Clawing Back the Cost of Sprawl

Auckland is currently in the middle of a massive building boom with consents reaching a new all-time high in August with just under 20,000 issued in the last 12 months. Most of these consents are within the existing urban area but as Auckland’s population has grown, so too has its urban footprint.…
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Why is induced demand still ignored?

An excellent recent article on CityLab discusses the important concept of ‘induced demand’ – the phenomenon where additional road capacity encourages more people to drive and fills the road back up again – as well as asking the important question of why is so much money still being spent on road widening when we know it doesn’t work.…
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Northern Pathway dies

On Saturday the government announced they have scrapped the walking and cycling bridge across the harbour, something that was first hinted at in August. The Government has listened to feedback from New Zealanders and has decided not to proceed with the standalone bridge component of the Northern Pathway project and reallocate the funding to other transport projects that reduce emissions and congestion including the Eastern busway, Transport Minister Michael Wood announced today.…
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September-21 Board Meeting

Today the Auckland Transport board meet again and here are the highlights from their board reports. You can also watch the open session of the meeting live between 9am to 9:55am if you want via this Microsoft Teams link. Closed Agenda Below are the items from the closed agenda that caught my attention the most.…
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Midtown Regeneration

Earlier this year work on the downtown area of the city centre was finally completed after three years of work. The work has included strengthening the sea wall, rebuilding Quay St into a more people friendly space, the new Te Wananga public space, the new ferry terminal berths, Te Komititanga and the refurbished chief post office building, the downtown bus interchange.…
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How do our Fares Compare

In order for Auckland to achieve its goals of reducing emissions, improving liveability and mobility we are going to require significant mode shift away from driving. Some of that shift will come from people travelling less, some from a shift to active modes but the lion’s share will need to come from more people using public transport.…
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The Latest Queen St Design

Auckland Council took over the Queen St changes some time ago after seemingly getting frustrated at Auckland Transports inability to do its job. They’ve been behind the recent changes between Customs and Shortland St and yesterday¬†released the latest in their plans for improving Queen St.…
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