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MACAU: Macau Transportation Infrastructure Office has confirmed that the construction of the Macau Light Rail Taipa line is underway with relevant tests and operational preparations continuing to advance as scheduled.

The 9.3km Macau LRT Taipa Line will be the first rapid transit system in Macau serving 11 stations, which include Taipa's port and the airport, and is expected to commence services in the second half of 2019.

MTR Railway Operations Macau (MTR Macau), a 100% owned subsidiary of MTR Corporation, will be responsible for the operations and maintenance of the line.

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USA: Dallas Fort Worth International (DFW) Airport and Trinity Metro welcomed the start of TEXRail service at Terminal B, offering customers the first public transportation option to directly connect DFW Airport to downtown Fort Worth.

“This year, DFW will serve more customers with more international flights than ever, and a growing number of our customers expect convenient rail service to take them from the Airport to a city centre,” said Sean Donohue, CEO of DFW Airport. “TEXRail provides our customers with direct access to Fort Worth, one of the fastest growing cities in the country. Along with DART service to Dallas, DFW customers have more choices to access the Airport or make their way across the Dallas Fort Worth region.”

“We believe TEXRail is going to be a game-changer for this region,” said Trinity Metro President/CEO Paul J Ballard. “Our new commuter rail line will give travellers the ease and convenience of taking the train to the Airport and arriving on time. TEXRail will be a great option for airport workers and other people who work along the route.”

DFW’s construction of the station cost $39 million and took 19 months to complete. From Terminal B, customers can access other terminals via Terminal Link (pre-security) or Skylink (post-security). TEXRail is the second train line to connect the Airport to the DFW metroplex, with the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) Orange Line providing light rail service between DFW Airport and Dallas since 2014.

Ticket fares are $2.50 one way or $5.00 for an all-day pass. Trains run daily from Fort Worth starting at 3:30 a.m. and arriving at the Airport before 4:30 a.m. The last train will leave DFW at 1:00 a.m. TEXRail will operate seven days a week, with trains running every 30 minutes during peak hours.

“We are providing first-class service for a nominal price,” said Trinity Metro Senior Vice President Bob Baulsir. “We expect to have 8,000 riders a day by the end of the first year of service.”

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FRANCE: SNCF Gares & Connexions and Air France partnered up to offer in-town baggage drop-off service to customers travelling to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport from Paris Gare du Nord railway station. 

An Air France check-in counter, located at Paris Gare du Nord next to platform 3 opposite the SNCF shop, will welcome customers for three months as from December 17, 2018 from 10am to 7pm Monday to Sunday.

Air France, Joon and HOP! customers travelling from Paris-Charles de Gaulle will be able to check in their baggage between 30 hours and 8 hours before their flight. The service costs €15 for the first baggage item and €10 for each subsequent baggage item. Customers' luggage will then be picked up and delivered to Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport.

This service is available to customers travelling in the Economy, Premium Economy and Business cabins for flights from Paris-Charles de Gaulle to all destinations, except the United States and Israel. All baggage, with a maximum weight of 32 kg and a maximum dimension of 158 cm, can be checked in.

For family trips, a member of the family with parental authority can drop off everyone's baggage. This person must be part of the travelling party and must show all the family's travel documents.

This service is an important part of SNCF Gares & Connexions' City Booster strategy, which aims to open up stations in the city and provide improved connections to other modes of transport. It also helps customers travelling to Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport by public transport by taking their baggage and simplifying their mobility.

The only other city in Europe offering this service is Vienna, where City Airport Train (CAT) passengers can drop-off their luggage in the CAT city railway station.

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USA: Dallas Area Rapid Transit has approved a $783 million contract for Archer Western and joint venture partner Herzog Contracting Group to design and build the Cotton Belt commuter rail line with assistance from lead designer Jacobs Engineering. The 26-mile line will stretch across North Texas from Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) to Plano, and it will connect northern areas of Tarrant, Dallas, and Collin counties. 

Cotton Belt includes 10 total stations as well as interchanges with the DART light rail Orange, Green and Red lines, the TEXRail commuter line to Fort Worth and local bus services. Stations will be located in Dallas, Carrollton, Addison, Richardson and Plano. 

"North Texas is booming, and this reliable, local transit option will be a welcomed addition for many residents," said David Casey, president of Archer Western's heavy civil division. "We are thrilled to partner with DART and connect the communities of North Texas via Cotton Belt's high-quality transit service." 

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In addition to numerous past DART projects, Archer Western and Herzog are delivering transportation infrastructure in tandem across the Dallas/Fort Worth region. The companies are in the final stages of constructing TEXRail, a new 27-mile commuter rail project for Trinity Metro extending from downtown Fort Worth into Terminal B at the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. Archer Western is also completing a separate contract for the new DFW Terminal B station, the terminus for TEXRail. 

Construction on the Cotton Belt line will begin in 2019 with project completion anticipated in 2022.

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USA: The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has announced that it has awarded a total of $16.6 million to 20 organizations around the country to support comprehensive planning projects that improve access to public transportation. The funds are made available through FTA’s Pilot Program for Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Planning, which assists communities that are developing new or expanded mass transit systems.  

The Pilot Program for TOD Planning provides funding to project sponsors who will integrate land use and transportation planning efforts with eligible transit projects. The grants will fund comprehensive planning to support transit ridership, multimodal connectivity, and mixed-use development near transit stations.

FTA’s TOD Pilot Program was established under the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) in 2012 and continued by the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act in 2015. The program is authorized through fiscal year 2020.

Two airport access improvement projects were awarded the grant:

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Indianapolis Public Transportation Corporation (IndyGo) in Indiana will receive $320,000 to support planning along the Blue Line Rapid Transit project, a planned bus rapid transit line that will link downtown Indianapolis, the airport and the Town of Cumberland. The operation of the line is planned for late 2022.

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The City of Charlotte in North Carolina will receive $920,000 to plan for development along the proposed LYNX Silver Line, a light rail extension from Gaston County to the Charlotte-Douglas International Airport, Uptown Charlotte, Mathews and Union County.

In November 2016, the Metropolitan Transit Commission (MTC) approved staff's recommendation of light rail as the locally preferred alternative for the Southeast Corridor by adopting the LYNX Silver Line light rail alignment into the 2030 Transit System Plan