Slowness

Whilst I have many problems with Auckland’s public transport: frequencies, reliability (especially the trains), ticketing and so forth – I think perhaps the biggest issue, and one which doesn’t seem to get the attention that it should, is simply the fact that it’s so darn slow.…
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Walk or Cycle Across the Harbour Bridge

A few months ago the idea was first floated to add a walking/cycling lane (or both preferably) to the sides of the Auckland Harbour Bridge. I think the idea formed out of the cycling lobby initially, but made a lot of sense as the NZTA (who own the bridge) were spending $40 million or so to upgrade the clip-ons so they didn’t fall off.…
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Ticketing

Auckland’s public transport ticketing system probably annoys me more than most other things in life. In fact, there’s little good to be said about it at all. Let’s run through the problems:It’s slow. A lot of interaction with the bus driver or train clippie is necessary.…
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My Commuting

I have a strange combination of methods by which I get myself to and from work during the week. In fact, I don’t think any two days of the week are exactly the same, which is quite interesting. I suppose that the down-side of this is that there isn’t a nice comfortable pattern to sink myself into, although at the same time I could think that the up-side is that there isn’t a comfy pattern to get bored by.…
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Transport News

There has been a reasonably large bundle of transportation news in the last week or so to come out. I definitely don’t see this blog as being a news source, as personally I find that a little boring, but I probably should at least keep somewhat up to date with what’s going on.…
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Trams for Auckland

I have had this idea for a while now. It seems a strange one at first, a kind of weird overkill that originally doesn’t seem particularly feasible, but I reckon it could work. The idea takes a lot from San Francisco, where the F-Line has operated enormously successfully for the last 15 or so years.…
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Thank You America

Well what a great day yesterday was. I feel like I’m still buzzing from the excitement of it actually. The morning seemed to take forever, waiting until 1pm when the results from the US presidential election would start rolling in. Unlike our New Zealand election, I actually felt reasonably confident of a good outcome in the USA.…
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US Election

This is the day of the American election, although because of the time difference results won’t start rolling in until tomorrow New Zealand time. It is rather exciting actually, with the USA on the brink of a momentous shift in their history.…
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Northern Busway

Continuing our rather recent tradition of exploring random parts of Auckland’s public transport system, Leila and I resolved to check out the northern busway on Sunday. The busway has been open since February I think, allowing buses to bypass the traffic nightmare of the Northern Motorway, and get from Albany into the city in about 20-25 minutes.…
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