Feb-18 AT Board Meeting

Today is the next Auckland Transport board meeting and the one where they’ll make a decision on whether to accept the appalling budget staff have produced or send them back to the drawing board. But the budget isn’t the only discussion at the meeting.…
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Defining the “average” Aucklander.

In this post, I want to talk (somewhat informally) about how we define the “average Aucklander”, before relating this discussion to the people who contribute material for the Blog. I finish with a plea for help. I’ve been pondering these issues for sometime, due to Peter’s excellent post about submissions on Auckland’s Unitary Plan as well as Emma’s compelling call for greater involvement from women in urbanism.…
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City Motorway Ramps

The other day I wrote about the need to fix the Symonds St on-ramp. In the post I included a graph looking at average daily traffic volumes on it over the last 15 years. While pulling the data together for the graph I thought it would be useful to compare it to other city centre ramps.…
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Fix the Symonds St on-ramp

An article in the Herald over the weekend highlighted what has to be one of the city’s most dangerous intersections, the Symonds St motorway on-ramp. An insurance company is seeking almost $3000 in repair costs from an elderly man who was hit by a car while crossing an Auckland road.…
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Roads of National Party Significance

For a long time there was a joke that the last government’s Roads of National Significance (RoNS) were missing the word ‘Party’ from the name. That amended name seems even more appropriate now following National’s latest move, to start a number of petitions asking the government to build the roads National promised during the election.…
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Water water everywhere

I arrived back in Auckland on Friday, having been out of the country for a few weeks on holiday, and what a day to arrive back in the middle of a storm. A storm that should raise a lot of questions given its impacts, particularly on our transport system.…
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More toll roads raise questions

Yesterday the Herald reported that the NZTA are looking at adding tolls to four roads currently under construction or in planning. The New Zealand Transport Agency is eyeing up tolls on four uncompleted roads which it says could support their successful opening and smooth the way for user-pays road pricing, documents released under the Official Information Act show.…
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Staying awake on safety

The increasing levels of death and destruction on our roads has been a major issue for us this year. One of our complaints with previous government’s singular focus on a handful of large, expensive and gold plated projects was that it sucked funding away from a lot of valuable, low cost safety improvements.…
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