Budget 2022 Highlights

Last Thursday the government delivered its latest budget and while there wasn’t a lot, there were a few transport related items. Half Price Fares Extension Back in March the government announced that for three months they were cutting public transport fares in half, along with a 25c per litre reduction in fuel tax and equivalent decrease in road user charges, all in response to soaring fuel prices following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.…
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Supporting Sprawl in the Northwest and Warkworth

The Council are in the middle of making (government forced) changes to the Unitary Plan which will enable a lot more housing in existing urban areas. At the same time, Supporting Growth – the combined work of Auckland Transport, Waka Kotahi and various consultants, are charging ahead with plans to spend billions to support growth subsidise urban sprawl.…
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What we expect and want to see from the ERP

Today the government are releasing their Emissions Reduction Plan (ERP), with the details released to the public at midday. The ERP: “will set out exactly how the Government plans to deliver on the first emissions budget. The Minister of Finance will also outline the first investments from the Climate Emergency Response Fund on the same day”.…
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A harbour Gondola?

Every few years a new proposal pops up wanting us to invest in a new or different form of transport – invariably that only the proposer can provide. And that’s happened once again, this time with a suggestion to build a gondola over the harbour.…
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Congestion Pricing Green Light?

On Monday the government will release their Emissions Reduction Plan (ERP) following the release of their emissions budgets a few days ago. A draft ERP was released and consulted on last year and the final version: “will set out exactly how the Government plans to deliver on the first emissions budget.…
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More on Maioro

One of the big challenges for Auckland Transport (and other transport agencies) is how to get more out of our existing road networks, because large scale road widening is both politically challenging and any time you need to move kerbs and services it becomes horrendously expensive.…
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Electric Ferries for Auckland

Some ferry good news yesterday with the government announcing funding to build two electric ferries for Auckland. Auckland harbour ferries are set to get quieter, cleaner and greener, thanks to two new fully-electric ferries for commuters and sightseers to travel on, Minister for Energy and Resources Dr Megan Woods announced today.…
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