Tomorrow is the next AT board meeting and as usual I’ve been through the reports to pull out the stuff I find interesting.
The closed session is where all of the really interesting stuff happens, my comments in italics.
Decisions for Approval/Decision
- Quarterly Report
- AMETI Delivery Strategy
- CAP Programme Business Case – This is briefly described in the business report as
The Programme Business Case for the Central Access Plan (isthmus to city centre) has been developed jointly with NZTA and Council. A recommended integrated programme (IP) will be provided to the AT Board in April and NZTA Board for approval in May. The IP identifies a range of investments to address growing bus patronage demands against corridor / terminus capacity constraints.
- Road Stoppings
- Lodgement of Lincoln Rd NoR
- Station Security & Fare Enforcement – This will likely relate to changes announced last year including changing some stations including changing access to platforms etc.
- Integrated Fares Product, Pricing – With integrated fares only a few months away I’m sure AT are finalising the details for it now.
- CRL Enabling Works Update
- CRL Procurement update – AT appear to be finalising how they’ll procure the main works part of the CRL
Items for Noting
- 2016/17 Budget
- Deep Dive – Harbour Master
- CRL Communications Update
- AT Deliverables
- Results for Projects completed to 31 March 2016
- AT Deliverables – Tasks for completion by 30 June 2016
In the open session there is an item looking at the final design of the New Network on the North Shore, I’ll look at that in more detail tomorrow.
On to the main Business Report. These are listed in the order they appear in the report
From the technology team there is this about AT HOP. It’s not clear just what this entails or what parts of HOP infrastructure are classed as aging.
A programme has been established to address the aging AT HOP infrastructure and the associated support requirements. This will also incorporate increased capacity if required; following the Integrated Fares rollout.
- They say the design of Nelson St phase 2 is 85% complete and construction is due to start in October. As yet there is still no indication of just what the final decision about what side it will go on.
- On the trains they’re now trialling harmonic reducing software and other power management tools presumably to improve reliability of the trains further.
- The hearing for the bridge to replace the Sarawia St level crossing was held last week. Hopefully we can get a resolution on this project soon.
- Otahuhu Bus/Train interchange is on track for completion in August which is earlier than I thought was intended.
Not in the project section but this chart below shows how AT are tracking on their PT project spend for the financial year and as you can see there’s still quite a bit to go in some areas. On the bus infrastructure improvements they say they are still on target as a lot of works are due to happen in May and June however on the bus priorities and bus lanes they say
As a result of delays in receiving project mandates, we are forecasting a $1.3m underspent this financial year. It is proposed to defer the underspent amount to next financial year. That way we will still be on track to deliver the overall three year programme. We continue to work with Metro to improve program and gateway handover’s
When AT introduced the city centre parking zone a few years ago it also came with a policy about how AT would review the pricing on a regular basis. The pricing is meant to be demand responsive to ensure that occupancy of the carparks is in the 70-90% range and as part of that the hourly price increases if you stay in the park longer. The point of that is to encourage long term to parking buildings and leave on street parking just for short stay parking. As part of this the first 10 minutes are also free. As a result of the regular review AT plan to make some changes to prices.
In area one prices will go from $4/hour for the first two hours with $8/hour thereafter to $4.50/hour for the first two hours then $9/hour for every subsequent hour. In area 2 there are two different prices and AT will standardise them to $3/hour for the first two hours and then $6/hour for every subsequent hour. That’s an increase for some areas such as at Wynyard but no change elsewhere. Occupancy of the areas is shown below.
Of course some media have already picked up on this and are using it to make headlines.
There’s a section of the report talking about a Waterview Connection Completion Plan which appears to be the NZTA and AT working out how everything will operate but it also says some physical works will be needed to local roads as a result. It also says this is needed “due to the requirement to manage traffic in the Waterview Tunnel”. The wording of the information suggests to me that the NZTA don’t want traffic backing up in the tunnels and so they will restrict access to them at times (presumably during the peak) and divert extra traffic to local roads. I’ve asked the NZTA for more info about this.
AT are closely monitoring traffic in the city especially so with all of the disruption that is and will be going on for some time to come. They say this highlighted issues with bus journey time reliability which seems mostly related to works that were happening such as the CRL enabling works on Victoria St. In response to this they’re making changes such as to signals to reduce impacts. The wording seems to suggest they’re only worried about traffic flow and I hope those changes that are being made aren’t also negatively impacting on pedestrians as a result.
There are a number of PT Updates, some of the more interesting are:
- AT are in discussions with Birkenhead Transport for them to buy double deckers for use on Onewa Rd in the future.
- In what is likely related to the PT financial tracking, AT say that as part of the new network for South Auckland, 32 projects for new or upgraded bus stops are under construction or about to start with another 152 in the pipeline.
- AT are working on moving the Glen Eden Park n Ride which is due to be completed in June
- On-board train digital information screens have been installed on one train and will be tested in May while they say the screens on buses will be trialled from April
- AT include information on the number of complaints they have had about PT. With crowded buses in February and March it’s no surprise bus complaints have jumped up recently.