Time has rolled around again for another AT board meeting. I’ve taken a look at some of the key reports to hopefully find some interesting information.
There are a few items on the closed agenda for next week but two look the most interesting and both seem to be related to buying more trains. With noise of AT getting more increasing, I wonder if we’ll be hearing an announcement about it soon?
- Wiri EMU Depot Expansion
- IPEMU Procurement Business Case (IPEMU = Independently Powered EMU)
This ties in with some updates in the business report
Work progressing to understand the requirement for a further order of EMUs to meet continued high growth in passenger demand together with a review of vehicle type and configuration.
Wiri Depot -we continue to investigate supply of a second shunter if the proposed modifications to existing shunter prove not to be viable. A preferred site for the proposed wash bay / spray booth has been identified.
The business report contains a lot of the little details that allow us to see what’s going on. As usual I’ve pulled out some of the aspects that caught my attention.
New Train Timetables – There is news of a new rail timetable, but it’s not due till next year. Unfortunately, it looks like it still won’t include all day/week frequent trains like their official plans have promised, however there are some other good changes likely. Still this new timetable will be over a year away.
Discussions have commenced for the 2018 train timetable upgrade, with a tentative introduction of July 2018, subject to the closure of Sarawia Street level crossing, and EMU enhancements. Specification includes: Western and Southern Line services to call at Parnell Station; journey time and dwell time improvements; Pukekohe Shuttle services operating on a 20-minute frequency from 0700-1900 week day and 30-minute weekend; later evening services throughout the week across the network and 20-minute services to operate later in evening; 20- minute interpeak weekend on electrified network; later services on New Year’s Eve; peak capacity increase through freeing of train set through reduced journey times.
Accessing the Airport – We recently heard about works the Airport company were going to be doing to improve transport in the area, AT now say this:
AT, NZTA and the Airport Company have jointly completed a programme business case for improving access to the airport. The business case anticipates doubling the frequency of the existing 380 bus route to the airport by the end of the year with more bus routes servicing the airport by 2020. These additional bus routes would be through added or extended bus services to the airport from New Lynn, Sylvia Park and Botany with an upgrade of the Puhunui rail station to a full bus/rail interchange also envisaged by 2020. AT is also progressing business cases for the route protection of the Airport to City and Airport to Botany mass transit corridors.
Cycling progress – AT say their annual active modes survey is showing improvements in the perception of the quality of bike infrastructure in Auckland
That’s only going to get better with more cycle projects coming, for where there are updates on a number of them. A lot appear to be in advanced stages of design which is not surprising as many of them need to be finished by mid-2018 when the government’s Urban Cycleway Fund (currently) ends.
- Detailed design for Ian McKinnon Dr is now 85% complete.
- Funding of $4.74m was approved for implementation of the Karanagahape Rd cycleway, likely to be for the detailed design which the report separately says is under procurement.
- Detailed design is also progressing on the Avondale to New Lynn cycleway
- The extension of the Nelson St cycleway is underway
- AT received 1,200 submissions on the Pt Chev to Westmere consultation which they’re analysing.
- Detailed design is also underway for the cycleway on Gt North Rd between Williamson Rd and K Rd. They say construction is likely to start in late October.
- AT are hoping to go live in late August with a rebuild of their HOP website which they say will deliver better functionality for customers. They also say they are experiencing delays with getting the Thales (back end system) to work reliably.
- I’m not sure what this is but it sounds like better bus lane enforcement
CCTV Analytics Build: The Bus Lane Enforcement pilot project is now complete and the initial results are very positive. These are being reviewed by the Parking team prior to rolling this solution out to other transit lanes.
- AT are in the process of organising Wi-Fi for the trains
- They are looking at how to improve the experience of loading concessions on HOP cards, noting that the current processes have “a number of customer experience deficits”
The Eastern Busway – continues to slowly progress, they say hearings for the consent of the Panmure to Pakuranga stage are set for August while in September they expect to award a contract for design and consenting of the stage to Botany.
Red light cameras – are being rolled out to six sites, expected to take place by the end of June. The sites are
ATs Travel Plan – AT give some figures on how their staff get to work. The information comes as part of ATs work on updating their own travel plan. They say that over 1,200 staff replied and 33% of them drive to work alone and 43% catch a bus or train.
HOP fares for ferries – AT are still working on the issue of ferry fares and integration with HOP although they again make it clear that fares won’t be equal with buses and trains.
New Network – The new bus network in East Auckland is confirmed to go live on 10 December.
Station Gating – Gating is progressing at a number of stations across the rail network with installation now occurring too, such as below at Henderson. Glen Innes has been on the list to be done before but AT now say it “is being planned as part of a broader station upgrade with Tamaki Redevelopment Project”.
— Calum Anderson (@euraznboy) June 14, 2017
There’s plenty more in the report. If you’ve read it was there anything interesting I’ve missed?
Finally, it’s interesting to look at the forward programme to see what’s coming up to AT and it’s board in the future. Here are just some of the items expected to be on the list for the next Customer Focus Committee
- Transport Models Refresh
- Review of ATs activities in the Intelligent Transport System (ITS) space
- Zero Emission Bus Strategy Update
- Bus Frequent Network Priority Strategy
- AT Metro Bus PTOM Procurement Update
- Freight Industry Presentation from the Road Transport Forum [this is at the other end of the interesting spectrum]