Weekly Roundup 26-January-2024

It’s Friday and we’ve got a long weekend ahead of us so here’s a few things that caught our attention this week to enjoy for some weekend reading. This week in Greater Auckland On Monday Matt looked at the latest versions of Auckland Transport’s Rapid Transit Network maps On Wednesday Matt covered the completion of the the summer rail shutdown – though we do have another rail shutdown this weekend.…
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2023/24 Summer Rail Works Complete

Kiwirail are celebrating the completion of their near four-week long Christmas/New Year network shutdown works. KiwiRail successfully delivers summer holiday infrastructure upgrades across NZ KiwiRail teams delivered significant upgrade initiatives across the country’s major commuter rail networks on time and on target over the summer holiday period.…
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New Maps, Old Issues

Back in 2021, Auckland Transport introduced a new Rapid Transit map, one which actually called it the Rapid Transit Network rather than a rail map which had the busway tacked on. While the map was an improvement on what had come before, there was still plenty of room for improvement, not to mention a few errors.…
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Weekly Roundup 19-January-2024

It’s Friday again and so we’re bringing back the weekly roundup again. This week in Greater Auckland On Monday, Matt covered the news that the new government has officially cancelled Auckland’s (tunnelled) light rail project. On Wednesday we shared a post about the idea of straightening the 25 bus route.…
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Straightening the 25 route

With the death of light rail, this post from Puketāpapa Local Board member Jon Turner late last year feels particularly relevant. A while ago I asked AT about the potential to run the 252 route down Dominion Road as the ‘standard’ route, with the View Road detour only being run by either the 25L or 25B.…
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Light Rail officially dies

Yesterday the government made an announcement that should surprise almost no-one, finally making it official that light rail is dead. The coalition Government continues to deliver on its 100-day plan with the decision to cancel the Auckland Light Rail project. “Auckland Light Rail would have cost taxpayers $15 billion, with advice showing the cost could increase to $29.2 billion,” Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.…
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2024 – The Year Ahead

Welcome to 2024. After wrapping up 2023, here’s a look at some of the things we can expect to see and will be watching for this year. Public Transport Ridership Recovery The last few years have been extremely disruptive for public transport ridership, initially from COVID but then we were hit with massive disruption across all modes with staffing shortages on buses and ferries, and the need for Kiwirail to rebuild large parts of the rail network resulting in closures.…
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