Flashback Saturday: CBD Rail Tunnel Study Announced

(Almost) every weekend we dig into the archives. This post was first published in October 2009. Well after a lot of bad news relating to public transport recently, it’s very nice to see some good news emerging for once. ARTA and KiwiRail have announced a jointly funded study into Auckland’s CBD Rail Tunnel project, to determine the best route, the best station locations and an economic justification for the project.…
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Flashback Saturday: 2010-2040 RLTS – finally a good transport strategy?

Every weekend we dig into the archives. This post was first published in October 2009. It’s quite arguable that Auckland hasn’t had a good transport strategy in over 60 years – ever since the 1946 plan to invest in both expansions of the rail network and the road network was shelved in favour of around 50 years where public transport investment was almost non-existent and Auckland went down a rather nasty path towards becoming one of the most auto-dependent cities in the entire world.…
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Flashback Saturday – Shedding light on Auckland’s population density

Every weekend we dig into the archives. This post was first published in November 2011. Last night’s post about Eric Thompson’s silly NZ Herald article highlighted one unresolved matter – the question of “what is Auckland’s population density?” I noted that according to Wikipedia, the urban density of Auckland is around 1250 people per square kilometre whereas Demographia states a density of around 2,200.…
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Flashback Saturday – Australasian patronage trends

Every weekend we dig into the archives. This post was originally published in December 2011. This blog post has some excellent comparisons of public transport patronage across New Zealand and Australian cities. While all the cities looked at are of vastly different sizes (and therefore have vastly different patronage numbers), through comparing growth rates and per capita patronage, we can really have quite a good look at how Auckland stacks up against these other places.…
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