Darby Street Shared Space

Jeremy made a good point a few days back when he blogged about us transport advocates being a bit too negative at times. I think we have to be critical when things really are going wrong, but at the same time that needs to be balanced by some good news stories.…
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Are cars really that convenient?

From Cap’n Transit, via the Humantransit blog: …there is nothing inherently convenient about cars, or about any vehicle. It is the system that makes them convenient, and that system includes both the vehicle and the infrastructure. Provide unlimited, subsidized “free” car infrastructure, and cars will be convenient.…
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Are our bus stops too close together?

The excellent Humantransit blog has an interesting post on whether your city’s bus stops are located too close together. While it specifically focuses on San Francisco, the post says this generally: Are your city’s stops too close together? If so, does your city have activists saying this?…
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Victoria gets it…. why don’t we?

The latest edition of the excellent Going Solar transport newsletter outlines a new piece of legislation that the Victorian State Government in Australia has passed to ensure a better and more integrated approach to transport. The Transport Integration Bill is briefly outlined in the Going Solar Newsletter – as shown below: There are a number of very very important steps that Victoria is taking to ensure it gets the best transport and land-use outcomes.…
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The electrification tender document

I have managed to get my hands on a copy of KiwiRail’s Auckland Metro EMU Procurement: EMU Industry Engagement Document, which is what all the hooplah around progressing electrification over the past few days has been based on. The document does have some very helpful information on what we can expect from our new electric trains, as well as outlining a timeline over the next few years for when we can expect various milestones of the project to happen.…
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Reflecting on the Auckland Transport CCO

I have tried to take a bit of a breather over the last week from blogging too much about the establishment of the Auckland Transport “council-controlled organisation” as part of the local government reorganisation happening in Auckland. The issue has remained fairly high-profile in the media, with Rod Oram in the Sunday Star-Times writing a particularly good article on the issue, and another article in the Herald today pointing out a complete lack of transport staff in the future Auckland Council.…
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Planning for rail expansion: Phase 1

How should we roll out Auckland’s rail expansion? How can we do it as cheaply as possible¬†but ensure we get good quality and also maximum ridership? Here is my proposal for expanding Auckland’s rail system, I’ve included diagrams of the lines that differ from the current plan, the expansion is in two phases, Phase 1: The CBD tunnel, it is absolutely crucial for any further expansion, the reasons for it have been covered extensively on this site as well as others.…
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Rail boardings per station

I have been meaning to post this table for ages, because it shows us some quite interesting information on Auckland’s rail network. I’m not sure whether this is an average, or whether it’s just on one particular day, but it does provide us with some useful information.…
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