Council chooses parking over housing

In June and July a series of guest posts ran on Greater Auckland about Co-housing, and the proposed Co-housing development in Grey Lynn. In summary these posts: Introduced the concept of co-housing Explained the proposed co-housing development on Surrey Crescent in Grey Lynn Noted the planning challenges the scheme faced, being located in a special character area Resource Consent for the scheme was submitted in March, with the application notified to households nearby in June 2018.…
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Jul & Aug-18 Ridership

Auckland Transport have published the ridership data for July and August and they both look positive. Here is a quick breakdown of the two months. July The numbers for July look impressive, particularly with non-busway buses which saw double digit growth, although some of this will be the result of there being one extra business day compared to July-17.…
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Freyberg Place to become a pedestrian mall

Some good news yesterday with Auckland Transport announcing that Freyberg Square will be changed to a pedestrian mall following their consultation a few months ago. It’s a simple but important change that will see the retractable bollards defaulted to being raised and to only lowered be lowered for emergencies or for a special exception.…
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Putney Way impression vs reality

This is a quick post highlighting a recent example of how the finished product for a project can often be quite different to what was promised in the artist’s impressions and press releases. Back in February, Auckland Transport on behalf of Panuku Development Auckland started an upgrade to Putney Way in Manukau which runs alongside the new bus station.…
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Cycleway costs and safety comms

Thisis a few follow-up’s to some recent posts we’ve published. Earlier in the week I commented on how cycling projects are now often much more than just bike lanes and the budget should perhaps instead be called the “safety-and-streetscape-upgrade-and-stormwater-fix-and-traffic-calming-and-pedestrian-improvements-and-retaining-parking-and-cycling budget“. Yesterday Auckland Transport got in touch and provided the below information on cycleway costs.…
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Induced Demand 101

CityLab have put together an excellent summary on the concept of induced travel demand, that we have discussed many times over the years. It’s a really good piece because it pulls together a lot of different points on induced demand into one place.…
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Express not always best for Airport

Whether to run express services or not is an age-old debate when it comes to public transport. Speed and coverage/accessibility are some of the many variables that need to be traded off against each other when designing a network. In Auckland, the most notable place this debate is currently occurring is in regard to the airport.…
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