Government forgets the Unitary Plan happened

The new Government has made some giant leaps forward in transport policy since they were elected last year, most notably through the 2018 Government Policy Statement and the progress that’s now being made on light-rail. A lot of their housing plans are also excellent, with major developments planned in areas close to light-rail lines, like Unitec and Mangere.…
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Seapath engagement

The NZTA are starting public engagement today on Seapath, the walking and cycling path alongside the Northern Motorway from Esmonde Rd to the Harbour Bridge, where it will link in with Skypath – which the NZTA have also been tasked with building.…
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School Bus brouhaha

The Herald has been making a bit of a brouhaha recently about changes to school buses, with four articles in three days last week on the subject. The articles focus on changes Auckland Transport have been making to school bus services at the same time as rolling out the new bus network.…
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Safety finally on the agenda

Safety has been a hot topic this year, and for good reason, with the number of deaths and serious injuries on our roads soaring. Turning the trend around has been a stated goal for both the government and Auckland. The Auckland Transport Alignment Project (ATAP) committed $900 million towards safety improvements, which was expected to see a 60% drop in deaths and serious injuries from 813 in 2017 to 325 in 2027.…
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What next for improving Auckland’s buses?

Next month the final stage of implementing Auckland’s new public transport network will be completed, as the North Shore network goes live. This has been a long time coming, as the new network has been in the works since 2012. But now we have reached this milestone, it does beg the question “what next?” I think having made this big change, the key next step is to really make the most from the new network – through a combination of improvements: Bring rail into being a true part of the frequent PT network.…
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