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AUSTRALIA: Sydney Airport released their first ever Sustainability Report which outlined plans for improving transport infrastructure.  

The Airport Link already in place is a 9km train connection between Sydney Airport and Sydney City and other destinations. Reports show over 6.4 million passengers use the train each year.

In 2012, Sydney Airport and Transport for NSW commissioned a survey of over 14,000 passengers on the journeys they took to and from the airport. The results showed a 2% decline in use of public buses and an increase in use of trains by 5% between 2006 and 2012.

“With 38.5 million passengers a year, we’re focused on responsibly managing the airport to support this growth while also enhancing the passenger experience,” said Sydney Airport managing director and chief executive officer Kerrie Mather.


Taxi 27%
Drop-off/Pick-up 20%
Coach/Bus 18%
Train 16%
Car (Parked) 10%
Rental Car 4%
Public Bus 2%
Motorcycle/ walk 2%
Limousine 1%

Sydney Airport’s Major Development Plan includes provision for a new ground transport interchange at the airport including a bus/coach station with capacity for around 4,000 vehicles to encourage greater use of public transport.

This year the airport intends to investigate replacing the diesel shuttle buses with electric buses.

Sydney Airport has advocated for a reduction of station access fees on rail and the provision of additional public bus services to the airport.

The improved public transportation will support the airport’s increased passenger flow and help minimise environmental impacts made by travel.

SYD Sustainability Report

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USA: Tri-Rail’s new Miami Airport Station (MIA) is now open, as part of the Miami Intermodal Center (MIC).

With this historic opening, Tri-Rail passengers enjoy a seamless and immediate connection to the airport via a short ride on the MIA Mover. Many riders have been anxiously awaiting this announcement as the station had been closed for nearly four years during construction.

Tri-Rail’s schedule has been slightly adjusted to include the additional stop, which will return to being the southernmost station on the 72-mile rail corridor. However, arrival times for the remaining stations will remain the same as in the current Tri-Rail schedule.

miami airport

“This is another significant milestone, which is symbolic of our vital role to connect South Florida to the world,” said Commissioner Bruno Barreiro, Chair of the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority/Tri-Rail. “Our loyal passengers, plus the thousands of new riders that we anticipate to travel in and out of Miami International Airport, will greatly enjoy this state-of-the art facility that we expect will become an international transit hub of which we can all be proud.”

The MIC is an intermodal facility designed to accommodate several transportation connections. Tri-Rail now joins Miami-Dade Transit’s Metrorail and Metrobus service which already have access to the facility, along with the Rental Car Center and taxi service. Anticipated future service includes Amtrak, Greyhound and bicycle lockers.

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USA: The Regional Transportation District of Denver's (RTD) first two commuter rail cars rolled onto the East Rail Line for their first trip from Union Station to Denver International Airport on Friday, 3rd April.

The rail cars were pulled along the new tracks from Union Station along the 23 mile-long route at a pace of roughly 10 miles per hour.

This kicks off a year-long schedule of testing and commissioning prior to opening day in 2016.

It was the first time people were able to see the commuter trains on the tracks to the airport. A diesel-powered "track-mobile" pulled the cars. The overhead electric wires were not used to power the trains on this trip.

The trains moved slowly on this first run so that RTD's concessionaire on the project, Denver Transit Partners, could observe the track and vehicle conditions along the whole route.

Denver EastRailLine Test

Hear from Dan Poremba, Managing Director, Airport City Development, Denver International Airport at the Global AirRail 2015 conference, taking place in Toronto on 20-22 May. 

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BULGARIA: A new extension from Sofia’s Underground Red Line to connect Sofia Airport with four new stops is set to open early April this year.

Sofia Metro expects to see an increase in passenger numbers by 32%. Earlier in March, the operator has added English announcements to their trains, anticipating higher numbers of foreign passengers.

The opening of the two new lines will be to Mladost 4 and the Sofia Airport and it will have a direct connection to the rail line between two of the biggest cities, Sofia and Plovdiv.

The executive director the Sofia Metropolitan, Stoyan Bratoev said the new line will have four stations.

The metro line to Sofia Airport is “100% ready” after test runs to check off the safety requirements said Bratoev.

Expected travel time is 15 minutes from the airport to the city centre.

Construction of the extension began in November 2012 and cost $76 million USD (136 million leva). The majority of the funding was covered by the EU’s transport operational programme and the rest by Sofia Municipality and the national budget.

Sofia metro map

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INDIA: Phase I of the Chennai Metro Rail Project is expected to be completed by the end of the year with further development following in stages throughout 2016.

The Phase consists of two corridors, one from Washermenpet to Chennai Airport and the other from Chennai Central to St Thomas Mount.

Chief Minister of the state of Tamil Nadu, O. Panneerselvam promised at the end of March that the project would be implemented in stages in 2015-16 after struggling to acquire adequate funds at the beginning of February.

“Phase I of the project will be commissioned in phases beginning this year,” Mr. Panneerselvam said. The State had released a sum of Rs.615.78 crore ($98 million USD) to ensure timely completion of the work. Currently, the State has fulfilled its obligations by releasing a sum of Rs.3,105.82 crore ($496 million USD), both as loan and share capital.

“We hope that the Government of India will also release the already-overdue amount of Rs.1,498.74 crore ($239 million USD) of loan and share capital to this project at the earliest,” he said.

The Metro Rail project started in 2009 and will cost of Rs. 14,000 crore ($2.24 billion USD).

Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Limited (DMRC), undertaking the project, submitted a Detailed Project Report (DPR) relating to the Chennai Metro Rail Project. The DPR envisages the creation of 2 initial corridors under the proposed first phase of the Chennai Metro Rail Project:

Corridor 1: Washermenpet to Chennai Airport at 23.1km with 13 stops.
Corridor 2: Chennai Central to St Thomas Mount at 22.0km with 17 stops.

The portions of Corridor 1 with a length of 14.3 km and Corridor 2 at 9.7 km will be underground and the remainder elevated. The total length of 45.1km.

 cmrl schematic map

Chennai Metropolis has been growing rapidly with traffic volumes increasing enormously. This Metro rail project aims to provide the people of Chennai with a reliable and efficient mode of public transport which is to be integrated with other forms of public and private transport including buses, sub-urban trains and MRTS.