The Eurovia construction consortium has welded the first track on Line D of Bordeaux's tramway.
The authority building Phase 2B of the Foothill Gold line has started the countdown to construction work after awarding a $2.6 million utility relocation contract.
The autonomous "very light rail" system is subject to approval of the business case and is said to be cheaper, quieter and more environmentally friendly than anything currently available, according to the University of Warwick.
The news comes after Edinburgh city council approved the outline business case for the extension of the city's tram network to the coastal district of Newhaven.
The first Citylink tram-train has entered passenger service on Sheffield's tram network.
Dynamic testing has begun on Stage 2 of the Gold Coast Light Rail network.
The Australian state of Victoria has awarded new operating contracts for Melbourne's rail and tram networks, promising to come down hard on poor performance.
In recent decades, there has been a noticeable revival of rail in the US and Canada.
A 11.4km light railway line has been launched in South Korea's capital city.
Estonia is celebrating the launch of a new tram line which will support the proposed Trans-European railway Rail Baltica.