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NIGERIA: President Muhammadu Buhari has inspected the new terminal building under construction at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International airport and inaugurated the Phase 1 of the Abuja Rail Mass Transit Project on 12th of July.

The first phase of the Abuja light rail system has two lines with connections to the airport and the national rail network. The entire metro system, comprising 290 kilometres and is being built by China Civil Engineering and Construction Corp at a cost of $824 million, partly funded by loans from the Export-Import Bank of China, which is providing 60 percent, according to the Abuja city administration. It will span the entire city and will be developed in six phases.

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According to the Managing Director of Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria Saleh Dunoma, the work on the new airport terminal should be completed by October.

“We are pressing the contractor China Civil Engineering and Construction Company (CCECC) to finish in August so that we can start operations in October and all the stakeholders are working together to ensure this," Dunoma said.

The work includes linking Abuja Metro Rail station to the new terminal, and constructing two new car parking building on both wings of the terminal.

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USA: Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation to advance the process to build a new AirTrain connection to LaGuardia Airport. The new law will allow multiple potential alignments to be considered during an upcoming environmental review of the proposed AirTrain LGA project, planned between the airport and the Long Island Rail Road Station and the 7 subway train at Mets-Willets Point in Flushing, Queens.

The Governor's action marks another critical step toward making a mass-transit link between Midtown Manhattan and LaGuardia a reality, which will help reduce vehicular congestion and delays for passengers traveling to and from the airport. AirTrain LGA seeks to establish a reliable, convenient means of travel, with less-than 30-minute trips between the airport and New York Penn Station or Grand Central Terminal. It will also provide rail access from all of Long Island via the LIRR as well as the MTA's 7 subway line.

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In coordination with the Federal Aviation Administration, the steps include the selection of a consultant to prepare the EIS and to oversee the process for the proposed environmental review. The environmental review is slated to begin later this year and be completed by the end of 2019.

Construction is anticipated to start in 2020 and conclude in 2022.

The legislation specifically defines a corridor within which the AirTrain LGA project could be constructed and allows, within this corridor, for alternative alignments to be developed and considered as part of an extensive environmental review process, with required public participation. That corridor was created in consultation with local community members and elected officials. No route can be finalized before the environmental review, which will be led by the FAA, is completed. Under the legislation, the State Department of Transportation would be authorized to acquire parcels of land already owned by the City or the MTA within the established corridor. No private property would be impacted.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates LaGuardia Airport, is working cooperatively with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to build a new station complex at Mets-Willets Point, with easy transfer options between the LIRR or 7-line and the new AirTrain, which will run approximately every four minutes. The total estimated travel time between midtown Manhattan and the airport of less than 30 minutes is comprised of an approximate 16-minute journey on the LIRR between Moynihan/Penn Station or Grand Central and Willets Point, followed by an approximate 6-minute journey from the Willets Point Station to LaGuardia.

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USA: Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority started consultations on Sepulveda Transit Corridor project connecting San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles International Airport.

Metro officials have presented six initial concepts for the future rail line, which were developed as part of an ongoing feasibility study for the project.

Four different types of rail are being studied - heavy rail, light rail, monorail and rubber-tire transit.

According to the Metro the emphasis at this time is to look at how a Sepulveda rail line could connect to other existing or planned transit lines, including the Orange and Expo Lines, the Purple Line Extension of the subway that is currently under construction and the future East San Fernando Valley Transit Corridor line between Van Nuys and the San Fernando/Sylmar Metrolink station.

Measures R and M — Metro’s two most recent sales tax measures — provide about $9.8 billion for this project, which will be built in three phases. About $260 million will go toward construction of ExpressLanes on the 405 between the 10 and 101 freeways, with a scheduled opening in 2026. The next $5.7 billion is for the Valley to Westside rail segment scheduled to open in the early 2030s and the remaining $3.8 billion is for the Westside to LAX segment with a 2057 opening.

Metro is working with Elon Musk’s Boring Company to ensure their Loop tunnel project doesn’t interfere with any potential alignments for the Sepulveda project. The Boring Company plans to build a test tunnel beginning near the Expo Line’s Sepulveda Station that will run south to Culver City. 

Metro will continue evaluating these concepts and hopes to conclude the project’s feasibility study in 2019.

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UK: Chief Executive Stewart Wingate has announced the new five-year Capital Investment Plan (CIP) for Gatwick Airport. The airport will spend £1.11 billion up to 2023, with £266 million planned for 2018/19 alone. 

Gatwick expects to continue growing its long-haul operation and predicts that passenger numbers will increase to nearly 53 million by 2023. 

According to the airport, work on developing the design of the railway station, led by Network Rail, is continuing, although it has taken longer to find an affordable solution and secure the necessary funding than originally envisaged. The CIP includes enabling works for Network Rail’s planned upgrade to the Gatwick station and it is now expected the works to be completed by late 2022. 

Another focus in the investment plan is to further develop the airport car parks to meet the forecast demand. Gatwick Airport will complete the South Terminal long stay car park decking project, providing an additional 1,200 car parking spaces for summer 2018. The airport is also investigating the use of robots for parking vehicles, offering efficient use of existing car park spaces through clos-space parking. According to the CIP, a pilot project at Lyon airport is being monitored for effectiveness and customer response.

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UK: Chief Executive Stewart Wingate has announced the new five-year Capital Investment Plan (CIP) for Gatwick Airport. The airport will spend £1.11 billion up to 2023, with £266 million planned for 2018/19 alone.

 

Gatwick expects to continue growing its long-haul operation and predicts that passenger numbers will increase to nearly 53 million by 2023. 

 

According to the airport, work on developing the design of the railway station, led by Network Rail, is continuing, although it has taken longer to find an affordable solution and secure the necessary funding than originally envisaged. The CIP includes enabling works for Network Rail’s planned upgrade to the Gatwick station and it is now expected the works to be completed by late 2022.

 

Another focus in the investment plan is to further develop the airport car parks to meet the forecast demand. Gatwick Airport will complete the South Terminal long stay car park decking project, providing an additional 1,200 car parking spaces for summer 2018. The airport is also investigating the use of robots for parking vehicles, offering efficient use of existing car park spaces through clos-space parking. According to the CIP, a pilot project at Lyon airport is being monitored for effectiveness and customer response.

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USA: The Boring Company has been selected by the Chicago Infrastructure Trust (CIT), on behalf of the City of Chicago, to design, build, finance, operate and maintain an O’Hare Express service. 

According to the Boring Company, the Chicago Express Loop will provide fast and convenient transportation between O’Hare Airport (Terminals 1-3) and Block 37 in downtown Chicago. 

Loop is a high-speed underground public transportation system in which passengers are transported on autonomous electric skates traveling at 125-150 miles per hour. Electric skates will carry between 8 and 16 passengers, or a single passenger vehicle. 

Electric skates are based on the Tesla Model X, the Chicago Express Loop's skates will be mechanically confined to a concrete track within the tunnel and operate under safety approvals issued by both federal and state agencies. The vehicles will be battery powered and zero-emissions. Each electric skate features a climate controlled cabin, luggage storage space, and Wi-Fi.

Electric skates will leave each station as frequently as every 30 seconds. The Chicago Express Loop will operate 20 hours per day, every day of the week.

It will take 12-minutes to travel from O’Hare to downtown. The Chicago Express Loop will be three to four times faster than existing transportation systems between O’Hare Airport and downtown Chicago.

The Boring Company will fully finance the project.

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