national gain is the biggest learning from

the Delhi Metro. Disputes are identified

and solved ab initio, contractors get

genuine claims within days and are

supported to deliver, who in return give

the project their heart and soul.

Six, with daily ridership inching

towards 3 million (highest ever 3.2

million), the Delhi Metro is already pride

of the nation. Once phase III gets going,

five million will come in no time.

Lastly, Metro rail revolution

is no fancy game. A study by Marco

Gonzalez Navarrow (University of

Toronto) and Mathew A. Turner

(Brown University) in 2016

unmistakably establishes after

researching all Metro rail systems

that cities with larger Metro rail

systems have not only more Metro

rail riders but also more bus and

other public transit riders.

So the present 1,500km in

operation, construction, planning

and drawing board is not enough.

India needs a revolution with

5,000km in the next one decade.

DMRC shows if China can do it,

India can do it as well.

(Author of this article is Strategic Advisor in

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- David Briginshaw, Editor-in-Chief, IRJ

The Indian government should take a long hard look at the way it funds railway and

metro investment as well as planning and project management processes if the

country is to address the huge backlog of investment in the national rail network let

alone keep pace with the needs of a steadily rising population. This is expected to

grow from around 1.2 billion today to 1.4 or even 1.5 billion by 2030, by which time

40% of people will be living in urban areas which are already overcrowded.

While it is encouraging to see that progress

is being made, as we report this month,

the pace of change is not nearly fast


In August, the Cabinet Committee on

Economic Affairs (CCEA) approved nine

projects to increase capacity on sections

of the Indian Railways (IR) network which

have been operating beyond design

capacity for some time.


This represents an investment of around Rs

243.5bn ($US 3.6bn) and involves laying a third

track and on one section a fourth track on

sections totalling 1927km, including major

arteries radiating from Delhi to Kolkata,

Chennai and Mumbai. While this will help,

40% of IR’s 65,000km network is already

operating above line capacity, and there is a

shortage of funds to meet track maintenance


The Indian cabinet decided on

September 21 to end a 92-year tradition of

annually presenting a separate railway budget

in parliament. Instead the rail budget will be

merged with the general budget.

While it is unlikely that the government

will absorb IR’s entire financial burden, the

merger will ensure that IR will no longer need

to pay an annual dividend, which is expected

to reach Rs 100bn this year. However, IR will

still have to meet the commitments of the 7th

Pay Commission which is expected to add Rs

400bn to its payroll.

To make matters worse, IR’s financial

performance is deteriorating with first-quarter

shortfalls in both freight and passenger

earnings. IR’s passenger losses are expected to

reach Rs 320bn this year and it is likely to

overshoot its 92% operating ratio target.

The government has also been working

on other policy reforms including the

introduction of a corporate accounting system

and the establishment of a rail tariff regulator,

which will be known as the Rail Development

Authority. This has revived speculation that

the Indian government is planning to

restructure IR along commercial lines and turn

into a separate corporation.

This will be very difficult to achieve

because IR is part of the social and economic

fabric of the country. Passenger fares and

freight rates are deliberately held down by the

government as a large proportion of the

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IR is also a state-within-a-state providing

cradle-to-grave support for its employees and

their families including health care and social

activities, which is why jobs on the railway are

so highly prized. To put IR on a commercial

footing would require the government to fund

the railway properly to provide sociallynecessary

train and welfare services. So far,

Indian politicians have shown little appetite

for such a major reform.

IR also needs to take steps to put its

own house in order. Construction of the two

Dedicated Freight Corridors is painfully slow,

morale is poor in the project teams, and it is

doubtful that the Eastern DFC will be

completed next year. IR clearly needs to hone

its project management skills, especially if it

wants to implement its planned high-speed

rail network successfully.

India also faces a major challenge to

reduce traffic congestion and pollution in its

rapidly-growing cities. There are already 48

cities with a population in excess of 1 million –

the threshold for building a metro – and

another 20 cities are expected to reach 1

million inhabitants by 2030.

India did not start building its first

metro until 1973, but it took 11 years to

complete the initial short section of the first

line in Kolkata. This experience blighted

further construction in India for at least a

decade. Attitudes changed when Delhi

demonstrated that it is possible to build a

modern metro in India in a cost-effective and

efficient manner. The first section opened in

2002 and the Indian capital now has a 213km

network which is used by 3 million people a


Delhi has tried to extend its expertise

to other cities with varying degrees of success.

