Weekly Roundup – 24-Jan-20

Here’s our weekly collection of smaller pieces. Otahuhu station works Over the Christmas/New Year period works were undertaken to enable the third platform at Otahuhu, which is being done as part of the City Rail Link. A timelapse of the works is below. Electric Bus MoU Auckland Transport’s current plans to roll out electric buses with them specifying all new buses be electric by 2025 and all buses electric by 2040 is simply not ambitious enough.…
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Auckland’s PT fare changes for 2020

As expected, Auckland Transport have announced public transport fares are set to rise. Auckland Transport (AT) has completed its annual review of public transport fares which takes effect from 9 February 2020. The outcome builds upon the direction given by Auckland Council’s Governing Body in May 2019, which approved: free weekend public transport for five to 15 year olds (proposed by Mayor Phil Goff in his 2019/2020 budget) the integration of fares for ferry trips into the bus and train network making it cheaper for ferry customers to use multi-mode journeys a small general fare increase to contribute to additional costs resulting from both enhanced services as a result of increased patronage and inflationary cost pressures. As a result of the latest review, free public transport for 5 to 15-year-olds over weekends will continue and there will be no changes for those travelling longer distances (5, 6, 7 and 8 zone trips).…
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Nov-19 Ridership

Auckland Transports public transport and cycling stats show that while November had one less weekday than it did in 2018, we saw still managed some decent growth in usage. Public Transport We should see a more detailed breakdown of the November numbers at the next AT board meeting in February but the high-level numbers are positive.…
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Weekly Roundup 10-Jan-20

It’s the first weekly roundup of 2020, our weekly collection of smaller pieces. Tamaki Regeneration I came across this excellent video released a few months ago from Tamaki Regeneration about their plans. It’s great they explicitly talk about changing streets to make them safer One of the most interesting parts is this concept for a significantly upgraded Glen Innes Station.…
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Flashback Saturday: Re-analysing the City Rail Link’s benefits

Every weekend we dig into the archives. This post was first published in November 2011. It has been frustrating to see the assessment of the City Rail Link’s benefits become so politicised over the past few months. You would think that something like undertaking a cost-benefit analysis of a transport project would be a fairly objective task, but as we have learned there are so many assumptions made when assessing transport projects – that the objectivity of the process has really become something of a myth.…
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2020 – The year ahead

Welcome to 2020. Following my wrap up of 2019 last week I thought it would be good to look at some of the things we can expect to see in 2020. I think 2020 is very much going to be year where there’s lots of things going on but not necessarily a lot completed as projects race against the approaching timelines of 2021 when Auckland hosts the America’s Cup and APEC.…
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2019 – A Year in Review

With 2019 drawing to a close I thought I’d pull together a quick post wrapping up the most important things that happened during the year. Thank you to everyone who has visited the blog and supported us in making Auckland greater City Rail Link The country’s biggest transport project got a billion dollars bigger this year as a result future-proofing for 9-car trains ($250m), increased contingency costs ($310m), increased construction costs ($327m) and other increases, such as property purchases ($152m).…
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Sydney’s new light rail

Sydney’s much hyped new light rail line between Circular Quay and Randwick opened on Saturday but the event went far from smoothly with one of the vehicles breaking down and causing delays. Teething problems are nothing new with big transport projects but what has concerned many much more is that the services are incredibly slow, taking over 50 minutes to cover the approximately 8.5km…
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