New Board directors for Auckland Transport

On Friday the council finally announced three new board directors for Auckland Transport in a process that was delayed significantly due to the local body elections last year. Former Finance Minister Sir Michael Cullen, Mary-Jane Daly and Kylie Clegg have been appointed to the board of the Auckland Council-controlled organisation Auckland Transport (AT).…
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March Madness 2017 Ridership

The public transport results for March are always the most anticipated of the year because we’re eager to see just how much March Madness lived up to its reputation. In past years we’ve anticipated big numbers because we’d seen the regular complaints about extremely busy services.…
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What’s happening with the transport funding gap?

When the Auckland Transport Alignment Project (ATAP) was completed in September last year, a lot of the initial focus was on how to best fill the $4 billion funding gap the project identified over the next decade. This “gap” arose from being the difference between the $23.7 billion programme of investments across the whole transport network (new projects, PT service costs, asset maintenance, renewals etc.) that ATAP identified in its “indicative package” and the $19.8 billion that ATAP estimated was likely to be available for transport in current plans.…
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Let’s talk about public transport. Honestly.

Preamble: This is the first of three posts I will write on the transport profession. My goals are to 1) encourage people, especially students, to consider a career in transport and 2) foster a better understanding of pertinent transport issues. Many regular readers of this blog will also be regular users of public transport.…
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The cost of crashes

Imagine how the public would react if they learnt the government, or one of its agencies, wasted billions of dollars of taxpayer money. The public would expect heads to roll. Now imagine what the response would be if it was revealed that the govt/agency had been doing this each and every year.…
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Fundraiser update and new campaign tease

We’re going through an exciting time here on the blog. We’ve got just a few days to go on our fundraising drive. Last week we launched our new website and formally changed our name to Greater Auckland. We also revealed that one of the initiatives we want to kick off with the funding is to pay for regular professional, independent surveys of the Auckland population.…
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Getting event PT right and setting records doing it

Adele’s recent concerts broke records for ticket sales in NZ but they also contributed to some transport records too. Auckland Transport have announced that Thursday last week, the first of her three concerts has set the record for the most trips on public transport recorded for a single day at just under 400,000 trips (261k on buses, 113k on rail and 25k on ferries).…
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March-17 AT Board meeting

Auckland Transport’s board meet again today and I’ve combed the reports to find what I think are the most interesting bits of information. Closed Session The closed session is usually where most of the interesting items reside but this time there doesn’t seem to much too report with most items appearing to be fairly technical issues like procurement strategies and bylaws etc.…
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