Rethinking AMETI/Eastern Busway

With the election of a new Government, we can have a little rethink of several proposed projects. One of these projects is AMETI, also now known as the Eastern Busway. This is a project that has been underway since before Auckland Transport existed and all political parties have supported yet seems to make little progress.…
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What kind of light rail should we get?

Ever since Auckland Transport first started talking about light rail, initially just on the isthmus, it’s been shown as modern, low-floor vehicles, like you might find gliding through a European city. An attractive and exciting proposition for sure, one made even better with the new government have committed to it.…
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Northwest Light Rail Thoughts

In the Congestion Free Network 2, we floated the idea of Northwestern Light Rail along State Highway 16, rather than a Busway. We did this for a few reasons:Aspirational: We suspected that like the Northern Busway the Northwest Busway would also be a victim of its own success.…
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A Light Rail Pipeline

Last week, as the new government were being sworn in, Infrastructure New Zealand (INZ), the lobby group representing infrastructure builders and financiers, were holding a conference about …. infrastructure. Unsurprisingly, INZ and many of their members have been some of the strongest supporters of the previous government’s massive road building programme and from reports were quite glum last week.…
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Twyford’s opportunity to enhance the CRL

Yesterday Phil Twyford was confirmed as the new Transport Minister with Julie Anne Genter as an Associate – a powerful team to change transport in NZ. Twyford also picked up the role of Housing and Urban Development. Given housing and transport are two sides of the same coin, it’s great that we might finally be able to see some co-ordination and integration between these two critical portfolios.…
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Government agreements contain good wins for transport

With a new government we expected to see significant change to transport in New Zealand. Yesterday we got the first glimpse of that with the signing and release of Labour’s agreements with New Zealand First and the Greens. Of the two agreements, the policies outlined in the Greens confidence and supply agreement are most relevant to the issues we talk about the most so I’ll start with that Greens Under the section of “Sustainable Economy”, one of the listed goals is focused on transport.…
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