Auckland’s PT fare changes for 2019

On Monday Auckland Transport announced they were raising fares for public transport to help cover some of the increasing costs of running the system. By law Auckland Transport reviews fares each year to ensure they keep pace with operating costs and so that the correct portion of costs is recovered from passenger fares.…
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Flashback Saturday – Is less congestion actually a good thing?

Every weekend we dig into the archives. This post by Matt was originally published in July 2014. It almost goes without saying that congestion is a terrible thing, so bad that it justifies the spending of massive amounts of public money as well as the impact on our cities from widening and building new transport infrastructure to rid ourselves – or at least reduce the level of – this terrible thing that is congestion.…
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2019 – The year ahead

With 2019 now underway, and following my wrap up of 2018 last week, I thought it would be good to look at some of the things we can expect from the year ahead. In no particular order. City Rail Link At the end of April the builder of the tunnels and stations is expected to be announced.…
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A Targeted Rate on Parking

Targeted rates seem all the rage these days with Auckland Council starting with the Interim Transport Levy under the previous administration, what became dubbed as the Bed Tax in the last annual plan, and now the myriad of water quality and environmental ones in the new Long Term Plan.…
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Fuel Prices an opportunity for change

Increasing petrol prices have unsurprisingly remained a hot topic of conversation. Brian Fallow wrote an excellent piece on the subject last week. So why not give drivers a break? Because fuel prices are too low, not too high. This week we also received the latest, sobering report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), spelling out the adverse impacts we can expect from even another half a degree of global warming beyond the 1C we have generated already.…
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Induced Demand 101

CityLab have put together an excellent summary on the concept of induced travel demand, that we have discussed many times over the years. It’s a really good piece because it pulls together a lot of different points on induced demand into one place.…
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