Metro lines have now opened in Mumbai,

Chennai and Bangalore, with several more

lines under construction in these and other

cities, and numerous projects in the planning


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Around $US 40bn of public and private

money is expected to be invested in

metro projects during the next 10 years.

While this is a step in the right direction,

it is not so much the funding that is the

challenge but India’s ability to build new

lines quickly enough. It takes time to

assemble teams with the skills to build a

metro as well as good planning by the

city authorities.

India’s Achilles’ heel remains its

appalling bureaucracy and red tape which

stifles development particularly in the public

sector. Until this is tackled head-on, progress is

likely to remain slow.

[David Briginshaw is Editor-in-Chief of

International Railway Journal (IRJ). He has

travelled the world extensively interviewing

many of the CEOs and senior managers of the

world's railways and transit systems which has

given him an in-depth knowledge of the global

railway industry.]

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UITP Global Public Transport

Summit – the need to lead the


Two years after Milan, the biggest event in public transport is back. The 2017 UITP

Global Public Transport Summit in Montréal is now just months away and comes at

a time when the urban mobility industry is witnessing a rapid and significant



he slogan of the UITP Global Public

Transport Summit, ‘Lead the TRANSITion,’ is

a reflection of the rapid changes underway

in urban mobility. In times of

unprecedented urbanisation, digitalisation,

advances in green energy and the

emergence of new mobility players on the

scene, the public transport sector simply

cannot afford to stand on the side-lines and

have its future determined only by others.


The changing mobility world is seeing the

emergence of various innovative transport

services that offer the shared use of

vehicles and which are becoming an

increasingly common sight on today’s city

streets. Together, with the rise of

autonomous driving technology, these

services have the potential to either

dramatically reduce private car dependency

and congestion, or encourage it.

One of the key topics that will be covered during

the Global Public Transport Summit is how

autonomous vehicle technology and new

transport services have the potential to

completely redefine how authorities plan and

improve public transport, in both urban and intraurban

areas. The Summit will highlight how public

transport is taking the lead in the deployment of

autonomous mobility services and look in-depth

at their exciting potential.

The public transport sector is driving

innovative solutions, such as alternative

propulsion systems, that are allowing for

ever-greater energy efficiency. During the

Summit a diverse range of industry

leaders, including vehicle manufacturers

and transport operators, will show how

they are embracing these technologies

and share cutting edge industry


The Summit will also focus on trends in

digitalisation and the constant innovation that

are driving the need for new skills in the entire

mobility sector. In order to continue serving the

needs of customers, as well as stay competitive,

public transport operators and manufacturers

must adapt to – and even take part in developing

– these new technologies, whilst dealing with

challenges in cybersecurity.

All of these discussions will take place in

Montréal against the backdrop of unprecedented

urbanisation: according to the 2014 UN World

Urbanisation Prospects Report, around 66% of the

world’s population will be living in cities by the

year 2050. Though many socio-economic factors

are driving this evolution, it is clear that cities

must work harder to include people from all levels

of society, to enable cities to take on a more

prominent role in tomorrow’s world. This also

includes public transport and meeting the needs

of all customers, including the elderly and people

with reduced mobility, which is a growing



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Rewarding excellence in Montréal

Presented during the closing ceremony at the

Summit, the UITP Awards will recognise

ambitious and innovative mobility projects

contributing to UITP’s overarching goal of

doubling the modal share of public transport

worldwide by 2025. The Awards highlight

successful projects that have been

implemented around the world from 2015-

2017 that place public transport at the heart

of the urban and local mobility system and

that are not only ambitious and innovative

but also have the ability to be easily

transferable to other cities and regions

across the globe.

Awards will be presented for the

following categories: public transport

strategy; customer experience; operational

and technical excellence; smart financing and

business models; small cities and low-density

areas and design. UITP and the Youth for

Public Transport (Y4PT) foundation will also

be recognising new leaders, talented staff

and innovators in the sustainable mobility

sector with the Young Leadership Award.

Visitors to Montréal will also have the

opportunity to discover first-hand the results

of the world’s first ever Global Transport

Hackathon. Organised by Y4PT with the

support of UITP and its members, more than

20 cities across the globe are organising local

hackathons to explore new technologies in

sustainability, whilst encouraging young

computer programmers to get positively

involved with the sustainable mobility sector.

