Thursday is the next Auckland Transport board meeting and here are some of the highlights from the papers going to the board.
There is surprisingly little on the closed agenda for this meeting with the only things of real interest being:
- Enterprise Asset Management Business Case
- Third Party Major Project Support and Mobilisation
- Active Modes update
I wonder if the active modes update will just say “we haven’t done anything on active for years” given ATs abysmal record on this of late. As for the second one, I have no idea what that is.
The main business report has quite a few updates. I’ve pulled out the things that stood out the most but there’s a lot more there.
AT have been doing some interesting things with video analytics of late and the report shares some of the new things they’re doing
The issuing of automatic infringement notices for parking in the shared space along Federal Street has commenced. The new Special Vehicle Lane CCTV Analytics infringement capability is utilised, allowing parking officers to return to normal duties instead of spending time moving vehicles along on Federal Street.
CCTV Analytics to detect train taggers approaching moving trains at the Swanson train station has been introduced. The analytics automatically alert the ATOC Central operators to dispatch an officer onsite. Train tagging has significant financial, operational and safety impacts. These analytics will be rolled out at other stations around Auckland in the coming months.
Video analytics to count and track the direction of travel of pedestrians and cyclists were built at three sites – Beach-Churchill / Fanshawe-Beaumont / Wellington-Union streets. The analytics are for the Pedestrian Analytics Solution initiative, a joint project between AT and Auckland Council. A total of 58 sites have been identified by Auckland Council and AT for CCTV analytics. The data will support planning by giving greater insight into pedestrian movements in and around the city centre.
The new Data Analytics team is providing data consumption and analysis to help the Network Management team better understand the main uses of Lime scooters and ensure compliance with contractional obligations. The team are also starting to assist to help understand usage patterns throughout the city.
Automatically issuing parking tickets sounds like a great use of the technology and needs to be rolled out across the city ASAP – although I can already hear the Herald typing up an article complaining about how unfair it is to poor drivers. In saying that, I also wonder how useful of a visual deterrence roaming parking wardens. Later in the report they also mention they will be extending their automated bus lane to Park Rd, Khyber Pass Rd and New North Rd.
Rail development – It seems we’re finally getting some movement on the 3rd main and electrification to Pukekohe
AT is continuing to work in collaboration with KiwiRail to progress projects identified for funding through the Transitional Rail Activity Class. Since receiving mobilisation funding at the end of 2018, KiwiRail has recruited staff and procured design resource for the Wiri to Quay Park 3rd Main project and Papakura to Pukekohe Electrification. Site surveys have been completed and work is on target to inform design, cost, risk and business updates this calendar year to secure implementation funding.
Work is also underway to review and confirm future power system requirements and to progress development of an integrated rail control facility in Auckland
Rodney Targeted Rate – As part of the Rodney Targeted Rate, AT are looking to build 200 carparks combined across Warkworth, Huapai and Kumeu. They say they have agreed with the local board on locations and are now working on designs.
Airport to Botany – AT say they are working through the various stages of the design process for the upgraded Puhinui interchange and that will be completed in October with construction also due to start later this year. Resource consent for the project is expected to be approved by the end of May.
K Rd cycleway/Streetscape – It seems that after unnecessarily delaying the K Rd project for years, AT are now suffering because the construction cost costs have increased. What’s the bet the negotiations will be about what bits they can cut out and weaken the value of the project.
NZTA funding contribution was confirmed on 20 March. The tender price has come in higher than expected and commercial negotiations are being pursued with the preferred supplier
AT Local – AT say their on-demand rideshare trial in Devonport is improving with 2816 rides in March, 42% higher than February. They also say an initial assessment of the trial will be completed by the end of Quarter 2 2019.
Ferry Procurement – Don’t expect any major changes to ferries for the next four years. AT are still working on a new ferry strategy and in March/April finalised 4-year extensions to current contracts.
Rail Procurement – One big procurement AT will be doing is for the rail network. They’re currently looking at their options and have started work on market sounding with potential suppliers.
New Train Timetable – AT are planning on introducing a new timetable in November and it looks like Western Line users might start to see some disruption as works ramp up for the construction of the City Rail Link.
Train timetable improvements are in planning for introduction in November 2019, including later night service on the Southern and Eastern Lines, and changes to Western Line inter-peak, weekend and public holidays, in preparation for service operational changes during CRL construction works
Ferry Services – In January AT introduced weekend ferry services to Hobsonville Point after locals helped provide additional funding. AT say usage continues to be above the targets set at the beginning of the trial and are still seeing around 500 journeys a weekend taking place.
New Park & Ride – AT say 135 new spaces in Albany and 284 new spaces at Takanini are due to be completed in May.
Health and Safety Dashboard
A separate report covers a number of health and safety measures from across the organisation. One that stood out to me was this on public transport injuries.
So 49 injuries in a year and I suspect most of these are fairly minor. By comparison, about 550 people are seriously injured every year on our roads and likely many thousands more minor injuries.
Parking occupancy – it appears that ATs changes to parking prices, especially to the Downtown building, have had an impact. I wonder if this is also related to the regional fuel tax providing an extra incentive not to drive to the city.
Trips per business day for bus and train both jumped quite a bit, helping to push boardings over 10 million trips in the month for the first time.
Let me know if the comments if there’s anything you’ve seen that I’ve missed.