Not Stepping on Anybody’s Toes – Mt Albert Consultation Results

Not Stepping on Anybody's Toes - Mt Albert Consultation ResultsBack in December AT re-consulted part of the Mt Albert Town Centre Upgrade even though the previous consultation had 94% support. The consultation was about how to deal with right turns into Mt Albert Road, as AT Engineers were concerned as they usually are about cars. The options were: Option 1: Right turn at all times Option 2: Right turn banned part of the time Option 3: Right turn banned at all times Option 4: Changed layout with right turn allowed at all times The AT engineers supported Option 4 which removed cycle lanes through to the intersection to make space for a dedicated right turn lane. In response to …
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Council saves Linear Park from AT’s clutches

Council saves Linear Park from AT's clutchesWe’ve talked a number of times over the last six months or so about our concerns for the future of the city centre and how many of the council’s plans are seemingly being ignored by Auckland Transport. This is most evident in the discussion surrounding one of the flagship ideas from the Council’s publicly consulted City Centre Master Plan (CCMP), the Victoria St Linear Park. The Linear Park is intended to link Albert and Victoria Parks through the core of the city centre with an enhanced urban space which will also serve to help distribute the many thousands of people moving to and from the future Aotea Station, which is …
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Website and Fundraiser Update

Website and Fundraiser UpdateAs you can see, Transportblog has now changed to Greater Auckland. This is a big, scary but exciting change for us and we hope you like the look and function of the new website. A couple of things to point out. There are four featured post boxes at the top of the page, The largest one will be the most recent post and the green box the second most recent post. The yellow and blue boxes we will use to highlight other posts. These may be recent or historic. We may also use them to highlight campaigns or events. Below the featured posts there will still be a list of posts …
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Pt Chev to Westmere Consultation – some of AT’s best work

Pt Chev to Westmere Consultation - some of AT's best workOn Monday, Auckland Transport started consultation for some pretty sweet cycleway proposals for Pt Chevalier to Westmere, which is being funded in part by the government’s Urban Cycleway Fund. These cycleways, when built, will add to the others being planned for the inner-west to help create the backbones of a solid network for the area. The proposal will see separated cycleways built on Pt Chevalier and Meola Roads, from the Great North Road intersection, along Meola Road and Garnet Road, up to the Westmere shops. It is shown in yellow in on the map below. On the project, AT say the key features are: Safe cycling facilities for Pt Chevalier …
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Getting event PT right and setting records doing it

Getting event PT right and setting records doing itAdele’s recent concerts broke records for ticket sales in NZ but they also contributed to some transport records too. Auckland Transport have announced that Thursday last week, the first of her three concerts has set the record for the most trips on public transport recorded for a single day at just under 400,000 trips (261k on buses, 113k on rail and 25k on ferries). That’s more even than the infamous opening night of the Rugby World Cup in 2011 where around 370,000 trips were made used PT. Perhaps as a testament to the improvements made to our PT system over the last 5-6 years, unlike in 2011 where the volumes overloaded …
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March-17 AT Board meeting

March-17 AT Board meetingAuckland Transport’s board meet again today and I’ve combed the reports to find what I think are the most interesting bits of information. Closed Session The closed session is usually where most of the interesting items reside but this time there doesn’t seem to much too report with most items appearing to be fairly technical issues like procurement strategies and bylaws etc. Perhaps the most interesting item would be a project update from the NZTA – I wonder how much the delay to the opening of Waterview will be discussed. Auckland Council Section 17A Review A paper to the board gives an overview from AT’s perspective on the council’s Section …
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Advanced buses not a solution

Advanced buses not a solutionFriday certainly turned out to be interesting following on from our post from that morning that the NZTA now supported Light Rail along Dominion Rd and to the Airport in the future. The council pulled down the document our post was based on, which was a waste of time given we’d already published our post. Later in the day, Transport Minister Simon Bridges confirmed it all, followed by a joint release from Auckland Transport and the NZTA. While it’s great that we’ve now got the government saying that a rail connection to the airport will happen, the idea of it being 30 years away has been met with ridicule from a lot of people. …
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Sunday reading 26 March 2017

Welcome back to Sunday Reading. Let’s start off with a critical look at driverless cars. Peter Calthorpe and Jerry Walters, “Autonomous Vehicles: Hype and Potential“, ULI. The reality is that some forms of AV could actually make things worse. The convenience of AVs could result in more miles traveled—up to 35 percent more for personal AVs and an amazing 90 percent more for single-passenger AV taxis, according to Urban Mobility: System Upgrade, a 2014 study by the International Transit Forum (ITF) and the Corporate Partnership Board (CPB). This increase is the result of riders acquiring a greater tolerance for long commutes, and vehicles running “deadhead” trips to look for new …
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St Lukes Rd becoming safer for bikes

One of Auckland’s oldest cycleways is finally getting a much needed upgrade in the form of some protection. Here are a couple of tweets showing the new protectors that are in the process of been installed. F*ck Yeah Fresh #Friding Infrastructure!!! Thanks @AklTransport – this feels soooooo gooooood… pic.twitter.com/6AqfRNyPwN — Friding (@go_friding) March 23, 2017 #friding #detouring checking out the #StLukes #bikelane protection. can we have some for #ManukauRd… actually can we have a bikelane first pic.twitter.com/cEx7PcyWlh — Alec Tang (@AlecTang_) March 23, 2017 @BikeAKL Looking good so far can't wait for the rest and then I can post an updated video of the family riding along pic.twitter.com/elb2fLB1Og — Brendan …
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NZTA support light-rail to Airport

A briefing to Councillors (from page 251) included in an attachment for the Council’s Planning Committee meeting for next week says that both the NZTA and Auckland Transport boards have now agreed on a way forward for the city to airport corridor. And that decision will see the route upgraded to light rail, eventually. The Auckland Transport Alignment Project (ATAP) shied away from saying light rail was needed and instead just referred to a number of strategic public transport routes as “Mass Transit”. We know that following ATAP, the NZTA commissioned a study to see if buses could meet the expected demand on the City to Airport route instead of Auckland Transport’s preferred light rail option. This was …
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