AT on their PT journey

This is a post by Mark Lambert – Auckland Transport’s Chief AT Metro Officer. Public transport is all about numbers – literally bums on seats. When more people use it it’s cheaper to run and there are simply fewer cars on the road, meaning less congestion.…
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T2/3 or Bus Lane – How AT decides

Recently a lot of discussions have been occurring on how AT decides whether to place a Transit Lane vs a Bus Lane, I decided the investigate and this is what I found. According to the AT Code of Practice on the matter, the following flowchart is used Special Lane Flowchart So for a route to qualify for a Bus Lane it has toBe either a Frequent Transit Network route or have 15bph.…
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Bus Back Map

While heading out for lunch at work yesterday I noticed this bus parked up, or more specifically I noticed the ad on the back of it.What interested me was not the ad itself but the idea behind it, of putting a metro map on the bus itself.…
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Grafton Gully bus terminal and bike access

One interesting, and less controversial, aspect of the mid-town bus Indicative Business Case (IBC) was the discussion about terminal options in Grafton Gully. Under all of the plans that AT consulted the public on, a number of buses from the North Shore, such as the proposed NEX 2, would enter the city then travel down Wellesley St, upon which time something would need to be done with them. …
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Could the ABS Study Concepts be used?

Earlier this year the NZTA released their interim alternative to Light Rail the Advance Bus Solution. We felt the report had a large number of flaws for the QueenSt-Dominion Road-Airport corridor it was proposed along. These were outlined in Matt’s post on the ABS Study and included:A bus a minute on Queen St Not explaining where North Shore/Mt Eden Buses go Having express buses overtake by passing onto the other side of the road, even with a bus a minute frequencies How they planned to loop and recover large articulated buses around Lower Albert/CommerceHowever were there some elements of ABS Study which could be applied on other routes such as the Eastern Busway (AMETI), Pakuranga Rd or the Henderson – Constellation BRT.…
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Mid-Town Bus Business Case doesn’t support ATs position

It’s no secret that we felt that Auckland Transport’s preferred option for mid-town buses is incredibly stupid. Both because we think it’s bad for buses and bus users, due to buses getting caught in traffic and also because it actively works against the city’s goal of transforming Victoria St into a people focused space, particularly in the form of the Linear Park.…
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Ferry trade-offs

On a post about Auckland’s planned rapid transit network a while ago, one reader asked the question of why we don’t plan more ferry services: We have a nice big harbour with good access from the North Shore and East Auckland.…
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March Madness 2017 Ridership

The public transport results for March are always the most anticipated of the year because we’re eager to see just how much March Madness lived up to its reputation. In past years we’ve anticipated big numbers because we’d seen the regular complaints about extremely busy services.…
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