December-22 AT Board Meeting

On Thursday the Auckland Transport board meets for the last time this year, and also the first time since the council new council was sworn in. It’s unclear if they’ll even have a quorum for the meeting. Chair Adrienne Young-Cooper resigned immediately after the council elections, and Tommy Parker resigned at the start of this month.…
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Mode share isn’t set in stone

Last week the new Auckland Council held their first meeting and after some school-grade antics over the seating arrangements, the new (and returning) councillors gave their maiden speeches. There were some great speeches, and you can watch them all in the video below, but the focus of this post is on a small segment by new Howick Councillor and former National MP, Maurice Williamson.…
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AT to remove cancelled buses from timetables

Auckland is currently short about 500 bus drivers and the shortage is resulting in thousands of services a day being cancelled. It a major factor towards making public transport in Auckland beyond a joke right now. In response, yesterday Auckland Transport announced that they will be temporarily removing regularly cancelled buses from timetables.…
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A new National Ticketing System

On Friday the government, alongside representatives from Waka Kotahi and public transport authorities from our three biggest cities, announced a new single nationwide ticketing system to replace all existing public transport payment systems such as HOP, Snapper and Bee. Whether it’s on the bus, train or ferry, New Zealanders will soon be able to use a single payment system across Aotearoa, with today’s signing of the National Ticketing Solution contract with supplier Cubic, Transport Minister Michael Wood has announced.…
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Public transport in Auckland is beyond a joke right now

This website has spent well over a decade advocating for better public transport and encouraging Aucklanders to use public transport more, often reminding people that while the system needs to continue to get better over time, it has come a long way since the dark days of the 1990s and early 2000s – and that our buses, trains and ferries are probably better than you remember them being if you haven’t ridden for a while.…
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A map of Auckland’s Frequent Transit Network in 2025

This is a repost that was first published by Nicolas Reid on his Linked In page. Ten years ago while working on Auckland Transport’s New Network I sketched out a public transport network map for Auckland. This was intended as a tool to help communicate the differences and benefits of the new integrated bus network that we had just designed around a new connective service model.…
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We need a smarter response from the Auckland Business Chamber

There’s an often misattributed quote: “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” It captures how I felt reading an op-ed yesterday by Simon Bridges, former Transport Minister and now head of the business lobby group the Auckland Business Chamber, whose website says: Successful business ensures there are vibrant and successful communities, and the Chamber contributes to this through their support and advocacy that delivers the best platform from which business can operate.…
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The Sustainable Public Transport Framework

On Monday, the government announced they will be changing how public transport is delivered, with the launch of the Sustainable Public Transport Framework (SPTF). This follows a review of the Public Transport Model (PTOM) and will replace the PTOM. PTOM certainly wasn’t perfect, but it was a far sight better than what we had before.…
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