Feb-19 AT Board Meeting

Today the Auckland Transport board meet for their first formal meeting of the year. Here are some of the highlights from the papers going to the board. Closed Session The closed session is usually where most of the interesting items are discussed.…
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What’s happening with light rail?

In recent months it has been immensely frustrating how little progress seems to have been made on the City Centre to Mangere project. Large and complicated projects always take time of course, but Auckland Transport had been working on it for years so it’s hardly like NZTA, who are now leading the project, needed to start from scratch.…
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Dec-18 Ridership

With public transport fares set to increase this weekend, it’s useful to look at how public transport use has been growing and with December’s ridership numbers now out, we can do just that. We’ve also been waiting to see the outcome of Auckland Transport’s free afternoon on buses and trains on the Friday before Christmas and yesterday they finally provided that.…
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Growing Auckland without growing traffic

“How can we accommodate Auckland’s substantial future growth without increasing traffic?” This is the question that should sit at the heart of every major transport and planning decision that’s made in Auckland. I think it’s also going to increasingly become a way of easily describing the goal of Greater Auckland in helping to shape land-use and transport policy-making.…
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What happens if you get rid of the Regional Fuel Tax?

Yesterday Simon Bridges delivered a fairly major speech, outlining the National Party’s intentions ahead of next year’s election. Of particular relevance was him reaffirming that, if elected, National would cancel the Auckland regional fuel tax: If National is elected in 2020 we will:☑️ Repeal the Auckland Regional Fuel Tax☑️ Ensure no increase in petrol taxes during our first term☑️ Have no new taxes in our first term☑️ Repeal a Capital Gains Tax — Simon Bridges (@simonjbridges) January 30, 2019 One term governments are pretty rare in New Zealand, with the last one happening in the early 1970s, but it’s worth having a think about what would happen if an incoming government got rid of the Regional Fuel Tax.…
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My Rail Fail Alternative

Friday saw Auckland’s entire rail network melt down following a major signal fault at Britomart and causing massive disruption. Mayor Phil Goff later confirmed the fault impacted both primary and back-up systems. Signal system failure. Both and primary and back up.…
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CRL costs potentially increase

On Saturday the herald reported the cost of the City Rail Link might have increased. The cost of Auckland’s City Rail Link – New Zealand’s largest ever transport project – has blown out by $500 million, according to sources. A senior council officer told the Weekend Heraldthat revised estimates for the $3.4 billion project have increased by $500m and “there are fears it is going to be over $1 billion” by the time the main contracts are awarded this year.…
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