Weekly Roundup – 24-Jan-20

Here’s our weekly collection of smaller pieces. Otahuhu station works Over the Christmas/New Year period works were undertaken to enable the third platform at Otahuhu, which is being done as part of the City Rail Link. A timelapse of the works is below. Electric Bus MoU Auckland Transport’s current plans to roll out electric buses with them specifying all new buses be electric by 2025 and all buses electric by 2040 is simply not ambitious enough.…
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Auckland Transport’s weird obsession with subsidising Devonport taxis

This is an important year for Auckland Transport. It needs to catch up on delivering projects funded by the Regional Fuel Tax, where progress has been slower than forecast. It also needs to do much of the grunt work to inform the next cycle of transport budgets that will take effect from the middle of next year, implement important but often controversial changes to streetspace allocation, implement critical safety improvements and speed limit reductions, get back on track when it comes to delivering cycleways, increase public transport use at a time when there are no big projects or changes being delivered to ride the coattails of, and – all while being subject to a CCO review that should ask fundamental questions about the roles and functions of a transport CCO and how to improve its public accountability.…
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Weekly Roundup 17-Jan-20

Here’s our weekly collection of smaller pieces. Housing Consents Stats NZ announced this week that NZ as a whole had reached a 45-year high for new home consents. “For the first time in 45 years, the annual number of new homes consented rose to over 37,000,” construction statistics manager Melissa McKenzie said.…
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Auckland’s PT fare changes for 2020

As expected, Auckland Transport have announced public transport fares are set to rise. Auckland Transport (AT) has completed its annual review of public transport fares which takes effect from 9 February 2020. The outcome builds upon the direction given by Auckland Council’s Governing Body in May 2019, which approved: free weekend public transport for five to 15 year olds (proposed by Mayor Phil Goff in his 2019/2020 budget) the integration of fares for ferry trips into the bus and train network making it cheaper for ferry customers to use multi-mode journeys a small general fare increase to contribute to additional costs resulting from both enhanced services as a result of increased patronage and inflationary cost pressures. As a result of the latest review, free public transport for 5 to 15-year-olds over weekends will continue and there will be no changes for those travelling longer distances (5, 6, 7 and 8 zone trips).…
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Nov-19 Ridership

Auckland Transports public transport and cycling stats show that while November had one less weekday than it did in 2018, we saw still managed some decent growth in usage. Public Transport We should see a more detailed breakdown of the November numbers at the next AT board meeting in February but the high-level numbers are positive.…
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Weekly Roundup 10-Jan-20

It’s the first weekly roundup of 2020, our weekly collection of smaller pieces. Tamaki Regeneration I came across this excellent video released a few months ago from Tamaki Regeneration about their plans. It’s great they explicitly talk about changing streets to make them safer One of the most interesting parts is this concept for a significantly upgraded Glen Innes Station.…
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Speeding up Wellington Buses

One of the most important things Auckland Transport need to do to improve public transport is to improve the speed and reliability of buses. This is something I wrote about a few times last year including this post where I analysed the average speed of buses in Auckland using timetable data.…
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