Transport Priorities for a New Government

A change of government within the next week is a possibility. Transport has already been quite a high-profile part of the election campaign, and a change of government could mean fundamental change for the transport sector in areas well beyond just the headline large flashy projects where much of the attention gets directed.…
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Sep-17 AT Board Meeting

At the time the post is published, the Auckland Transport board will be in the middle of their six-weekly board meeting. Here are some of the highlights from the documents available. Closed Session The closed session is usually where all the juicy decisions are made.…
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HOP terms update

Last week, Auckland Transport sent out an email to HOP users stating that the terms of use for HOP had changed.The link to ATs website show’d the terms of use but no information about what the changes actually were and I wasn’t the only one questioning what they were. …
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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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Legalising perimeter block housing

One of the paradoxes of planning reform that legalises the development of more housing in established urban areas is that it typically makes it easy to build like this:While still making it difficult to build like traditional perimeter block housing like this:Even from the Google Maps view, you can see that there are some important differences between the first built form, which is in Royal Oak, Auckland, and the second, which in Prague.…
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World-class, liveable or nothing at all – the upcoming Council budget

After nearly a year in the job, Mayor Phil Goff has finally got around to formally outlining his vision for Auckland, which unsurprisingly has a lot of similarities to his election campaign. This vision will become a key part of the updated Auckland Plan and sets the direction for the next version of the Long-term Plan (the Council’s 10-year budget).…
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Flashback Saturday: Snapper off the Menu?

This post by Cam Pitches originally appeared in August 2012. With integrated ticketing and integrated fares now completed, it’s interesting to remember how tortuous the process was. Brian Rudman writes in today’s Herald that Auckland Transport board members gather in secret today to finalise a divorce settlement with smart card operator Snapper Services, and hopefully come up with a rescue plan for the stalled $98 million integrated ticketing project.…
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