PT Ridership around New Zealand

Auckland had a pretty good year for public transport ridership in the last financial year (to the end of June). Overall, compared to the 2016 ridership increased by 5.5 million (7%) to 88.44 million trips, the highest point since 1955. The biggest mover, and accounting for 51% of that improvement came from huge growth on the rail network, which increased by 2.8 million (17%) to 19.6 million.…
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The public want PT

This election, more than any other that I’m aware of, has seen transport policy take a major role in the discussion. Since Jacinda Adern took over as Labour leader and announced our Congestion Free Network as a key element of the party’s transport policy, there have been numerous policy announcements from all main parties and significant media coverage of them and transport issues in general.…
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July-2017 Ridership

Auckland Transport have now (finally) published the ridership numbers for July, the start of a new financial year. Of course we already know that in August, rail usage hit 20 million trips but it’s good to be able to see the other results as well as some of the ancillary information around ridership.…
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Rail reaches 20 million trips

Auckland has reached another significant milestone in its public transport renaissance and in doing so has smashed the government’s old CRL targets. We’ve now reached 20 million trips on the rail network within a year, almost double what it was just four years ago.…
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2017 Rail Station Boardings

For the last few years now and since electrification of the network, ridership on Auckland’s rail network has surged, jumping from 10 million trips in the year to June-2013 to 19.6 million trips in June this year (and bound to hit 20 million any day now).…
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Dual Modes and Axle Loads

Last year KiwiRail made the decision to replace the 16 current 30-year-old EF class electric freight trains currently in use on the North Island Main Trunk with the procurement of more DL Class Diesel Trains. These EF Class trains use the 25kvAC electrification between Te Rapa and Palmerston North that was built during the Think Big years. …
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What is the cost of congestion?

Putting a number of the cost of congestion in Auckland has become something of a perennial sport, with the mayor and business/infrastructure lobbies recently raising inflating it to as high as $3 billion. Those lobby groups wanted to back up their congestion cost claims and yesterday released a report by NZIER that throws a whole set of new numbers into the mix.…
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