ARC Chairman Mike Lee has sent me parts of a fascinating article on the 1974 proposal to upgrade Auckland’s rail system – know as “Robbie’s Rail” – after famous mayor Sir Dove-Myer Robinson. It makes for a fascinating read: Tragically, the incoming National government in 1975 cancelled the project. One does wonder how different Auckland would be today if we had gone ahead with the rail proposal back in the 1970s, in particularly whether we would be anywhere near as auto-dependent as we are now. I somehow doubt it. Hopefully we won’t make the same mistake twice, and this time around we will built this thing.