Gathering Momentum by Gathering Data

This is a post by Paul Callister and Heidi O’Callahan. What is required to start developing a co-ordinated passenger rail and bus network for the whole country? One important step, outlined in the Government Policy Statement, is ensuring we’re gathering the right, quality data: The NZ Transport Agency and regional authorities need to provide high quality analysis to input into a rigorous, fit-for-purpose investment analysis system.…
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The good, the adequate and the downright bad

This is a post by Paul Callister and Heidi O’Callahan. The Hon. Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Development, is supporting airports with the Provincial Growth Fund. Has he analysed which transport mode provides the best regional development outcomes? We’ve laid out some environmental and access reasons for a national network of passenger rail, bus, shuttle and supporting active mode infrastructure.…
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Less Parking, Please

Parking is seen as a public good that should be supplied to everyone… Resistance to parking management is tied in a nostalgic way to “the good old days” and used as a form of coded language to complain about increases in population density or changes in community demographics or class structure.…
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Regional Access

This is a post by Paul Callister and Heidi O’Callahan Imagine a New Zealand where you can… knock off work and escape the city for a long weekend, without having to drive on dangerous roads, bleary-eyed from a week at work… grow old in your hometown, knowing that even if you become too disabled to drive, heading to the nearest large centre for a doctor’s visit isn’t a transport hassle… take the overnight train to Wellington for business, so you can stick to your no-flying commitments without it eating into your working week… travel to regional tournaments safely by public transport (while teammates are still gaining experience as drivers)… visit grandchildren in other regions travelling on high quality buses equipped with onboard toilets and fast wifi, enjoying vegan and gluten free options at refreshment stops… have seamless door to door travel between cities and small towns using a mix of trains, buses and electric vehicles, with the help of accessible technology… This is the New Zealand we’ll enjoy if vague calls to “Take Action on the Climate” are heeded.…
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Zero Carbon

Silver Pine* Businesses in New Zealand compete on a playing field that undercharges for pollution and thus disadvantages low-carbon and environmentally-friendly practice. Similarly, business-as-usual mindsets hinder low-carbon and environmentally-friendly transport and land use plans. We need strong climate law to break through to progressive action.…
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