Fare Reduction Options

Public transport fares have been a hot topic this year following Auckland Transports announcement in January that they were putting them up again to cover increasing costs, in part because more people are using PT. Increasing fares at the same time as we want a lot more people to use public transport isn’t a great strategy and in March, our friends at Generation Zero called for AT to freeze fares and for the NZTA to review their farebox policy.…
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May-19 AT Board meeting

Thursday is the next Auckland Transport board meeting and here are some of the highlights from the papers going to the board. Closed Agenda There is surprisingly little on the closed agenda for this meeting with the only things of real interest being: Enterprise Asset Management Business Case Third Party Major Project Support and Mobilisation Active Modes update I wonder if the active modes update will just say “we haven’t done anything on active for years” given ATs abysmal record on this of late.…
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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.…
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Support the Birkenhead Ave Transit Lane

Sometimes, even small and what should be uncontroversial changes to our streets are opposed for no apparent reason. A great example of this is Birkenhead Ave on the North Shore where Auckland Transport are currently proposing to install a new, 400m long T3 lane on the street with AT saying: Birkenhead Avenue is a key regional arterial road linking Beach Haven and Glenfield to the Northern Motorway via Onewa Road.…
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Freeze the fares

This is a guest post from Leroy Beckett, Auckland Director for Generation Zero Earlier this year, Auckland Transport announced that they would increase public transport fares to comply with NZTA’s farebox recovery policy, which requires 50% of operational costs to be covered by fares.…
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AT Celebrates New Network

Auckland Transport are (rightfully) celebrating the rise in ridership that has come as a result of the new network. As I highlighted the other day, boardings are now at just under 98 million trips per year, that’s up by over 29 million or 42% in less than six years.…
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Sorting out downtown buses

One of the more interesting things we learnt from this week was that the Britomart East Bus Interchange, unofficially known as the “bus ballsack”, had been cancelled and staff sent back to the drawing board. The plan would have seen a bus interchange and roundabout built on Quay St between Commerce St and Gore St.…
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Mar-19 AT Board Meeting

Tomorrow the Auckland Transport board meet again and here are the most interesting bits from their board papers. Closed Session There doesn’t seem lot of interesting items on the closed agenda this meeting with most of the items relating to more clerical issues such as a procurement policy or budget template.The only thing of note is the New Bus Network Design for Waiheke Island.…
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