What next for improving Auckland’s buses?

Next month the final stage of implementing Auckland’s new public transport network will be completed, as the North Shore network goes live. This has been a long time coming, as the new network has been in the works since 2012. But now we have reached this milestone, it does beg the question “what next?” I think having made this big change, the key next step is to really make the most from the new network – through a combination of improvements: Bring rail into being a true part of the frequent PT network.…
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Jun-18 Ridership

June is always one of the most important months in the year for ridership as it’s the final month in the financial year. The latest results are out and here’s a breakdown. Auckland AT have published the June numbers, although they don’t have quite the same level of detail as the report that goes to the board.…
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How much faster will train timetables be?

For drivers, school holidays must seem almost magical with traffic seemingly vanishing for a few weeks. Commutes that might normally take an hour in mind-numbing congestion can, for a few weeks, be achieved in less than half that time. On the motorway, the speedo might even reach 80km/h or more even during the traditional peak hours.…
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July-18 AT Board Meeting

Today is the latest Auckland Transport board meeting. As usual, I’ve been through the papers. Closed Session Agenda There are quite a few items on the closed session agenda this month and all are up for approval/decision. The most interesting ones are: AT Board Policies Contract Variation Agreement for the Provision of Manned Services Ferry PTOM Procurement Update Future Ferry Strategy Deed of Lease of KR Land at Takanini Park and Ride Lease of Units at Devonport Wharf AMETI EB1 Revised Forecast Procurement of ETCS equipment Review and Approval of AT Board Subcommittee Charters Open Session Board Report There’s quite a few interesting items in this report and I skipped some of it due to how long the post was already getting.…
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HOP improvements stopped

Promised upgrades and improvements to ATs HOP card due to roll out this year have been dropped due to a new national ticketing system that may take six to eight years to introduce. Of all the improvements to public transport in the last few decades, one of the most important and successful was the introduction of HOP.…
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