Brisbane Rail Observations

Last week I spent a few days over in Brisbane. I thought I’d put together a few observations about the rail network from while I was there. It’s not how heavy your rail is, it’s how you use it Brisbane airport shares a lot of similarities with Auckland in that it sees a similar number of people annually (23 million vs 21 million) and has strong growth forecasts.…
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Weekly Roundup 01-Nov-19

It may have been a short week but there’s still be plenty of transport news. So here’s a bit of a round up of the other stories that have cropped up this week. First new electric train arrives The first of our 15 new electric trains arrived last week AM810 arrived from Spain on via roll-on/roll-off vessel, Hoegh Transporter.…
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Elevated Lines

This is a guest post by Ella Kay. I’m currently staying adjacent to one of Berlin’s U-Bahn lines. I wouldn’t usually notice how proximate I was to a train line (apart from being near enough to a station), but couldn’t avoid noticing it here as the rail line is just below eye level of my fourth floor window.…
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Flashback Saturday: Airport Rapid Transit isn’t really about the Airport

Every weekend we dig into the archives. This post by Matt was originally published in October 2017. The idea of providing Airport rail through a short spur from Puhinui is one of those ideas that continues to pop up. It emerged again in an opinion piece the NZ Herald ran just over a week ago (which was oddly a repeat of a piece they ran exactly a month earlier).…
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Weekly Roundup 25-Oct-19

It’s certainly been a busy week with all of the light rail news and discussion. So here’s a bit of a round up of the other stories that have cropped up this week. City Rail Link Demolition The area around the Mt Eden station is going to start looking very different as demolition has started in advance of the main construction works.…
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Fixing the light rail mess

Over the last few days the twists and turns on the light rail saga have felt more like those of a roller coaster than a mass transit system. It all started with an article in the Sunday Star times with leaked documents showing the entire process to deliver light rail was derailed by a six-slide proposal from the NZ Superfund and their Canadian partners.…
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