2019 Rail Station Boardings

Over year to the end of June, the number of boardings on our rail network increased by 5.8% on the year before to a record of 21.4 million. Every year Auckland Transport kindly provide me with the numbers to break that down by station, including how many people went from every station to every other station.…
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Auckland’s previous transport revolution

We live in an era of significant change to Auckland’s transport system – although not as much as it should be. While daily frustrations about a lack of progress are never-ending, when we zoom out it’s clear that amazing progress has been made over the past 20 years to improve public transport and (more recently) cycling.…
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If AT were really trying to change things

Over the last few years, Auckland Transport have increasingly become the go to political pinata by those looking to score some quick headlines – if you don’t like something about Auckland, blame AT. They’re accused of all sorts of things, from not listening to the public all the way to being ideological bullies waging a war on cars to force people out on to bikes and public transport.…
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A lesson from Indianapolis

At first glance, Indianapolis, a city best known for a car race, doesn’t have a lot that Auckland could learn from with regards to transport. Sitting on the plans of the mid-west, largely unconstrained by geography, the city of just over 2 million has sprawled in all directions to cover an area almost three times that of Auckland.…
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Sep-19 AT Board Meeting

Yesterday the Auckland Transport board met for their latest meeting. Here are the highlights from the various papers. Closed Agenda There was no closed agenda published this month. This is the first time that’s happened and I hope it’s not the start of trend as while there isn’t much detail released, it does at least help understand the things AT are discussing.…
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Bridge Crash Chaos

Every day something goes wrong on our transport system somewhere. On our roads crashes and breakdowns are a daily occurrence while our rail network is not immune to faults and other issues creating delays. The impacts of these are often fairly localised but occasionally, if the incident occurs in just the wrong place and/or at the wrong time, it can become something much more serious.…
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July-19 Ridership

For Auckland Transport, July marks the start of a new financial year with new targets to achieve. For public transport they’re off to a good start thanks continued strong growth we seen. The month also marks a year since the new network rolled out in Central Auckland (July 8).…
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Lost in Transmission: Junky Economics and Gunky Harbours

The massive Transmission Gully project was in the news twice yesterday. Junky Economics In the first bit of news, the NZTA announced that once complete in 2020, Transmission Gully will not be tolled. “In line with our tolling policy, the Transport Agency assesses all new state highway projects for tolling feasibility,” Transport Agency Director of Regional Relationships Emma Speight says.…
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