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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Public feedback on the Regional Fuel Tax

Tomorrow the Council will make their final decision on whether to proceed with the Regional Fuel Tax – which is fundamental to delivering the ATAP transport programme by helping to fund the following projects: As part of the legislative requirements for introducing the fuel tax, the Council undertook consultation earlier this month on the proposal.…
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May-18 AT Board Meeting

Today is the latest Auckland Transport board meeting and as I do, I’ve been through the board papers to find the interesting bits. Closed Session There’s quite a bit in the closed session this meeting. Some of the items for decision/approval include: Matakana Link Road – Presumably this is AT staff asking the board to approve a 50km/h urban road that’s more expensive per km than most motorway projects.…
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Crazy motorway plan shows how far we’ve come

Every now and then something so ridiculous comes along it’s hard to ignore. That came over the weekend courtesy of the ACT party’s candidate for the Northcote by-election, Stephen Berry. It start initially as a comment about what he’d rather see for transport in Auckland I’d rather see the motorway network, including a harbour crossing at Northcote to Pt Chev and Devonport to Orakei.…
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Light Rail procurement starts

The government isn’t mucking around when it comes to light rail in Auckland. Less than two weeks after confirming it as a priority in the Auckland Transport Alignment Project (ATAP), yesterday they announced they’re launching the procurement process and that they’ve already received an unsolicited proposal for it.…
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