The winners from each event will gather at

the UITP Summit for a final hackathon as part

of a huge worldwide effort to create groundbreaking

transport solutions.

A forum for innovation

Featuring an exhibition of almost 30,000m²,

the Summit has long-been renowned for

unveiling the most important industry trends

and developments, including numerous

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world premieres. At the last edition in Milan,

almost 300 exhibitors from around the world

displayed their latest wares, from cutting edge

electric buses to ground-breaking rail and IT

solutions. This edition will offer a particular

focus on the very latest innovations, an

overview of the new players entering the sector

and a tantalising glimpse of the future of public

transport. In Montréal, a space covering

3,000m² will also be exclusively reserved for

North American companies, providing visitors

with an extraordinary showcase of know-how

and a unique overview of the state of the

industry in North America.

What’s in a name?

Public transport’s flagship biennial event,

previously known as the UITP World Congress &

Exhibition, an event with almost 130 years of

history behind it, has evolved and expanded,

reflecting the enormous innovation in the sector

and the increasing attention and importance

given to sustainable transport.

Discussions are no longer only technical: they’re

also strategic. The innovations on display are no

longer confined to the traditional modes: they

now cover the entire sustainable mobility

landscape from electric buses to smart ticketing.

The event has become quite simply the

unmissable occasion for transport ministers,

mayors, CEOs and urban visionaries to debate

and explore the strategic vision of the sector.

This is reflected in the event’s new name, the

Global Public Transport Summit. ‘Global’

because it is unique in uniting all sustainable

transport modes and professionals from across

the globe and each time in a different city and

‘Summit’ because this is where decision makers

come to talk business and future strategies.

A logical choice

The 2017 Global Public Transport Summit will be

the second time that Montréal has played host

to the biggest event in public transport, the first

occasion dating back to 1977. It will also be the

third time that the event has visited Canada,

with the event last visiting the country almost

two decades ago in Toronto in 1999.

Over the last few years, public transport

has enjoyed an historic success in Montréal. The

concerted efforts of the Québec government

and Greater Montréal Area municipalities have

yielded significant results, driven in particular by

the first Québec Public Transit Policy (QPTP)

which aimed to increase services offered and

ridership. On this aspect, the Montréal region

achieved, in 2013, an all-time ridership record of

more than 725m passenger trips. During the

event, a North American day, dedicated to

exploring topics affecting the continent, will

explore a public transport market that is

enjoying somewhat of a renaissance. Around 30

cities in the US and Canada are currently

working on light rail projects either preserving

existing lines, extending networks or creating

brand new systems, such as the €1.3bn Valley

Line project in Edmonton or the €1bn Evergreen

Line extension in Vancouver.

Montréal: the world capital of public transport

in 2017

The 2017 UITP Global Public Transport Summit

will provide a timely forum for the entire urban

mobility world to come together when it is

facing such rapid and unprecedented change.

Montréal will be the world’s capital of public

transport in 2017 as transport leaders will rub

shoulders with the likes of urban leaders, tech

wizards and policy watchers in the Canadian city

to discuss, debate and determine the direction

of this dynamic sector.

UITP Global Public Transport Summit, Montréal,

15-17 May 2017.

Find out more:


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From Milan to Montreal:

Interview with UITP Secretary

General, Alain Flausch

The Global Public Transport Summit is a unique event that covers all urban and

regional transport modes. It combines a full programme of congress sessions with

an exhibition of the latest solutions, innovations and products in public transport

and urban mobility. Here is the remarkable answers of questions asked by Metro

Rail News team with UITP Secretary General, Mr. Alain Flausch:-

1. This year Canada will host the UITP Global

Public Transport Summit. Why was Montréal


As you know, UITP’s biennial flagship event sees

us visit a different city on each ocassion. The

last three editions were held in Dubai, Geneva

and Milan but we’re now heading to North

America and the Canadian city of Montréal.

