The Bike boom rolls on

Auckland’s bike boom has continued through March helped by a warmer and dryer than normal start to the year. Many of Auckland Transport’s network of 43 automated counters recorded their busiest ever month and combined with record public transport use, show that many Aucklanders are embracing any alternatives they can.…
87 Comments

CRL a step closer but more expensive

The City Rail Link, the country’s biggest transport project, just got $1 billion bigger but also few steps closer to reality as part of three “significant announcements” made yesterday. Revised Costs The biggest news is that the project is now expected to cost $4.419 billion, up from the $3.4 billion figure that they say was last estimated in 2014.…
134 Comments

Tamaki Dr Safety propsals

At the end of last month Auckland Transport launched two consultations aiming to improve road safety in two of Auckland’s most iconic seaside villages – Mission Bay and St Heliers. AT say that between 2013 and 2017: Mission Bay had 46 reported crashes resulting in 14 people injured St Heliers had 38 crashes with 8 people injured.…
91 Comments

Mar-19 Ridership

When it comes to tracking public transport ridership in Auckland, finding out the results for March is one of my favourite times of the year. March is usually the busiest month of the year thanks to a number of factors, such as: Universities starting up again with students keen and eager to learn – before some start dropping away Workers taking fewer days of leave with man having often just taken it over summer Fewer instances of people being sick as the cold and flu season has yet to kick in As traffic and the ensuing congestion increases, more people deciding to give PT a go – before some get frustrated at seeing multiple full buses travel past their stop.…
74 Comments

Are ramp signals fundamentally flawed?

Ramp signals – those traffic lights on motorway on-ramps that are designed to limit the number of vehicles that enter the motorway and thereby help keep traffic flowing, have long been a controversial transport initiative. They were first introduced on Auckland’s motorway system between 2006 and 2009, and are now present on nearly all busy on-ramps.…
76 Comments

New E-Scooter trial and rules coming

At the end of last year and beginning of this year e-scooters dominated the news cycles. I’m still not entirely why they got so much attention but media were absolutely obsessed with them. Perhaps this is a reflection of how Auckland is said to have had one of the strongest uptakes of e-scooter use of any city – a clear sign there’s a demand for more mobility options.…
99 Comments

Drury Structure Plan still not quite right

Back in January I highlighted a major risk that the Council was ruining the Drury growth area by preferring the position of a few landowners over years of previous technical analysis and common sense. Key to my concern was the location of train stations to serve the southern greenfield growth area – the largest area of sprawl currently being planned, but also an area with a train line running right through the middle of it.…
26 Comments

The Huapai Gyratory

In Auckland Transport’s letter to the NZTA about the disarray the latter is in, one of the projects mentioned is one I haven’t been paying much attention to, Huapai Road Improvements. As a reminder, ATs letter stated: Huapai Road Upgrade; this project was included as a priority project in the RLTP at a cost of circa $36 million.…
155 Comments