Express not always best for Airport

Whether to run express services or not is an age-old debate when it comes to public transport. Speed and coverage/accessibility are some of the many variables that need to be traded off against each other when designing a network. In Auckland, the most notable place this debate is currently occurring is in regard to the airport.…
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More automated bus lane enforcement

We’ve seen from AT’s board reports in recent months that they’re starting to use CCTV for a wide array of purposes. This includes analysis such as counting pedestrians, vehicles in bike lanes / blocking intersections / stopped on level crossings / red light running and to measure speeds.…
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2018 Rail and Busway Station Boardings

The rail network and Northern Busway have helped to show that when relatively fast, frequent, reliable and high-quality services are provided, that Aucklanders will flock to use them. At 25.6 million trips, now around 28% of all public transport use in the region takes place on our burgeoning Rapid Transit Network., It has accounted for about 55% of the growth that has occurred over the last five years – although growth on the rail network has notably slowed since late last year.…
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Auckland Transport needs to “up its game”

There’s a bit of a recurring theme to a lot of transport commentary in recent times – that Auckland Transport needs to “up its game”. I touched on it recently in regards to communications, but it’s also covered well in this Newsroom article about the standoff between Auckland Transport and Councillors in relation to the most recent Statement of Intent.…
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Simply repeating “getting people out of their cars” is not a communications strategy

Perhaps the most frustrating part of the Herald’s silly Park and Ride campaign last week was the poor quality communications from Auckland Transport. Instead of explaining clearly what their plans are and why they have adopted this approach, all we got was somewhat mindless chanting: AT chairman Lester Levy and chief executive Shane Ellison say the council’s transport body is continuing to invest in park and rides, but their focus is on getting people out of cars and into public transport.…
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Getting smarter about Park & Ride

A Herald article yesterday bemoaned the apparent lack of emphasis being placed on expanding Auckland’s Park & Rides over the next decade: Auckland Transport (AT) is planning to add 1900 parking spaces across its park and ride stations, but the Automobile Association says it is still a “long way short” of what’s needed… …AA spokesman Barney Irvine said the level of park and ride supply in Auckland was “a joke” compared to Wellington, and cities in Australia and America.…
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