Tomorrow the Auckland Transport board meet again. I’ve taken a look at some of the key reports to hopefully find some interesting information.
Some months there can be a lot of items at on the closed session agenda of interest, that’s not the case this time though with the most interesting item being the Cycling Programme Business Case. As I understand it, this is a business case for a $600 million, decade long programme of cycling improvements all over the region, although what actually gets built from it will depend on how much funding is made available. Some of the other items at the closed session include:
- Quarterly report to Auckland Council
- Drury South Road Stopping
- Draft Annual Report
- RLTP and Capital Prioritisation Update
- Seismic Assessments Update
- Deep Dive – DSI
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 HOP Website – In their June meeting, it was reported that AT were hoping to go live in late August with a rebuild of their HOP website which they say will deliver better functionality for customers. This now appears to be delayed.
The AT HOP Web Rebuild project remains at a Red status due to ongoing technical interface issues with AIFS technology which has been hindering the completion of Integration testing. An independent architecture review of the solution has been carried out and the report findings have been accepted by both BT and HOP stakeholders. Following the findings of the report stating that the core code should be able to be fixed, it has been agreed that a time-boxed piece of work (6 weeks) shall be undertaken by Thales with support from AT vendors and with independent oversight to drive forward fixes to the core blocking issues, which should bring resolution.
- Automated Bus Lane enforcement – Earlier in the month we reported that AT had implemented some automated bus lane enforcement on Fanshawe St. It appears this is actually a trial so hopefully we’ll see it rolled out to more bus and transit lanes in the future.
- Customer Information Improvements – It appears there is going to be a lot more audio announcements on bus and train services in the future
Following discussions with the Human Rights Commission around passenger information being made more readily available to visually impaired customers, AT have a proposed roll-out of “next service” and “platform” information audio announcements at all rail stations, and “next stop” audio announcements on all busses, as part of a rolling programme. Work is now underway to scope this out and plan the implementation of a suitable solution.
- Passenger Kilometres – One of the more useful PT metrics is how many kilometres people are travelling on PT. In the past, this was calculated by making some assumptions about where people travel however I had assumed the accuracy of this would have improved considerably with the introduction of HOP which exact information about where people get on and off buses. AT report that they’re updating this but I’m surprised to see that they appear to be still using the old method, just with newer numbers
Passenger Kilometres Project (AT Metro) – Computing average kilometres for different journeys based on Zones. This provides the average kilometres for different journeys based on stages. This calculation picks up a journey, and calculates the distance travelled based on a distance sheet entered into the system by AT Hop team.
Lincoln Rd – AT say they have obtained a designation for their plans to supersize Lincoln Rd while the NZTA has also approved funding for detailed design and construction. However, the project page on AT’s website says that construction isn’t due to start till 2023 due to funding constraints.
Tamaki / Ngapipi Intersection – the first works to replace this unsafe intersection with a hot mess of a design are due to start in August/September
Dominion Road Bus Priority Upgrade – AT say they’re been working with the local board and business association on this with designs for the initial improvements to go to tender in September
Manukau Bus Interchange – AT say the building is on track to be completed in November but will then need systems fit outs and staff training. The public opening is expected in the first quarter of 2018 but AT will start running buses to it from December with a temporary setup but not using the interchange building
Eastern Busway (AMETI) – Hearings on the Panmure to Pakuranga section are scheduled for September. September will also see AT award a contract to design and consent the remaining parts of the busway from Pakuranga to Botany, including the Reeves Rd Flyover.
City Centre – Despite even more disruption in the city centre, such as the Watercare works on Halsey St (which has been terrible for PT users), travel time for vehicles at the six monitored sites required as part of monitoring the City Rail Link works shows that most routes continue to perform better than before the works started.
Upcoming consents – In section looking at consents AT expect to submit in the coming three months there are a few interesting projects listed. These include:
- Ian McKinnon Drive cycleway
- Double Decker Buses (Dominion Road)
- Double Decker Buses (Manukau Road)
- Albany ParknRide extension – really, another extension, where?
- Avondale to New Lynn shared path
- Great North Road – Walking/Cycling
- Links to New Lynn Cycleway
- Swanson Rail Station additions
- Westhaven-CBD – Walking/Cycling
- K Road – Walking/Cycling
Papakura Park & Ride – AT are looking at a multi-storey park & ride in Papakura and a draft business case for this is due to be completed in August. We’ll be keeping an eye out for it
Bus Priority Lane – Hour Modification – It appears AT are finally going to extend bus lane hours. It also appears the Sandringham Rd lanes have been changed, presumably as part of this.
All seven of the Resolution Packages have been awarded. Approximately 60km of bus priority lanes are impacted by the change in operational hours. The first of the draft resolution plans and reports have been received for the Onewa Road T3 lane and a portion of Remuera Road. The Albany Highway resolution amendment report has been drafted internally and is ready for submission for TCC.
However later in the report it notes this, suggesting that parking will still be a priority in some places which is absurd.
Changes to operational hours of Special Vehicles Lanes are being progressed on a corridor-by-corridor basis to accommodate parking zones with different operational times
Sandringham Road bus lanes now operate 7-10am citybound and 4-7pm outbound. pic.twitter.com/T7Ythtwc6h
— Andrew W (@aw_nz) July 29, 2017
Double Deckers – A lot more routes will eventually get double deckers, here’s a list of routes and expected times.
- Glenfield 973 / 974 – complete except for Chorus cable undergrounding – Est completion July 2017).
- Gt Nth Rd – go live 20th Aug 2017, trials scheduled.
- 881/NX2 – go live late 2018.
- Manukau Rd – go live April 2018.
- Mt Eden Rd (legs for future 27a & 27b) – physical works planned for July 2017.
- Dominion Rd – go live June 2018, project clash with cycle project on Ian McKinnon Dr that reduces south bound traffics lanes to 1 x lane – creates DD conflict with approx. 25 trees – Alternative Express routes under investigation.
- Remuera Rd & New North Rd – detailed investigation will start in June 2017; Contingency route under review
Additional Bus Lanes – AT were meant to deliver 11km of bus lanes last financial year (to end of June) as part of a 40km programme over 2015-18. However, they only delivered 7km meaning that they’re going to have to play catch up this year. The do say that a lot are in design though which will be needed as the result means they’ll need to complete around 16km this year.
They also note they’re working on a 10-year programme of new bus lanes across the region to support the New Network.
This is where AT hint at what’s expected to be coming up at the next meeting. This time they’re not showing the items at the board committees though which is a shame. There are two items of note at the next meeting:
- Rosedale Station
- AT Metro Senior Citizen Concession Review
Is there anything else you noticed in the reports?