Build Light Rail right – Close the centres to cars

Auckland Transport’s plans to build light rail on the isthmus and to the airport will be one of the most significant and transformational public transport investments in the coming years. There has been plenty of positive talk and images released by AT but the real challenge is going to be in how well they’re able to implement the project.…
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Getting Gates

On Tuesday, Auckland Transport announced that ticket gates have gone live at Manurewa. That makes it the seventh station that have now has gates operating. It follows Britomart, Newmarket, Manukau, New Lynn, Henderson and Ōtāhuhu. Manurewa is also unique because it’s the first station gated that has side platforms without some sort of concourse area.…
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Defining the “average” Aucklander.

In this post, I want to talk (somewhat informally) about how we define the “average Aucklander”, before relating this discussion to the people who contribute material for the Blog. I finish with a plea for help. I’ve been pondering these issues for sometime, due to Peter’s excellent post about submissions on Auckland’s Unitary Plan as well as Emma’s compelling call for greater involvement from women in urbanism.…
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2018 – The year ahead

We made it to 2018. We’re expecting another big year and so with this first post of the year, I’m going to take a look at some of the things we can expect to happen. City Rail Link The city’s biggest transport project will continue to roll on through 2018.…
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No Trains in Auckland Tomorrow

On an average weekday, around 70,000 trips (and growing) are made on Auckland’s rail network. A number that has risen substantially in recent years. If, like me, you rely on a train as part of your commute you need to be aware that trains won’t be running due to workers striking.…
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