Regional Access

This is a post by Paul Callister and Heidi O’Callahan Imagine a New Zealand where you can… knock off work and escape the city for a long weekend, without having to drive on dangerous roads, bleary-eyed from a week at work… grow old in your hometown, knowing that even if you become too disabled to drive, heading to the nearest large centre for a doctor’s visit isn’t a transport hassle… take the overnight train to Wellington for business, so you can stick to your no-flying commitments without it eating into your working week… travel to regional tournaments safely by public transport (while teammates are still gaining experience as drivers)… visit grandchildren in other regions travelling on high quality buses equipped with onboard toilets and fast wifi, enjoying vegan and gluten free options at refreshment stops… have seamless door to door travel between cities and small towns using a mix of trains, buses and electric vehicles, with the help of accessible technology… This is the New Zealand we’ll enjoy if vague calls to “Take Action on the Climate” are heeded.…
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The cost of more frequent buses

As I wrote a few weeks ago, one of the biggest things our next council should do is to focus on how we can turn PT up a notch by improving frequencies. In particular, we should look to bring forward Auckland Transport’s aspiration, as expressed in their Regional Public Transport Plan (RPTP), to improve frequent services from being every 15 minutes to every 10 minutes.…
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AT’s Jun-19 Numbers

June’s results are always some of the more interesting of the year as the month marks the end of the financial year and so the 12-monthly results are the ones AT get their performance marked against – although as I raised in the post about the May numbers, some of their targets are too low to begin with.…
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Making the city center even greater

As we learnt last year, the council is in the process of refreshing the City Centre Masterplan (CCMP). The current version was adopted in 2012 and has been critical in helping shape our city centre, such as the work that currently going on around the downtown area, and coming up with the concept for the Victoria St Linear Park.…
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May-19 Ridership and more

Late last week Auckland Transport released some figures for how popular public transport was on the fare free day of Sunday 23rd – but unfortunately the only definitive numbers are for ferries. Ferries that Sunday carried almost three times the normal number of passengers but some services saw considerably more, as shown below from a tweet by Councillor Chris Darby.…
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Free PT day a success

Yesterday Auckland Transport held their day of free public transport to celebrate reaching 100 million trips within a 12 month period and it appears to have been a great success with services reported to be four times busier than usual and it felt like Aucklanders were out celebrating Auckland.…
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