Yesterday Auckland Transport held their last board meeting for the year and it was an important one with some key decisions being made.
The big one, was that the board have approved for consultation their draft speed bylaw. This is the change that will see speed limits across the entire city centre drop to 30km/h and will other speed changes will occur on a number of other areas around the region too. The downside is we still have tow wait for consultation which will be in February and March with the actual changes not coming into effect till later in 2019.
The meeting also included the discussion/decision around ATs not ambitious enough plan for low emission buses. I don’t yet know the outcome of that at this point.
Closed Session Agenda
As well as the speed limit changes above, the following items were up for Approval/Decision:
- TOC Amalgamation Single Business Case
- Gills Road Link Project
- Strategic Land Acquisition, Encroachments and Designations
- Road Stoppings and Real Estate Inventory Optimisation
- Streetlight Maintenance & Renewals
- PT Opex/Funding Update
- Budget Reforecast
- Statement of Intent 2019-2022
- AT Tier One Policies
- Approval of New Retail Lease
In addition the following items were for noting, they seem more interesting.
- Public Transport Capacity
- Auckland Light Rail – City to Mangere
- North Shore Rapid Transit Network
- Redesign Options for 20 Viaduct Level 1
Given that it’s less than a month since the last board meeting, and they’re usually about six weeks apart, there’s not as much new to report from this meeting. But a few things did stand out.
Approved Funding – In the list of items the NZTA has approved funding for, two stand out:
Transitional Rail – Wiri to Quay Park Rail Corridor Improvements (Detailed Business Case) – Auckland Transport applied for funding for this project on behalf of KiwiRail, which is not yet an Approved Organisation and therefore cannot apply for funding directly. This activity has been approved for $1.81 million and 100% FAR. There will be no Auckland Transport/Auckland Council contribution to project costs,although staff will be involved in preparation of the business case.
National Ticketing Programme (Project NEXT) – This activity has been approved for $4.37 million.
NEXT is what is intended to eventually replace HOP
Hibiscus Coast Busway station – AT are finally looking at building the busway station building
Car Share Policy – the report notes this about a car share policy
Auckland Transport has been approached by various car share companies that want to start operating in Auckland, in addition to existing provider CityHop. Auckland Transport staff are working to consolidate and expand existing procedures into a more comprehensive draft ‘Car Share Policy’,which is intended to:
- Provide an enabling and ‘level playing field’ for multiple operators to be successful in Auckland
- Establish a framework of interaction between Auckland Transport and car share operators, with particular emphasis on data sharing
– Ensure a focus on customer uptake so Auckland can benefit from reduced private car use
- Set out Auckland Transport’s position around the operation of car share with specific regard to parking regulation, use and any discounts on parking charges
- Ensure that the operation of car share aligns with Auckland Transport’s vision for transport into the future.
Auckland Transport is working collaboratively with car share operators, and intends to have the policy and contractual framework finalised by the end of 2018 for decision early in 2019.
Campaigns and promotions – In a section looking at some of ATs campaigns and promotions, they include a bit about a current advertising campaign that has done the rounds on social media for sending all the wrong messages.
AT and Heart of the City have joined forces to encourage people to come into the city on weekends to shop, dine and attend entertainment. This will help support businesses during the CRL construction, the lead up to the busy Christmas period. During the weekends, AT’s city centre carparks (Downtown, Civic and Victoria St) have parking spaces readily available, and the rate is very reasonable @ $2 an hour. This ‘cheap price” is the main focus of the campaign.
Media includes bus-backs, light-boxes, radio, online/digital and social media.
Using public transport to advertise cheap parking in a place where we’re trying to reduce the amount of driving to is just bizarre. Instead, how about cheap PT fares or other measures.
Pedestrian Analytics – We’ve seen in the past trials of AT using video analytics to count pedestrians as well as number of other things. They say they’re going to roll out these pedestrian analytics to 58 sites around the city to count pedestrians and cyclists along with their direction of travel.
City Centre Movement – Travel times for most roads in the city continues to be better with the CRL works than they were before
Last month I included a number of images from the board report of all the projects and where they’re currently at. I won’t do that for this post as many have seen no change but there were a few that stood out
Lincoln Rd – This is in the design phase and has managed to go from 20% complete in November to just 10% complete in December. What is also notable are the comments, now saying:
The detailed design and property acquisitions are progressing according to programme. The design work carried out to date has confirmed that implementation of the approved road cross-section will significantly impact on private land outside of the approved designation footprint and could impact time frames and costs. A recommendation will be made to reassess the project objectives and investigate options that minimise property impacts.
Let’s hope that doesn’t mean they’re cutting back things like the bike lanes and that they’re moving towards a better design, such as:
AT included this graphic to show the path they’ve taken on the new network which now only has Waiheke left to complete.
Christmas/New Year PT – we’ve covered this from board reports a few times before but it doesn’t hurt to include a reminder. For the rail network, these are the works planned:
- Rail and sleeper replacement between Pukekohe and Papakura.
- Sleeper replacement at Papakura (including the stabling yard).
- Takanini Motorway widening project.
Southern & Onehunga Lines (Penrose to Newmarket).
- Formation upgrade and sleeper replacement.
- Newmarket Branch (Newmarket to Britomart).
- CRL – Strand Crossover, bridge inspections and any necessary remedial work.
- Track work, formation repairs, mud-spot removal, bridge repairs, and preparation work for Cycleway.