AT finally looking to fix the Outer Link

The Link routes are unique in Auckland in that they’re some of the few cases where AT try to put any effort into creating and marketing a public transport brand. But while the brand has strong recognition, the experience leaves a lot to be desired, most noticeably the Inner and Outer links which due to their loopy nature, are unreliable with buses often end up bunched together and having long pauses at places like Victoria Park.…
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Gathering Momentum by Gathering Data

This is a post by Paul Callister and Heidi O’Callahan. What is required to start developing a co-ordinated passenger rail and bus network for the whole country? One important step, outlined in the Government Policy Statement, is ensuring we’re gathering the right, quality data: The NZ Transport Agency and regional authorities need to provide high quality analysis to input into a rigorous, fit-for-purpose investment analysis system.…
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In bed before 10: Auckland Transport’s vision for our future

In mid-October Auckland Transport cut off peak and evening frequencies on a swathe of bus routes across the city. There are more of them than any sane person would read through, but of most relevance to this post are the many previously frequent “15 minutes until midnight” routes, introduced with the new network, which have been cut to near useless 30 minute frequency in the evening.…
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Disappearing traffic on 14th Street

We like to keep an eye on what’s going on in the world of transport overseas as it can help inform discussion of what happens here and one of the most interesting recent examples comes to us from New York. The city is well known for its subway system which in the year to the end of June carried over 2.6 billion trips but buses also play a significant role and over the same period, MTA buses carried another 700 million trips.…
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AT slashing bus services

Before getting into this post, I thought I’d highlight a few important factors: Public transport is growing rapidly, having recently passed 100 million trips. There is strong public support for more and better public transport. There is strong political support for more and better public transport – although more on that later.…
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The good, the adequate and the downright bad

This is a post by Paul Callister and Heidi O’Callahan. The Hon. Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Development, is supporting airports with the Provincial Growth Fund. Has he analysed which transport mode provides the best regional development outcomes? We’ve laid out some environmental and access reasons for a national network of passenger rail, bus, shuttle and supporting active mode infrastructure.…
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If AT were really trying to change things

Over the last few years, Auckland Transport have increasingly become the go to political pinata by those looking to score some quick headlines – if you don’t like something about Auckland, blame AT. They’re accused of all sorts of things, from not listening to the public all the way to being ideological bullies waging a war on cars to force people out on to bikes and public transport.…
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