Broken Business Cases

A few weeks ago, Steven Joyce spoke regarding traditional cost-benefit basis, here is what he said reported in NZ Herald: Some projects in Auckland, such as the City Rail Link, did not stack up on a traditional cost-benefit basis, he said, although the Government has committed to funding for it.” “I think there is unfinished business now for all of us to think about what are the true wider benefits of some of these projects and trying to get a bit more discipline to them in the years ahead,” he told the finance and expenditure committee at Parliament in response to questions from Greens co-leader James Shaw.” “From my perspective, I think it is important that we go through the benefit-cost ratio discussion.” “However I would signal that some of the projects that we collectively have all committed to, including the CRL, doesn’t really stack up on a traditional cost-benefit basis.”Joyce is off the mark, however, the issue is not that we need better discipline but if whether the current way we calculate for business cases is even fit for purpose for the 21st century.…
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Morrow Street Changes

I recently complained to AT regarding the intersection at Broadway/Morrow in Newmarket which is very unfriendly to pedestrians due to the high speeds of vehicles moving through which seems to result in constant stream of near misses this was the response Thank you for contacting Auckland Transport on 27 February regarding pedestrian safety at the Morrow Street/ Broadway intersection.…
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T2/3 or Bus Lane – How AT decides

Recently a lot of discussions have been occurring on how AT decides whether to place a Transit Lane vs a Bus Lane, I decided the investigate and this is what I found. According to the AT Code of Practice on the matter, the following flowchart is used Special Lane Flowchart So for a route to qualify for a Bus Lane it has toBe either a Frequent Transit Network route or have 15bph.…
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City Centre Targeted Rate Budget

Recently I have gone through the latest Agenda of the City Centre Advisory Board and found some very interesting items. I will endeavour to post updates from Agenda’s in the future if anything new pops up as I think many of you will be interested, as it contains updates on the upgrades that are funded by the City Centre Targeted Rate, including projects from the City Centre Masterplan.…
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Could the ABS Study Concepts be used?

Earlier this year the NZTA released their interim alternative to Light Rail the Advance Bus Solution. We felt the report had a large number of flaws for the QueenSt-Dominion Road-Airport corridor it was proposed along. These were outlined in Matt’s post on the ABS Study and included:A bus a minute on Queen St Not explaining where North Shore/Mt Eden Buses go Having express buses overtake by passing onto the other side of the road, even with a bus a minute frequencies How they planned to loop and recover large articulated buses around Lower Albert/CommerceHowever were there some elements of ABS Study which could be applied on other routes such as the Eastern Busway (AMETI), Pakuranga Rd or the Henderson – Constellation BRT.…
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