Weekly Roundup – 16-Apr-21

Here’s our weekly roundup Mobile Fine Increase The government are increasing the fine for using a mobile phone while driving. The infringement fee for using a mobile phone while driving will increase from $80 to $150 from 30 April 2021 to encourage safer driving, Transport Minister Michael Wood announced today.…
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The Downtown Carpark – AT Created a Debacle

As Matt blogged recently, Council is considering redeveloping the Downtown Carpark. A delegation from Auckland Transport, Council and Panuku presented on the topic to the Council’s Planning Committee early this month. Auckland Transport were woefully unprepared for the meeting. This transport proposal didn’t align with the City Centre Masterplan, the Auckland Climate Plan nor Auckland Transport’s own modeshift plan, Better Travel Choices.…
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Weekly Roundup – 09-Apr-21

Here’s our wrap-up for the last few weeks Hydrogen Bus Last week Auckland Transport unveiled New Zealand’s first hydrogen bus. The bus was unveiled by the Minister of Transport Michael Wood and Mayor of Auckland Phil Goff at Ports of Auckland – where the bus will be refuelled with green hydrogen.…
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Redeveloping the Downtown Carpark

The Council’s Planning Committee meet tomorrow and perhaps the most interesting item on the agenda a paper about the sale and redevelopment of the Downtown Carpark. Concerningly, it shows Auckland Transport still fundamentally misunderstand their and the city’s transport objectives. The council agreed to put the carpark up for sale last year after COVID wreaked havoc on their budgets.…
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Weekly Roundup – 26-Mar-21

Here’s our roundup for the week Road Pricing Parliament’s Transport and Infrastructure Select Committee has launched an inquiry into congestion charging in Auckland following the recent release of the latest work on the topic. The Transport and Infrastructure Committee is calling for public submissions on its inquiry into congestion pricing in Auckland.…
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A Greater Gt North Rd

Great North Rd between Grey Lynn and Karangahape Rd is one of Auckland’s most important urban corridors. It’s a corridor ideally suited to redevelopment with zoning that allows for it, and a lot has already happened, it has good public transport links with almost all buses to the city from the West and Northwest travelling along it, and it has a good grade for cycling.…
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Weekly Roundup – 19-Mar-21

Here’s our roundup for the week. Constellation Dr Win A few weeks ago we ran a post about how we need to enforce and extend bus and transit lanes. It included an email a reader had sent Auckland Transport CEO Shane Ellison about how bus unreliability on Constellation Dr in the afternoon peak was making it harder for her to justify using public transport.…
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Speeding Buses

The Herald yesterday reported on some shocking figures on bus speeding and red light running. Nearly $700,000 worth of fines have been handed out to speeding bus drivers in the past five years, including one who was clocked going 61km/h over the limit.…
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The PT Slump

COVID is still impacting our daily lives and one area it’s doing so more than others when it comes to public transport usage. Since the pandemic started, Auckland Transport have been publishing daily public transport usage which has helped give a fascinating insight into the impact it has had on our PT network – I’ve yet to find any other agency internationally going to this level of detail publicly.…
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