Why? Well, it has a lot to do with the city’s

recent achievements in developing public

transport, which can be considered an

historic success over the past few years. The

concerted efforts of the Québec government

and Greater Montréal Area municipalities

have yielded impressive results, driven in

particular by the first Québec Public Transit

Policy which aimed to increase services


offered and ridership. Consequently, the

Montréal region achieved, in 2013, an all-time

ridership record of more than 725m

passenger trips. The 2017 Global Public

Transport Summit will actually be the second

time that Montréal has played host to the

biggest event in public transport, the first

occasion dating back to 1977. It will also be

the third time that the event has visited

Canada, with the event last visiting the

country almost two decades ago in Toronto in

1999. 2017 will be an exceptional year

for Montréal. Not only will the city be

celebrating its 375th anniversary, but it

will also be the 150th anniversary of

the Canadian Confederation. Montréal

metro has just celebrated its own 50th

anniversary as well so, all in all, it’s an

exciting time for the city.

2. What can we look forward to at the 2017

UITP Global Public Transport Summit?

At the Summit we will see the international

public transport community, transport

ministers, mayors, industry CEOs and urban

visionaries all come together to debate and

explore the strategic vision of this dynamic

sector. The slogan of the 2017 edition, ‘Lead

the TRANSITion,’ reflects the rapid changes

that are currently underway in urban mobility.

When we are facing such rapid urbanisation,

increasing digitalisation, improvements in

green technology and the arrival of new

mobility players, our message is that the

public transport sector cannot afford to stand

on the side-lines and have its future

determined only by others. One of the key

topics that will be covered at the Summit is

therefore to look at how autonomous vehicle

technology and new transport services have

the potential to completely redefine how

authorities plan and improve public transport,

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but also how public transport is taking the lead

in the deployment of autonomous mobility

services. The Summit will focus on trends in

digitalisation and the constant innovation that

are together driving the need for new skills in

the sector. In order to continue serving the

needs of customers, as well as stay

competitive, public transport operators and

manufacturers must adapt to – and even take

part in developing – these new technologies,

whilst dealing with challenges in cybersecurity.

The public transport sector is driving

innovative solutions, such as alternative

propulsion systems, that are allowing

for ever-greater energy efficiency.

During the Summit a diverse range of

industry leaders, including vehicle

manufacturers and transport operators,

will show how they are embracing these

technologies and share cutting edge

industry techniques. Throughout the

programme, we’ll also be having a close look

at the challenges of urban mobility in

developing economies and there will be an

entire day dedicated to exploring the North

American public transport renaissance.

Meanwhile, the 30,000m² exhibition will offer

a real showcase for the very latest

developments and innovations that the public

transport industry has to offer. The previous

edition in Milan attracted almost 300

exhibitors, offering a tangible glimpse at

what the future of urban mobility has in

store. Montréal will be no different and

numerous exhibitors are set to officially unveil

their world premieres and there will also be a

dedicated North America pavilion, providing a

showcase of what the region has to offer. This

is the place for public transport professionals

to meet clients face-to-face, see what industry

rivals are doing and create new business



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3. What’s happening more broadly in North

American public transport?

What we are seeing is that North Americans

are becoming more supportive of mass

mobility. Not many people may realise this but

in the recent US elections, 33 of the 48 local

and state-wide public transit measures up for

vote were approved, which is a very

encouraging sign. Evolving demographic

patterns, continued demand for a cleaner

environment and a new willingness of

governments to allocate funding for

improvements and new projects are promising

steps for the future of public transport in the

region. Of the many ongoing projects, light rail

transport really seems to have taken off in

terms of popularity. Today, cities like Los

Angeles are returning to light rail as a way to

address growing urbanisation. LA’s

increasingly pedestrian-friendly downtown is

accessible by public transport and has many

other mobility projects in progress. Beyond

LA, some 30 cities in the US and Canada are

working on light rail projects such as

preserving existing lines, extending networks

or creating brand new systems. Two notable

projects are the Valley Line light rail project in

Edmonton and the Evergreen Line extension in

Vancouver. This renewed focus on rail in North

America is combined with a growing interest

in innovation, industry best practices as well

as the maintenance and safety of ageing,

legacy infrastructure. This topic will be

covered during the Summit, where a

dedicated North American day will explore

these and other topics affecting the continent.

4. What does the future of urban mobility

look like?

Over the last couple of years we have seen

the rapid emergence of what we call ‘new

mobility players’ onto the scene.

