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Source:  www.railwaygazette.com

The German Land of Schleswig-Holstein has agreed to fund a €2·5m study into extending Hamburg S-Bahn services to Ahrensburg as the first stage of a €350m plan for a route S4 to Bad Oldesloe. Work could begin in 2018.

The Federal Transit Administration has released a $103bn Full Funding Grant Agreement for Denver Regional Transportation District’s FasTracks programme, worth $67bn in total. The funding covers construction of the Gold Line commuter rail route to Arvada (RG 6.11 p18), but completion of the remaining FasTracks projects is still subject to a local referendum on a sales tax increase.

A multi-modal public transport study for Jeddah has been completed, governor of Makkah province Prince Khaled Al-Faisal announced on July 27. Tendering for construction of a metro is expected to begin soon.

DB has begun surveying a 9 km extension of München S-Bahn route S7 from Wolfratshausen to Geretsried. Plans will be submitted to the EBA later this year, and construction could begin in 2013 for completion in three years.

Opening of the first phase of the Boston Green Line extension to Somerville and Medford has been put back from 2014 to late 2018. Massachusetts Department of Transportation said it had learned from the Greenbush commuter line which was late and over budget partly because some land had not been purchased before tendering began.

The mayor of Tehran opened a 2 km, one-station extension of metro Line 1 from Haram-e-Motahar to Kahrizak on July 21.

The US Department of Transportation has released a $47·6m Tiger economic stimulus grant for a proposed 4·2 km, 12-stop tram starter line linking Martin Luther King Jr Center with Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta.

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