Industrial is important
In more than two years of Development Update posts, I’ve hardly ever mentioned industrial development. It’s hard to show in a map like the RCG Development Tracker, so I don’t cover it there.
But even in a modern economy like Auckland, with a strong services base, industrial properties are important.…
Ever since it was announced light-rail was being considered to rail to the airport there has been a ton of debate about the merits of it compared to extending our existing rail system. This has only increased in the last week since we launched the Congestion Free Network 2 (CFN).…
We’ve talked before about how an emerging trend is for cities to increasingly go car-free, especially in their city centres. One of the most ambitious in this aim is Oslo who plan to go car free by the end of 2019.…
Welcome back to Sunday Reading. I’ll start here with Richard Florida’s take on the “Urban Crisis” where economic growth is concentrated into a handful of global cities that have become so unaffordable and inaccessible they have locked out regular people from the economic opportunities of big cities.…
This is a new feature, covering posts from approximately 5 years ago. Today, we look back on the opening of the Manukau train station. Amazingly this was the first expansion of Auckland’s rail network since 1930 when the Eastern Line opened.…
Preamble: This is the first of three posts I will write on the transport profession. My goals are to 1) encourage people, especially students, to consider a career in transport and 2) foster a better understanding of pertinent transport issues.
Many regular readers of this blog will also be regular users of public transport.…
Thanks to everyone that contributed to our Pledge Me fundraiser. At the end of the drive we raised $25,520 from 337 people. Over the next few days we will begin fulfilling the rewards we promised. We would like to express our appreciation to the following people:
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The City Rail Link is a crucial piece of infrastructure for Auckland but it’s not a magic bullet and doesn’t have unlimited capacity.
We’ve been seeing a lot of comments recently, both on the blog and elsewhere, questioning why the City Rail Link (CRL) isn’t being used more, why we’ve suggested a second, complementary network of light rail for some routes. …
With our release of the Congestion Free Network 2 it’s interesting to think about what the government’s position on it is. Especially so given we think the government, through the NZTA, should be tasked with delivering it, just like they deliver most of the strategic road network (mainly the motorways).…
Imagine how the public would react if they learnt the government, or one of its agencies, wasted billions of dollars of taxpayer money. The public would expect heads to roll. Now imagine what the response would be if it was revealed that the govt/agency had been doing this each and every year.…
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