Weekly Roundup 28-April-2023

Welcome to the last Friday in April… that month went fast, eh? Settle in for a read of stories that caught our eye this week. The Week in Greater Auckland Another short work week with Anzac Day in the mix creating another welcome long weekend, so just two posts: On Wednesday, Matt looked at the options for the Onehunga line Thursday’s post was a guest article by Darren Davis and Malcolm McCracken, on the (rolling) tragedy of passenger rail in the lower North Island AWHC Consultation At the end of March, Waka Kotahi launched a consultation on a future harbour crossing with a variety of bridge and tunnel options presented, with some potentially costing an eye-watering $25 billion.…
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Weekly Roundup 21-April-2023

Mōrena and welcome back to another Friday. We hope it’s going slightly better for you than for a certain billionaire whose rocket just experienced a “rapid unscheduled disassembly”. Related: where will we find the top urbanist news tidbits and inspiring images to bring you every week, if the same thing happens to a certain social media app?…
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Avondale Open Streets – Success

This is a guest post by Jessica Rose, an Avondale resident. Last weekend Avondale town centre was host to the first Open Streets event in Tamaki Makaurau since 2016. Closing Great North Road to cars, while opening it to people. This is a long time between drinks, considering Open Streets usually take the form of a series of regular events over consecutive weekends.…
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AT Parks Some of Its Parking Strategy

In 2015, Auckland Transport adopted a regionwide parking strategy. It represented a big step forward in how parking was to be managed around the region. The biggest problem with it? The fact that AT subsequently completely ignored it. In 2021, AT decided they needed a new parking strategy and got to work on refreshing it.…
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Karangahape Done Right

The completion of the City Rail Link may be delayed, but when it does finally open, up to 40,000 people will flood out of the entrances to the Karanga-a-Hape station every day. Tens of thousands more are expected to arrive or pass through the area on buses, too.…
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Reasons to be optimistic about Auckland Transport

Last week I had the chance to sit down with Auckland Transport’s new CEO, Dean Kimpton, and ask him some questions and I think there’s a lot of reasons to be optimistic for the future. It was only Dean’s sixth day in the role so understandably he’s not going to be over all the details yet, but his understanding of the role – and many of the issues faced by both the organisation and the city – is invariably helped by his previous tenure as Auckland Council’s Chief Operating Officer, and more recently as the Chair of the Eastern Busway Alliance.…
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Ridership reaches 80 per cent

Easter and the school holidays typically represents the end of March Madness, the period of time where travel demand across all modes is at it’s highest. It’s also been a quite while since we’ve really covered what’s happening with ridership so it’s time to look at it again This year has been particularly challenging for public transport as we emerge from COVID with different travel patters, with a significant bus driver shortage, a ferry crew shortage and rail lines shut due to Kiwirail’s network rebuild programme.…
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