Flashback Saturday – Australasian patronage trends

Every weekend we dig into the archives. This post was originally published in December 2011. This blog post has some excellent comparisons of public transport patronage across New Zealand and Australian cities. While all the cities looked at are of vastly different sizes (and therefore have vastly different patronage numbers), through comparing growth rates and per capita patronage, we can really have quite a good look at how Auckland stacks up against these other places.…
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Weekly Roundup 20-Dec-19

It’s been another hectic week with lots of news so here’s our likely last roundup for the year. Integrated Ferry Fares Auckland Transport announced last Friday that ferry users will get integrated fares by April. I certainly could have done with integrated fares on that same Friday.…
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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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Oct-19 AT Board Meeting

On Tuesday the Auckland Transport board held their latest meeting. I decided to attend this meeting due to the significance of the decision over speed limits but also because it was the last meeting both Chairman Lester Levy and fellow director Mark Gilbert.…
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Lost in Transmission: Junky Economics and Gunky Harbours

The massive Transmission Gully project was in the news twice yesterday. Junky Economics In the first bit of news, the NZTA announced that once complete in 2020, Transmission Gully will not be tolled. “In line with our tolling policy, the Transport Agency assesses all new state highway projects for tolling feasibility,” Transport Agency Director of Regional Relationships Emma Speight says.…
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Eastern Busway construction contract signed

Good news yesterday with Auckland Transport signing a $100 million contract to build the Eastern busway between Panmure and Pakuranga. The busway is long overdue and will be a critical part of finally helping to serve the urban area of Auckland with the lowest levels of public transport use. Transport Minister Phil Twyford and Mayor Phil Goff today joined Auckland Transport officials to sign the contract with New Zealand-owned construction company Fulton Hogan.…
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School Bus brouhaha

The Herald has been making a bit of a brouhaha recently about changes to school buses, with four articles in three days last week on the subject. The articles focus on changes Auckland Transport have been making to school bus services at the same time as rolling out the new bus network.…
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Time to embrace the PT Pass

Auckland has made some big and important strides to improve public transport in recent years, and big changes like electrification, the new bus network, City Rail Link and light rail have or will help to improve PT. While lots of good things are happening, there’s still a lot more to be done.…
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