COVID-19 AND AN RTN(-LITE)

This is a guest post from reader Roger Wilson. I want a proper strategic level PT network for Auckland. As a regular region-wide PT user, the lack of a strategic network is the biggest single impediment to getting about efficiently. We already, sort of, have one, but there’s precious little “net” in our network.…
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Weekly Roundup – 03-July-2020

Here’s our weekly roundup of some of the things that caught my attention this week. Why does Auckland Transport hate pedestrians so much? During lockdown one of the changes Auckland Transport belatedly made was to set the pedestrian crossings on many intersections to automatic, avoiding the need to push the beg buttons.…
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Alternative ways of achieving airport goals

Last week we learnt that the light rail process had ended after the government parties couldn’t come to an agreement on the outcome. One reason for that that appears to have been a desire from the minister for the project to become a much more expensive, fully grade separated Light Metro system with a key requirement that it could get from the city to the airport in 30 minutes.…
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Weekly Roundup – 26-June-2020

It’s Friday again so here’s our weekly roundup. Aotea Station Construction Begins The City Rail Link reached another milestone this week with the two Phil’s (Twyford and Gofff) officially kicking off the work to build the walls of the station. Up until now the work in and around the station location has been about moving services but is now starting to move to the actual station itself.…
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Light Rail dies but Light Metro may return

When the government came to power in 2017, light rail was effectively ‘shovel-ready’. Building the project was the first election policy of then newly minted leader Jacinda Ardern. The government swiftly took the project off Auckland Transport and the biggest issue at the time seemed to be the complete radio silence from Auckland Transport and then Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency about the project which had allowed misinformation about it to sprout like mushrooms after rain.…
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Weekly Roundup – 05-June-2020

It’s a short week but still lots to talk about. Here’s our roundup. Transmission Gully omnishambles Transmission Gully continues to be in the news and not in a good way. A few days ago Newsroom reported that it now might not be completed till 2022 and that as well as the issues we’ve already heard about before, such as workers no longer being in the country, there are a bunch of new issues too.…
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