How to avoid subsidising sprawl

We are generally supportive of the new government’s direction when it comes to transport, how could we not when many of their key initiatives originally came from us? Furthermore, we’re also supportive of many of their housing initiatives, especially the need to accelerate the delivery of affordable housing in Auckland and looking to build around rapid transit.…
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Draft Auckland Plan – needs a lot of work

Yesterday the Council’s Planning Committee approved a draft version of the Auckland Plan. This will be consulted on next year – at the same time as the Long Term Plan, the Council’s 10 year budget. A little press release after the meeting confirmed the important step: Councillor Chris Darby, Planning Committee chair, says the Auckland Plan is an enormous task that sets out a grand vision for the next 30 years that is dynamic, exciting and almost changing by the day.…
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Video – the high cost of free parking

We have talked about the stupidity of parking requirements for as long as this blog has existed. Here’s a recent good video from Vox that runs through the key points through an interview with parking guru Donald Shoup. We should soon be hearing about where the Environment Court landed in relation to an appeal by retailers against Council to reject applying minimums for retail activities.…
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Options for Regional and Metro heavy rail services in Auckland

Greetings from France! Before getting into the detail, I thought I’d lull you into a sense of calm by sharing a photo from one of the little villages (Saint Beat) we recently visited. P.s. The Pyrenees are stunning. I started writing this post while sitting on the TGV from Toulouse to Paris, which takes circa 4.5 hours via a new section of track between Bordeaux and Paris that opened approximately 2 months ago.…
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The great Auckland turnaround story

Public transport patronage is falling in North America, and it’s worrying people. As a February 2017 CityLab article shows, almost every city in the United States is experiencing falling public transport patronage. While transport experts aren’t sure exactly why it’s happening, everyone is concerned: New York City’s subway system has posted its first dip in ridership since 2009, according to data from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.…
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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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