At the time the post is published, the Auckland Transport board will be in the middle of their six-weekly board meeting. Here are some of the highlights from the documents available.
The closed session is usually where all the juicy decisions are made. There are quite a few things on the agenda today, including an hour strategy session on governance. I wonder if that relates to the new CEO?
Items for Approval/Decision
There are a number of items up for approval/decision. It’s not clear what each of them refer however.
- Governance Framework Review
- AT Metro Senior Citizen Concession Review
- New BT Contract – Things That Move
- Northern Corridor Improvements
- Road Stoppings
- Execution of Deed of Licence to occupy land
- Housing Infrastructure Fund – Heads of Agreement
- Annual Report
- Lease Extension-20 Viaduct Harbour
Items for Noting
There are only a couple of items for noting, the second one being interesting as that relates to light rail on Dominion Rd and to the airport.
- New BT Contract – Enterprise Asset Management
- Mass Transit Update
The business report covers a lot of areas. As usual, I’ve just listed some of the items that caught my attention.
AT have a section listing all the briefings they’ve given recently to local boards on issues for each of them. I won’t list them here as they’re long but you’re interested in what you’re local board is getting briefings about, this may be of interest to you.
Under the heading of Key Strategic Initiatives, AT comment on a few particularly interesting items:
AT and NZ Transport Agency will be commencing public engagement on the proposed Northwestern Busway in October, delayed from the original date so as to not straddle the election period. This will run for six weeks and seeks community feedback on the emerging alignment and proposed stations to improve future design and planning processes. AT will be reporting on the recently completed programme business case for the North Shore RTN, including how this relates to NZ Transport Agency plans for the Additional Waitemata Harbour Crossing. AT is setting out a way forward following recent public consultation on the Lake Road Improvements proposal, and engagement with the Devonport Takapuna Local Board continues in September.
AT’s new Roads and Streets Framework is due to finalised this month. This is going to be a very important document for the future of how our urban environments. Here’s how they explain it.
The draft Roads and Streets Framework was developed to balance and integrate the intended strategic and local place and movement functions of roads and streets, as well as the levels of service for all modes. Its primary purpose is to ensure integrated planning amongst AT divisions and that the ‘Place’ aspirations of Auckland Council are fully taken into account early in the planning process.
- AT HOP Web Rebuild – AT are still having technical issues with this and it has been delayed again.
- EMU 4G Tender – it sounds like should be finalised soon and would see WiFi made available on our trains.
- AT Mobile – AT plan to keep improving their (relatively) new mobile app. Some of the recent additions to it include “school bus routes and improved accessibility for partially sighted users.” They also say the next significant change will see HOP balances added to the app.
- Digital Concessions – Loading concessions on HOP cards has long been complained about. AT say they’re working on streamlined process that will undergo a “tactical business pilot with Auckland Uni for early 2018“.
- Journey Planner – AT have recognised their journey planner is horrible and costs them over $1 million a year in enquiries so they now plan to improve it. There is not timeframe for this though.
Here are a few of the projects AT mention in the report.
- Te Atatu Road – AT say the main works are finally complete and work is now just resolving works with property owners
- Ian McKinnon Cycle Route – Detailed design has been completed and AT are now getting approval to use NZTA land. Resource consent is expected this month and a construction tender is due out in October.
- Manukau Bus Interchange – The building is now mostly watertight and they’ve started some of the fitout work. However, due to some issues the practical completion has been delayed 3-weeks. Following operational fit out and training early next year, it is expected to open to go into use in the first quarter.
- Eastern Busway:
- Panmure to Pakuranga – The consent hearing is likely to take place in December.
- Pakuranga to Botany (including Reeves Rd Flyover) – A contract for the design and consenting is due to be awarded in October. AT say they’ve also started some internal and external consultation with key stakeholders on the architectural concepts for the Reeves Rd Flyover.
An update on the Bullock/Great North Road intersection works highlights one of the issues we have with how we currently treat safety. As the report notes, the intersection is ranked number two in the NZTA’s Top 100 High
Risk Intersections (2016). Yet it goes on to say that the project was only approved after it could be shown that the upgrade wouldn’t impact traffic flow.
it was agreed that the impacts to the operation of the network are within acceptable operational parameters. This decision was based on the findings from network modelling covering St Lukes interchange and a number of adjacent intersections in the study area.
They also say later in the report that the works site was shut down during July “to allow for smooth opening of Waterview tunnel”
Bus lane hours – AT say they’re working through their internal processes to make changes to hours. They also give this specific update
- Mt Eden Rd – “Consultation under way with Mt Eden Village Business Association for extending hours of bus lanes and improvements to bus stops, this work is to be delivered in conjunction with a proposed parking zone change.”
- New Network:
- In South Auckland, the 380 bus service will have its frequency improved from every 30 to every 15 minutes in December, bringing it into the Frequent Transport Network and making it easier to train/bus from the city to the airport. Within the airport itself, two new “bus only” link roads will speed up buses.
- AT say South Auckland is showing a 3% increase in journeys (i.e. net of transfers), compared to before the new network was rolled out. Prior to the new network, trips in the south had declined for two years.
- In the west there has been a 2% increase in journeys which is better than their predicted stagnation or decline for the first four months following the change.
- East Auckland new network goes live 10 December
- Central Auckland is not due till April next year
- North Shore isn’t till later in 2018
- Extra trains: It appears that following the election pledges on electrifying to Pukekohe, AT are re-evaluating their options. They say the NZTA has asked Kiwirail to put together a business case and confirm timing for electrification so a decision can be made on the trains after the election.
- March Madness 2018 – AT are already planning for the 2018 madness. This year they put on a lot of extra capacity and that seemed to deal with a lot of the issues we’d seen in the past. As part of this they note that the Mt Eden services were a stand out this year and saw a 10% increase.
The forward programme gives us an indication as to what’s coming up in the next board meeting
- Roads & Streets Framework & TDM
- Annual Report ‐ for public to speak to
- Public submissions on the SOI
- STRATEGY & DEVELOPMENT
- North Shore Rapid Transit Network
- AT‐Panuku Development Auckland Collaboration ‐ Takapuna
- Mass Transit ‐ Technical Advisor Contract Review
- Drury South Limited Road Stopping
- Bus Frequency Network Priority Strategy
- Annual Fares Review
- TRANSPORT OPS
- Special Events Planning
- Quarterly Report
- Other Reporting VfM ‐ 5 Critical Areas (31 July FRC Action)
- Deep Dives PMO Office
- Update on 10 yr Capital programme and Draft RLTP 2018
That’s all for this month.