The Maddest March yet

I always look forward to the latest ridership numbers from Auckland Transport but March holds a special place thanks to “March Madness”, the time of the year when the usage of buses and trains peak. I had been a little worried about the results for this March due to the combination of two fewer business days, train staff taking industrial action at the beginning of the month and there being a hugely popular series of Adele concerts last year.…
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Electric buses in Auckland

This week will see the first two 100% battery powered electric buses for public transport hit the streets in Auckland on the City Link route. They’re not quite the first ones overall though as AUT launched one as a shuttle between their campuses last month.…
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PT is just too slow

Tomorrow, Auckland Transport will formally open the Manukau Bus Station, followed by a public open day from 10am-2pm. The station itself looks great but I have long had some serious concerns about its functional design. It feels like it was designed by people who don’t use or understand how PT works.…
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Northern Busway turns 10

A recent newsletter from Auckland Transport highlighted that we missed an important anniversary. The Northern Busway turned 10 years old. The busway was officially opened by then Prime Minister Helen Clark on 2 February 2008. It was built by Transit NZ (now NZTA) and at the time it cost about $210 million to build with another $84 million coming from the North Shore City Council for the stations.…
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Network not so frequent

Auckland Transport’s new network is still in the middle of rolling out, with the last two key urban areas still to go. The Isthmus routes are due to start 08-July and North Shore on 30-September. Where the new network has already been implemented, the results are looking positive.…
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Postcard from Sydney: March Madness

This is a guest post from reader Nik With the start of the academic year in both secondary and tertiary institutions along with everyone having settled back into work, March has traditionally been the time of the year when Public Transport is strained the most, as is often talked about within the blog.…
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Mt Eden Mess

It often ends up that what should be the smallest and simplest improvements end up as the biggest battles and that’s proving true again in Mt Eden. Last month, Auckland Transport consulted on a number of changes to bus infrastructure on Mt Eden Rd to make buses work better.…
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