The Super Fund Light Rail Scam

The lack of delivery on Light Rail in Auckland has been a source of a lot of frustration. The most recent news was back in August when the government announced it had taken the bizarre step of pitting the NZTA and the NZ Super Fund along with their Canadian partners off against each other.…
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Weekly Roundup 4/10/19

Every week we see a heap of articles about transport. We will cover some of them but a lot we don’t. So I thought it might be a good idea to cover some of these in case you missed them. Let me know what you think as I may make this a regular post.…
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The good, the adequate and the downright bad

This is a post by Paul Callister and Heidi O’Callahan. The Hon. Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Development, is supporting airports with the Provincial Growth Fund. Has he analysed which transport mode provides the best regional development outcomes? We’ve laid out some environmental and access reasons for a national network of passenger rail, bus, shuttle and supporting active mode infrastructure.…
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Puhinui & Aotea stations start construction

Better public transport is a step closer after two important milestones towards improving Auckland’s were reached yesterday as two train stations, one new and one upgraded got underway. Puhinui Station Preparation work has been going on for a while now but yesterday morning marked the official start to the $60 million rebuild of the Puhinui station.…
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2019 Rail Station Boardings

Over year to the end of June, the number of boardings on our rail network increased by 5.8% on the year before to a record of 21.4 million. Every year Auckland Transport kindly provide me with the numbers to break that down by station, including how many people went from every station to every other station.…
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Flashback Saturday: The pitfalls of “multi-modal” projects

Every weekend we dig into the archives. This post was first published in October 2012. A previous post by Patrick highlighted his concerns about the phrase “multi-modal”, something that I want to explore further. Patrick’s general argument is that we “talk the good talk” about multi-modalism (is that even a word?) but in reality what we have built over and over again is “mono-modalism”.…
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Sep-19 AT Board Meeting

Yesterday the Auckland Transport board met for their latest meeting. Here are the highlights from the various papers. Closed Agenda There was no closed agenda published this month.¬†This is the first time that’s happened and I hope it’s not the start of trend as while there isn’t much detail released, it does at least help understand the things AT are discussing.…
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