CFN2: Making the most of the rail network

Some people have been a bit surprised that our Congestion Free Network does not expand our existing heavy rail network to a greater extent, particularly given the significant investment currently under way in the City Rail Link. I covered off that issue to some extent a few weeks ago by highlighting that CRL does not have unlimited capacity – one of the reasons we propose complementing the heavy rail network with a new, light-rail, network.…
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March Madness 2017 Ridership

The public transport results for March are always the most anticipated of the year because we’re eager to see just how much March Madness lived up to its reputation. In past years we’ve anticipated big numbers because we’d seen the regular complaints about extremely busy services.…
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Light-rail is light in name only

Ever since it was announced light-rail was being considered to rail to the airport there has been a ton of debate about the merits of it compared to extending our existing rail system. This has only increased in the last week since we launched the Congestion Free Network 2 (CFN).…
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CRL Capacity and the CFN

The City Rail Link is a crucial piece of infrastructure for Auckland but it’s not a magic bullet and doesn’t have unlimited capacity. We’ve been seeing a lot of comments recently, both on the blog and elsewhere, questioning why the City Rail Link (CRL) isn’t being used more, why we’ve suggested a second, complementary network of light rail for some routes. …
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Is ATAP still the Government’s plan?

With our release of the Congestion Free Network 2 it’s interesting to think about what the government’s position on it is. Especially so given we think the government, through the NZTA, should be tasked with delivering it, just like they deliver most of the strategic road network (mainly the motorways).…
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CFN 2 – The Northwest

Yesterday we launched CFN2, the second version of our Congestion Free Network. It has been great to see your response to it, and already we’re getting serious support by key decision-makers. Our detailed report runs through how CFN2 works across different sub-regions of Auckland, and over the next days and weeks we’ll put some focus on our key initiatives, and the reasons behind some key choices that we have made.…
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Customer service and fare evasion in ATs sights

Auckland Transport made a number of announcements yesterday in relation to trains, some of which will be familiar to readers who follow our posts monitoring the AT board reports. Ridership almost 19 million readers per year Later this week, ridership on the rail network over a 12m period is expected to reach 19 million trips.…
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