London’s new transport strategy

Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, recently released his new transport strategy and – in short – it looks fantastic. Crucially, the strategy recognises that transport is – literally – a means to an end and it really focuses on the question of how transport in London can contribute to that city being a great place.…
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Making PT hard

Over recent years public transport has clearly improved, as can be so easily observed by looking at the ridership figures. Yet, while it has improved and more improvements are on the way, it often feels like the system is let down by making it unnecessarily hard for users.…
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May-2017 Ridership

Auckland Transports public transport ridership numbers for May are out and and they continue to show impressive growth. This was helped in part by there being an extra working day in the month compared to May-16. – and a lot more than there were in April (only 17 working days).…
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Broken Business Cases

A few weeks ago, Steven Joyce spoke regarding traditional cost-benefit basis, here is what he said reported in NZ Herald: Some projects in Auckland, such as the City Rail Link, did not stack up on a traditional cost-benefit basis, he said, although the Government has committed to funding for it.” “I think there is unfinished business now for all of us to think about what are the true wider benefits of some of these projects and trying to get a bit more discipline to them in the years ahead,” he told the finance and expenditure committee at Parliament in response to questions from Greens co-leader James Shaw.” “From my perspective, I think it is important that we go through the benefit-cost ratio discussion.” “However I would signal that some of the projects that we collectively have all committed to, including the CRL, doesn’t really stack up on a traditional cost-benefit basis.”Joyce is off the mark, however, the issue is not that we need better discipline but if whether the current way we calculate for business cases is even fit for purpose for the 21st century.…
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Waterview officially opened

Yesterday the Waterview tunnels were officially opened by the Prime Minister and Transport Minister Simon Bridges – although it was a photo op Steven Joyce couldn’t pass up either.Prime Minister Bill English and Transport Minister Simon Bridges have cut the ribbon to mark the completion of the $1.4 billion Waterview Tunnel.…
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Flashback Saturday: “The Case for the Eastern Link”

This post originally appeared in June 2012. Looking back now, it’s a huge relief that Auckland Transport did end up including the Eastern Link in the CRL project, as excluding it would have undermined the functionality of the CRL enormously. The other day I covered part of the case against having an Eastern link, with this post I thought I would look at the case for building it and also whether we could live with things if it was not possible to grade separate the junction with the western link.…
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