Weekly Roundup 26-August-2022

And so we roll into the last days of August, with spring in the air. Our header image this week: a night shot of Ngā Hau Māngere, the new old bridge which officially opens this weekend.  The week in Greater Auckland Monday’s post by Heidi, Turning Over a New Leaf, launched the week by examining how the Transport Emissions Reduction Pathway (adopted by Council last week) signals the dawn of a new era.…
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Flashback Saturday: City Rail Link to be future-proofed

This post was originally published by Matt in July 2018 Barely 24 hours after I discussed the need to fix up two problems with the City Rail Link, it seems that our wishes are to be granted. Mr Goff said the council was considering plans to widen the rail tunnel and lengthen the platforms at two stations – Aotea and Karangahape – and put in a second entrance to the latter at Beresford Square.…
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Weekly Roundup 19-August-2022

Koanga (spring) might be just around the corner but a stormy winter is hanging on with both hands across the motu this week. Header image this week from a New Yorker cover by Jean-Jacques Sempé. The week in Greater Auckland Monday’s post was about Parliament’s announcement of an inquiry into the future of inter-regional passenger rail.…
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A Pathway to a Flourishing Future

Auckland Council has released a very encouraging, 80 page document: the Transport Emissions Reduction Pathway (TERP). The TERP describes what is required for Auckland to successfully reduce transport emissions in line with Te Tāruke-ā-Tāwhiri: Auckland’s Climate Plan. To be clear, the TERP is a pathway, not a to-do list.…
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Flashback Saturday: Good Density

This post was originally published by Heidi in July 2019. (Credit for above image: Point and Miller) Promoting density is critical to avoid locking in sprawling, inefficient and climate-vulnerable modes of growth, but the kind of density matters. ‘Good density’ means functionally and socially mixed neighbourhoods with access to green spaces, comfortable, affordable, and climate-smart housing for all, and high-quality public transport networks.…
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Weekly Roundup 12-August-2022

Kia ora koutou mā, happy Friday and hope you’re doing well. Here’s some roundup goodness for you to enjoy over the weekend. The week in Greater Auckland On Tuesday, Matt revived the light rail debate, with a comprehensive list of points explaining the benefits of surface light rail, and asking if a different route would work better for the tunneled version.…
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Weekly Roundup 05-August-2022

Tēnā koutou and welcome to the first weekly roundup of August/Here-turi-kōkā. Cover image: Auckland’s newest TBM gets sent underground in style. The week in Greater Auckland Monday’s post broke down the VKT reduction targets in the Emissions Reduction Plan. On Tuesday, Scott shared a Coalition for More Homes letter asking Council why planning for [underground] Light Rail appears to be getting in the way of denser housing where it’s needed on the Isthmus.…
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Flashback Saturday: Road Building Brouhaha

This post by Matt was originally published in July 2019. It reads particularly interestingly when you consider six months later the government announced the NZ Upgrade Programme. Over the last week there’s been a flurry of discussion in the media about the country’s transport priorities following the publication of a letter by the government’s Business Advisory Council (BAC).…
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