As you can see, Transportblog has now changed to Greater Auckland. This is a big, scary but exciting change for us and we hope you like the look and function of the new website.
A couple of things to point out.
- There are four featured post boxes at the top of the page, The largest one will be the most recent post and the green box the second most recent post.
- The yellow and blue boxes we will use to highlight other posts. These may be recent or historic. We may also use them to highlight campaigns or events.
- Below the featured posts there will still be a list of posts in reverse chronological order, as there always has been. These all have an initial excerpt but you will now need to click through to read the entire post, which is now a fairly common practice around the web.
- We’ve simplified our post categories into eight groups that we think better relate to the main issues we discuss.
I’d like to say a huge thank you to Sandfield for the website and to Cornelius from Frontier for the design. You both have been amazing.
Over the last few weeks we’ve been running a fundraising drive to help with this change and other initiatives we’ve been planning. Today we can now share another idea we have planned associated with this.
But first, let’s check in on the fundraiser progress. To date, 134 people have pledged $7,740 towards the target of $20,000. Remember, in crowdfunding we must meet the target of $20,000 to make any money. There are only 10 days left. If you are a reader who enjoys the content, advocacy, and forum here, please take the time to contribute today.
Over the years we’ve seen a number of random polls and surveys covering different aspects related to transport from media outlets, the council and other advocacy groups like the AA. From the results we’ve seen, there appears to be overwhelming support for investment in public transport to improve transport in Auckland, but as each poll is slightly different and they only happen sporadically it can be hard to draw a lot from them.
As such, we want to use part of the money we raise to pay for regular professional, independent surveys of the Auckland population. We would like to understand what Aucklanders actually want in transport, rather than what groups with vested interests want.
We haven’t worked out exactly what questions we want to ask yet but here are some are some of the ideas we’re thinking about:
- What proportion of funding do you think should go into roads, PT, walking and cycling?
- What do you think currently happens? (vs reality)
- Rank the most important transport projects for Auckland from 1-5:
- Northwest Busway
- Isthmus & Airport rail
- Additional Waitemata Harbour Crossing
- Rail to the North Shore
- East West Link
- Warkworth to Wellsford motorway
- Regionwide safe cycleways
- Rail Electrification to Pukekohe.
What do you think? Can you suggest other survey questions that we should regularly ask and how regularly do you think we should ask them?