Whether it’s ride-selling services, freefloating

car-sharing, demand responsive

shuttles or even autonomous cars, what’s

clear is that the traditional ‘private vs public

transport’ distinction is becoming

increasingly blurred. The question now is how

we best integrate these news services into a

holistic, shared mobility offer. Despite what

the car industry may say about autonomous

cars, public transport will remain unbeatable

for carrying large amounts of people on key

corridors at peak hours. There is a space and

a demand for these new services in our cities

and if we can successfully integrate urban

and transport planning then we can steer the

growth of public transport in

complementarity with these services in a

productive way. We can also expect greater

efforts to ramp-up the electrification of

public transport as we work towards the

objective of low or zero carbon urban

mobility; public transport is already 40-50%

electric so there is still a way to go,

particularly with buses. As the recent COP22

climate event illustrated, there is increasing

recognition from policy makers for public

transport to play the ‘backbone’ role in

providing low or zero carbon mobility. Finally,

the buzzword of the day, ‘digitalisation,’ is

also opening exciting new doors for public

transport. The massive increase in data that

is now available to public transport

companies is allowing us to increasingly

enhance customer service, whether it’s

developing new apps or smart ticketing

solutions. It’s also allowing us to be smarter:

big data will allow us to better match supply

and demand and to enhance our own

operations. This is a major trend and will

affect how public transport interacts with its

customers, other transport modes and urban

services. It’s the beginning of an exciting



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Five make-or-break factors to unlock

rail travel in Asia Pacific

2.77 billion. That was the total number of passenger trips taken by rail in China. For

context, all of the world’s airlines carried a total of 3.7 billion passengers in 2016.

Meanwhile across Southeast Asia, the long-discussed plans for a pan-regional rail

network are edging closer to reality – with conversations about the high-speed rail

between Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur being restarted and the game-changing highspeed

rail linking Kuala Lumpur to Singapore scheduled for completed by 2026. Even

in India, where rail has been the dominant mode of transport, we are seeing on

going developments such as the proposal for the country’s first high-speed rail

corridor which is set to transform travel time and rail experience.


his resurgence of rail coincides with the rapid growth and evolution of

the wider Asia Pacific travel market. With the booming travel market in

the region, there is huge potential for rail to play an ever greater role

as an alternative to air travel. But how can rail operators effectively tap

the region’s potential and have a larger slice of the market share?

Amadeus recently interviewed representatives from Asia Pacific rail

operators, international leisure and corporate travel agents and

industry experts this year and identified five make or break factors to

unlock the potential of rail travel. These fives are:-

Pierre-Yves Guillaume

APAC Head of Rail &

Ground Transportation


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1. Capturing customers old and new

Rail operators are jostling for the attention of

travellers in an increasingly competitive

landscape filled with more transport options

than ever before. Marketing and

merchandising need to become a priority when

it comes to engaging and familiarising

travellers with the services and conveniences

of rail. Ticketing should also extend beyond

existing closed channels and be more

accessible to travellers across various

platforms and devices.

2. Make timetables, booking, and data

universally available

The biggest barrier for travellers choosing rail is

the difficulty to access and understand rail

timetables and booking information. In view of

the strong movement towards self-managed

travel, travellers should have the option to

book their flight, hotel, and train ticket—at the

same time, from the same platform. The

integration of rail content in Global Distribution

Systems is a crucial step to making this a

reality. Rail operators need to take a customercentric

approach and start collaborating

towards a true and unique multi-channel,

multi-modal and multi-country offering.

3. Mobile is a must

Asia Pacific is arguably the most tech-savvy

region, with an estimated four billion mobile

connections region wide. Not having an

intuitive mobile platform is a sure way to lose

the traveller, no matter how great the onboard

service might be. As such, rail operators should

look into offering mobile-optimised booking

sites and applications to engage increasingly

mobile travellers.

innovate and deliver a more personalised

travel service—bringing a door-to-door

experience to today’s increasingly demanding

travellers. This requires collaboration

between industry players to enable a

seamless travel experience and make booking

a flight, hotel and train all together a simple


5. Make payment easy

The next generation of travellers will demand

even more conveniences throughout their

journey. As such, rail operators need to stay

ahead, and one of the ways is by automating

payment. The success of embedded payments

in ride-hailing and accommodation services has

proven that automated payment is increasingly

becoming a necessity, especially for more savvy


(This article is written by Mr. Pierre-Yves

Guillaume, Head of Rail – Asia Pacific,


4. Complement, cooperate, and compete

As the travel market grows and diversifies,

there is huge potential for rail operators to


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Operation & Maintenance of Sewage

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Providing interlocking of pavers in the

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on RHS of Uppal Metro station and at

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