Shared Streets

One of the few pieces of good transport news to emerge in recent weeks has been Auckland City Council’s plans to embark on a “Shared Space Concept”. The plans basically entail a number of quiet inner-city streets being redesigned to create a balance between pedestrians and cars, where the distinction between what is road-space and what is footpath-space is removed.…
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Backbenches

I certainly had an interesting evening last night, at the Backbenches Mt Albert by-election special in Kingsland. I hadn’t gone along to anything like this before, but it was pretty obvious even when I first arrived (quite a few hours early, somewhat by mistake as it was easier to find where it was than I had expected) that it would be interesting, and quite crowded.…
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New Train Timetable

An updated train timetable for Auckland has been released by ARTA, to take effect from June 29th. ARTA’s summary: From 29 June there will be a new train timetable in operation on all lines. With the delivery of additional carriages over the last year, the Auckland Regional Transport Authority has been able to increase services and provide more capacity during the busy, peak times.…
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Super-City Submission – Part One

Submissions on the Local Government (Auckland Council) Bill are open until the 26th of June. This is the bill that will establish the structure of Auckland’s future Super-City. It decides whether or not there should be Maori seats, whether or not there should be ‘at-large’ councillors, what the powers of the local boards should be and how they should be structured.…
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Another Dream Train Network

I like coming up with fantasy rail networks for Auckland, as is pretty obvious from posts in the past. At the moment it seems like wishful thinking, but someone out there has to be aspirational for the future of Auckland’s railway network and why shouldn’t that be me?…
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Improving the Northern Busway

By all accounts Auckland’s Northern Busway has been a huge success since it opened in February last year. The graph below shows quite clearly how its patronage has continued to rise in recent months: with March 2009 being up significantly on March 2008 (even though the full busway was open by March 2008).…
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Another Nail in the Public Transport Coffin

Over the past few months I don’t think Steven Joyce could have destroyed public transport much more if he had tried (I guess he really is trying). Shifting hundreds of millions of dollars away from public transport and into state highway funding, cancelling Auckland’s regional petrol tax, delaying the ordering of electric trains, not making any commitments to funding integrated ticketing and so forth.…
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On bFM – again!

I had another fun time yesterday doing an interview about Auckland’s transport situation on bFM. In particular, on rail electrification, PPPs, the regional fuel tax (RIP) and the Waterview Connection. You can listen to the interview here: http://www.95bfm.com/default,191492.sm…
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