If AT were really trying to change things

Over the last few years, Auckland Transport have increasingly become the go to political pinata by those looking to score some quick headlines – if you don’t like something about Auckland, blame AT. They’re accused of all sorts of things, from not listening to the public all the way to being ideological bullies waging a war on cars to force people out on to bikes and public transport.…
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Making our cars cleaner

Last month the Government proposed a series of initiatives to help reduce transport emissions by improving the quality of our vehicle fleet. A lot of focus went on what’s called the “Clean Car Discount” where purchasing new dirtier vehicles will become more expensive and new cleaner vehicles cheaper.…
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Flashback Saturday: ATAP interim report

Every weekend we dig into the archives. This post by Matt was originally published in June 2016. Yesterday, the second Auckland Transport Alignment Project (ATAP) report was released, with the third and final report due in August. ATAP is the council and government working together to come up with an agreed transport plan for Auckland, one that ultimately performs better than what is currently planned.…
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Regional Access

This is a post by Paul Callister and Heidi O’Callahan Imagine a New Zealand where you can… knock off work and escape the city for a long weekend, without having to drive on dangerous roads, bleary-eyed from a week at work… grow old in your hometown, knowing that even if you become too disabled to drive, heading to the nearest large centre for a doctor’s visit isn’t a transport hassle… take the overnight train to Wellington for business, so you can stick to your no-flying commitments without it eating into your working week… travel to regional tournaments safely by public transport (while teammates are still gaining experience as drivers)… visit grandchildren in other regions travelling on high quality buses equipped with onboard toilets and fast wifi, enjoying vegan and gluten free options at refreshment stops… have seamless door to door travel between cities and small towns using a mix of trains, buses and electric vehicles, with the help of accessible technology… This is the New Zealand we’ll enjoy if vague calls to “Take Action on the Climate” are heeded.…
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Flashback Saturday: Are our business cases founded on a lie?

Every weekend we dig into the archives. This post by Harriet was originally published in May 2018. Last year Matt wrote a post about NZTA’s Post-implementation reviews. These reviews are undertaken a few years after a project is completed and perform three functions: To see how the outcomes compare what was expected before the project was built To explain any variation in those measures To identify lessons that can be learned to improve other projects.…
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Road to Zero: the new road safety strategy

Last week Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter released for consultation a draft of a new road safety strategy for New Zealand – known as “Road to Zero”. The Minister’s foreword to the strategy outlines the “case for change” in a pretty compelling way: Across New Zealand, more than one person is killed every day and seven others are seriously injured in road crashes.…
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