Auckland’s rail patronage: Past, present, and (uncertain) future.

As we start a new year, I thought it was a good time to review the past, present, and future of rail patronage in Auckland. Before diving into the data, I want to relay two relevant personal anecdotes. First, my interest in Auckland’s rail patronage began in the early 2000s, when — as a mildly bored and nerdy young person growing up in rural south Auckland — I would download and analyse the latest monthly rail patronage statistics.…
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Defining the “average” Aucklander.

In this post, I want to talk (somewhat informally) about how we define the “average Aucklander”, before relating this discussion to the people who contribute material for the Blog. I finish with a plea for help. I’ve been pondering these issues for sometime, due to Peter’s excellent post about submissions on Auckland’s Unitary Plan as well as Emma’s compelling call for greater involvement from women in urbanism.…
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City Motorway Ramps

The other day I wrote about the need to fix the Symonds St on-ramp. In the post I included a graph looking at average daily traffic volumes on it over the last 15 years. While pulling the data together for the graph I thought it would be useful to compare it to other city centre ramps.…
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Dec-17 AT Board Meeting

The last Auckland Transport board meeting of the year is today. It also happens to be outgoing CEO David Warburton’s last one too with his replacement, Shane Ellison, starting on Monday next week. Here’s what I found interesting in the papers.…
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The value of rail to New Zealand

For the last few decades we’ve treated rail in New Zealand quite differently to how we treat roads. Rail has been considered a business that needs to pay its way and make a financial profit. Investment in rail has been about supporting that by ‘turning around’ the business.…
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Port Performance

The issue around ports has been a hot topic of late. Recently I stumbled across some data about our ports which I found interesting so thought I would share. The data contains history of imports and exports from each port (sea and air) by both weight and dollar value.…
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Aug and Sep-17 Ridership

Recently Auckland Transport celebrated hitting the milestone of 90 million trips annually. While we knew that high level number, we hadn’t talked more specifically about ridership in August or September as the numbers hadn’t been published. That and after they were things got a bit hectic around here.…
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