After a four-year closure during works for the City Rail Link project, Auckland’s historic Chief Post Office building has reopened as the main entrance to the Britomart Transport Centre. This follows a complex engineering project undertaken by a joint venture of Downer NZ and Soletanche Bachy to remove original support columns out of the way of the new CRL tunnels and transfer the CPO’s weight to new foundations without damaging the Category A-listed 109 year old building. ‘With many aspects of the original design still in place, the CPO provides a glimpse of Auckland’s heritage as well as being part of the future of our increasingly vibrant and people-friendly downtown’, said Mayor Phil Goff.
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Engineering has established a technical service centre in Singapore as a regional hub for its transport operations, maintenance and after-sales activities in Asia. The centre ‘is an integral part of MHI Group’s expansion strategy in the Asia-Pacific region’, said Yoshiyuki Hanasawa, MHI Executive Vice-President and Chief Regional Officer for Asia-Pacific & India. ‘This is an exciting opportunity for us to serve as the bridge between our customers in Asia Pacific and local transportation systems in the region by providing exceptional support to facilitate their overall economic development.’
Amazon Pay can now be used to top up Delhi Metro Smart Cards. ‘The initiative is in line with DMRC’s commitment towards supporting the digital drive to promote cashless transactions among the Delhi Metro commuters, at a time when social distancing has become a new normal’, said DMRC Managing Director Dr Mangu Singh. Amazon Pay CEO Mahendra Nerurkar added that ‘we are constantly innovating and creating new experiences to make digital payments seamless across a variety of use cases. Commute is a very important aspect of daily lives of our customers and Delhi Metro is the lifeline for millions of daily commuters in Delhi-NCR. By enabling our customers to recharge their Delhi Metro cards in a contactless manner, we aim to make their lives more convenient, safe, cashless and secure.’
Masabi and Jorudan have launched mobile ticketing in Oita, Sapporo, Asahikawa, Kumamoto, Oshima and Tsuchiura, taking the total number of deployments in Japan to 17. Tickets are available for purchase via the Japan Transit Planner and Norikae Annai apps, helping to enhance the discoverability of public transport through apps that people are already familiar with.
Moscow is to take delivery of 109 low-floor trams in 2021, including 19 three-section Vityaz-M and 90 single-section vehicles, the first low-floor single-section trams in the city.
Toronto area transport agency Metrolinx has released the initial business case and supplementary analysis for the Yonge North Subway Extension project, outlining options for an 8 km extension of metro Line 1 from Finch to Richmond Hill. This would put 26 000 more people within walking distance of the metro, and reduce commuting times to downtown Toronto by up to 22 min.