June-2017 Ridership

Auckland Transport have now published the ridership figures for June. The month is one of the most important in the year as it represents the end of the financial year and so the results are what become the official results for the year.…
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Quay St cycleway turns one

On Saturday, one of Auckland’s most important cycleways turned one.The Quay St cycleway was opened on July 08, 2016 by now former Prime Minister John Key.One of the best things about the Quay St cycleway is that it’s on-street and is a great example of how we can get more efficiency out of our road network.…
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The State of Transport in NZ

Last week the government released a new report packed full of facts and figures about our transport system. I think this is a good idea and is a useful resource, although one criticism is it’s simply too hard to find on the Ministry of Transport’s website.…
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ATs new Statement of Intent

Every year Auckland Transport release a Statement of Intent (SOI), which is a document essentially saying what the organisation will be doing over the next three years and how that aligns with council priorities. This is one of the key tools the council has to control AT.…
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May-2017 Ridership

Auckland Transports public transport ridership numbers for May are out and and they continue to show impressive growth. This was helped in part by there being an extra working day in the month compared to May-16. – and a lot more than there were in April (only 17 working days).…
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Broken Business Cases

A few weeks ago, Steven Joyce spoke regarding traditional cost-benefit basis, here is what he said reported in NZ Herald: Some projects in Auckland, such as the City Rail Link, did not stack up on a traditional cost-benefit basis, he said, although the Government has committed to funding for it.” “I think there is unfinished business now for all of us to think about what are the true wider benefits of some of these projects and trying to get a bit more discipline to them in the years ahead,” he told the finance and expenditure committee at Parliament in response to questions from Greens co-leader James Shaw.” “From my perspective, I think it is important that we go through the benefit-cost ratio discussion.” “However I would signal that some of the projects that we collectively have all committed to, including the CRL, doesn’t really stack up on a traditional cost-benefit basis.”Joyce is off the mark, however, the issue is not that we need better discipline but if whether the current way we calculate for business cases is even fit for purpose for the 21st century.…
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April-2017 Ridership

Auckland Transport’s board meeting – where we usually get the monthly ridership results from – is not till late June but they’ve published the April results. We’ve become used to seeing impressive ridership growth on Auckland’s PT network as the numbers for each month come in significantly higher than the same month the year before.…
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City Centre Targeted Rate Budget

Recently I have gone through the latest Agenda of the City Centre Advisory Board and found some very interesting items. I will endeavour to post updates from Agenda’s in the future if anything new pops up as I think many of you will be interested, as it contains updates on the upgrades that are funded by the City Centre Targeted Rate, including projects from the City Centre Masterplan.…
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