Flashback Saturday: The pitfalls of “multi-modal” projects

Every weekend we dig into the archives. This post was first published in October 2012. A previous post by Patrick highlighted his concerns about the phrase “multi-modal”, something that I want to explore further. Patrick’s general argument is that we “talk the good talk” about multi-modalism (is that even a word?) but in reality what we have built over and over again is “mono-modalism”.…
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Flashback Saturday: The Other Great Transit Dividend

Every weekend we dig into the archives. This post by Patrick was originally published in October 2012. We know that for cities clever investments in Transit systems are the best way to keep their road system working efficiently. By adding additional capacity for movements of people these complimentary systems can save us all multiple billions of dollars in deferred or unnecessary additional roading projects.…
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Flashback Saturday: ATAP interim report

Every weekend we dig into the archives. This post by Matt was originally published in June 2016. Yesterday, the second Auckland Transport Alignment Project (ATAP) report was released, with the third and final report due in August. ATAP is the council and government working together to come up with an agreed transport plan for Auckland, one that ultimately performs better than what is currently planned.…
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Flashback Saturday – Build bridges, not walls: How to make Auckland a more equitable city

Every weekend we dig into the archives. This post by Peter was originally published in July 2017. This piece was originally written for Fightback magazine and published online in March. As an economist specialising in urban issues, I spend most of my time analysing and debating how transport and housing policy can make society wealthier, healthier, and happier.…
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Flashback Saturday: Are our business cases founded on a lie?

Every weekend we dig into the archives. This post by Harriet was originally published in May 2018. Last year Matt wrote a post about NZTA’s Post-implementation reviews.¬†These reviews are undertaken a few years after a project is completed and perform three functions: To see how the outcomes compare what was expected before the project was built To explain any variation in those measures To identify lessons that can be learned to improve other projects.…
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