Weekly Roundup – 21-Feb-20

Here’s the weekly roundup for this week. Tamaki Dr On Sunday Transport Minister Phil Twyford and Mayor Phil Goff turned the first sod to kick off construction of an upgrade to Tamaki Dr. Construction has started on Tamaki Drive to upgrade walking and cycling facilities, forming a critical link in Auckland city’s network of cycleways.…
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Milan – a Transport Revolution

This is a guest post by reader John Wood. When most Kiwis talk of Italy, Milan does not often figure as part of the conversation. However, it is a very important city and one that Auckland could learn from in terms of transport transformation. From Wikipedia: Milan is the second-most populous city in Italy after Rome: the city proper has a population of 1,395,274 the metropolitan city has a population of 3,257,535 the continuously built-up urban area has a population of about 5,270,000 (over 1,891 square kilometres, or 730 square miles) Milan is the destination of 8 million overseas visitors every year, attracted by its museums and art galleries that include some of the most important collections in the world, including major works by Leonardo da Vinci.…
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Weekly Roundup – 7-Feb-20

It may be a shorter week than normal but there’s been a heap of news. Here’s some of the things you may have missed. PT self-promotion In a bit of self-promotion about the rise in public transport usage, Auckland Transport revealed that NX2 services will be increased and extended to the Hibiscus Coast.…
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THIS IS NOT A DRILL

The climate crisis is real. It’s not a drill. If we do nothing, Barcelona and the planet will become uninhabitable for future generations. Barcelona declared a Climate Emergency on the 15th January 2020 with an action plan and a budget of 563 million euros We are talking about a profound transition in every aspect of the city: its productive system, its people, how we work, how we move around, etc.…
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Flashback Saturday – Shedding light on Auckland’s population density

Every weekend we dig into the archives. This post was first published in November 2011. Last night’s post about Eric Thompson’s silly NZ Herald article highlighted one unresolved matter – the question of “what is Auckland’s population density?” I noted that according to Wikipedia, the urban density of Auckland is around 1250 people per square kilometre whereas Demographia states a density of around 2,200.…
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Weekly Roundup – 31-Jan-20

As we reach the end of the month and with some kids back at school this week, trains, buses and cycleways have been feeling even busier than normal – and that’s only going to increase next week with more schools back and then in a few more weeks the universities starting.…
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City Centre works disruption

An article in the Herald on the weekend had MP Nikki Kaye complaining about the amount of works in the city centre. National’s Nikki Kaye yesterday instigated a crisis briefing with Auckland Transport to explain the planning logic behind the “perfect storm” of road work reducing the city centre to a standstill.…
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Weekly Roundup – 24-Jan-20

Here’s our weekly collection of smaller pieces. Otahuhu station works Over the Christmas/New Year period works were undertaken to enable the third platform at Otahuhu, which is being done as part of the City Rail Link. A timelapse of the works is below. Electric Bus MoU Auckland Transport’s current plans to roll out electric buses with them specifying all new buses be electric by 2025 and all buses electric by 2040 is simply not ambitious enough.…
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