Auckland’s expensive PT fares

Auckland’s high public transport fares have been highlighted again with the Herald reporting: Auckland has the third most expensive public transport in the world, according to a report by Deutsche Bank. In Auckland you will need to shell out US$122.90, or NZ$174.74 for a monthly ticket to get around the city by bus, train and ferry, says the 2017 report.…
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Mt Eden bus improvements to go ahead

Earlier this year Auckland Transport consulted on what should have been a relatively straight forward change to improve buses along Mt Eden Rd. It involved adding some new bus lanes, extending the hours of operation of them, amending some parking on streets surrounding the town centre, and lengthening the bus stops in the middle of the village.…
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Apr-18 Ridership

The ridership numbers for April are out and they’re following a similar trend to the other months this year. Overall ridership was up 4.4% on last April, however that is in part due to the calendar having two additional working days compared to 2017.…
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Flashback Saturday: Is New Zealand getting public transport right?

Every weekend we dig into the archives. This post, by Peter, was originally published in December 2014. Increasingly, the answer is yes – although we certainly can’t rest on our laurels yet. Read on if you want to know how and why… I recently read Paul Mees’ excellent book Transport for Suburbia, which argues that high-quality, useful public transport services can be provided even in the low to medium density cities of Australia and New Zealand.…
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Fairer fares

Some of the opposition to the Regional Fuel Tax has come from those concerned about the ability of low income households to afford the extra costs This article by Manukau Ward Councilor Efeso Collins lays out many of those concerns. Due to low household incomes, my community doesn’t have the luxury of paying additional tax now, to benefit future generations.…
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ATAP 2.0 – wrapup

Words like transformational and step-change get thrown around far too often when talking about transport announcements. But I think yesterday’s release of the updated Auckland Transport Alignment Project is one announcement that certainly qualifies. At $28 billion over the next decade, the plan the biggest we’ve seen and for the first time it’s fully funded too – although there are a couple of caveats on that¹.…
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ATAP 2.0 – first details look great

Auckland’s next decade of transport is looking fantastic with latest version of the Auckland Transport Alignment Project just released by Transport Minister Phil Twyford and Mayor Phil Goff. We’ll have some more complete analysis but here are some of the highlights: It’s a fully funded, $28 billion package over the coming decade.…
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