How we’d build Light Rail

Tomorrow (Tuesday 31 August), the consultation for the Auckland Light Rail process closes. If you haven’t already, now’s a good time to provide some feedback. We’ve been somewhat critical of this engagement process due to a lack of information about some of the key trade-offs that need to be made.…
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Weekly roundup 27-Aug-2021

Header image via twitter user @wildbaynz Ata mārie everyone. After a week and a half in lockdown you’re probably sick of the internet, but just in case you’re not, here’s our roundup of transport and urbanism reads for the week. City Rail Link August footage This drone footage of the Mt Eden station area was taken just before work ceased because of the level 4 lockdown.…
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August-21 AT Board Meeting

Tomorrow the Auckland Transport board meet again and here are the highlights from their board reports. Closed Agenda The agenda for this closed session contains a lot of rail related items. Items for Approval Rail Franchise – Procurement update – Our trains are currently run by Transdev and the company, or various iterations of it (Connex and Veolia) have been running them since around 2004.…
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The Ministry of Education

COVID-19 Response Minister, Chris Hipkins, volunteered fodder for jokes yesterday, when he stumbled on an unfortunate combination of “spread their wings” and “stretch their legs.” Advice from @chrishipkins for those who want to "get out and spread their legs" pic.twitter.com/xIt8YUTy2J — Dan News (@dannews) August 22, 2021 Chuckles aside, what was no laughing matter was his perverse transport advice: It is a challenge in higher density areas for people to get outside and to spread stretch their legs when they are surrounded by other people, and so in some cases it might be more sensible for them to drive a short distance to get to somewhere where they can be further from other people.…
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Weekly Roundup 20-Aug-21

Kia ora koutou kātoa (that’s our best Ashley Bloomfield impression), we’re settling into Level 4 life once more, and hope you’re going OK. It’s been quite a week all around the motu, with good news and not-so-good news. It was encouraging to hear at the 1pm briefing yesterday that there is a likely link between the current community cases and a recent MIQ case.…
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