AT Annual Report “talks a good talk” but we need to see results

Tuesday’s Auckland Transport Board Meeting included a statutorily required review of how they performed for the 2017/18 financial year against their Statement of Intent (SOI). The results are outlined in their annual report, which provides a useful opportunity to take a step back from the day to day news and consider what was, for Auckland Transport, quite a year of change.…
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Nov-18 AT Board meeting

Tomorrow the AT board meet again and the Closed Agenda Items for Approval/Decision Northcote Point Ferry Wharf – This will likely decide the fate of the currently closed wharf. It’s noted that John Gillon (Kaipatiki Local Board), Cr Richard Hills and Dan Bidois (MP for Northcote) are attending to speak about this.…
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Auckland Transport’s Restructure

There’s been some worrisome news in recent days after it emerged that Auckland Transport are disbanding their Walking and Cycling team as part of organisation wide restructure. Auckland Transport is axing 84 positions and creating 112 new ones in an attempt to change an internal culture it says is based on “avoidance and oppositional behaviour”.…
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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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