Re-Opening Mothballed Lines

The new government’s Regional Development Fund was the highest profile part of the coalition agreement between Labour and New Zealand First. Improving the country’s rail network in areas outside the main cities was highlighted as key area where the fund could be targeted: They agreed to create a $1 billion regional development fund that would invest significantly in regional rail and plant 100 million trees per year in a billion trees planting programme.…
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Major Cost Blowout for Midtown Bus Solution?

Last year Auckland Transport declared war on the Council over the Victoria Street Linear Park. Just days after being instructed by Council to allow for the future Victoria Street Linear Park, A major part of the City Centre Master Plan and the planned east-west cycling/walking link, AT proposed midtown bus routes that were heavily reliant on Victoria St, thereby preventing the Linear Park.…
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Eastern Rapid Transit – busway is best

Given there’s a lot of focus on developing a light-rail system across much of Auckland at the moment, it’s worth looking at whether the Eastern Busway (formerly known as AMETI) should instead be light rail. I want to go through why, in this case, I think we should stick with the current plans of this being a busway.…
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New Trains – What do we want changed?

Last year Auckland Council agreed to fund the procurement of more electric trains in order to meet the massive growth of patronage on the rail network since Project DART and Electrification of the network. Whilst the trains should look the same as the ones we have now, as I understand it, AT will be going though a process to review the design.…
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Re-Thinking the Mill Road Corridor

One of the projects that has come into the spotlight again recently is the Mill Road corridor project. At the moment it is split into two key projects, though each contains several distinct sections: Mill Road North – This is the project that bizarrely topped the RLTP priority list, despite costing over $500 million.…
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