The Low Cost of Ending the High Cost of Free Parking

This is a guest post from reader Stephen Davis and was originally posted here. New Zealanders are probably most familiar with the Resource Management Act (or “RMA” for short) as being about protecting the environment: when it’s discussed by politicians, it’s almost always either being decried as having environmental protections that are too onerous and stand in the way of progress, or alternatively being supported as the main defence of environmental health.…
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Auckland Transport needs to “up its game”

There’s a bit of a recurring theme to a lot of transport commentary in recent times – that Auckland Transport needs to “up its game”. I touched on it recently in regards to communications, but it’s also covered well in this Newsroom article about the standoff between Auckland Transport and Councillors in relation to the most recent Statement of Intent.…
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Simply repeating “getting people out of their cars” is not a communications strategy

Perhaps the most frustrating part of the Herald’s silly Park and Ride campaign last week was the poor quality communications from Auckland Transport. Instead of explaining clearly what their plans are and why they have adopted this approach, all we got was somewhat mindless chanting: AT chairman Lester Levy and chief executive Shane Ellison say the council’s transport body is continuing to invest in park and rides, but their focus is on getting people out of cars and into public transport.…
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Why we can’t have nice things: a look inside the black box of traffic engineering decision making

A new research paper has helped shed some light on why we continually seem to see substandard and delayed street outcomes from Auckland Transport that completely ignore Auckland’s agreed political and policy goals. It reveals a complex and dysfunctional decision making process that might be representative more generally of the institutional inertia that exists at AT.…
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July-18 AT Board Meeting

Today is the latest Auckland Transport board meeting. As usual, I’ve been through the papers. Closed Session Agenda There are quite a few items on the closed session agenda this month and all are up for approval/decision. The most interesting ones are: AT Board Policies Contract Variation Agreement for the Provision of Manned Services Ferry PTOM Procurement Update Future Ferry Strategy Deed of Lease of KR Land at Takanini Park and Ride Lease of Units at Devonport Wharf AMETI EB1 Revised Forecast Procurement of ETCS equipment Review and Approval of AT Board Subcommittee Charters Open Session Board Report There’s quite a few interesting items in this report and I skipped some of it due to how long the post was already getting.…
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