Fare Reduction Options

Public transport fares have been a hot topic this year following Auckland Transports announcement in January that they were putting them up again to cover increasing costs, in part because more people are using PT. Increasing fares at the same time as we want a lot more people to use public transport isn’t a great strategy and in March, our friends at Generation Zero called for AT to freeze fares and for the NZTA to review their farebox policy.…
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Aucklanders are driving less

New data from the NZTA shows that Aucklanders are driving less and that’s before we see the impacts the regional fuel tax has had. Every year the NZTA publish information on how many kilometres vehicles travel (VKT) and break that down by a number of ways including where that travel happened, such as which region and whether on local roads or state highways.…
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May-19 AT Board meeting

Thursday is the next Auckland Transport board meeting and here are some of the highlights from the papers going to the board. Closed Agenda There is surprisingly little on the closed agenda for this meeting with the only things of real interest being: Enterprise Asset Management Business Case Third Party Major Project Support and Mobilisation Active Modes update I wonder if the active modes update will just say “we haven’t done anything on active for years” given ATs abysmal record on this of late.…
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Canberra’s new Light Rail

Canberra is not a city we would normally look to for transport but that’s changing following the opening of their first modern light rail line just over two weeks ago. It’s an interesting and useful example because Canberra is not large city (only around 400k people), nor one known for its density or public transport (as of the begining of the year Canberra’s network was carrying fewer than 20m trips).…
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Drive Less, Walk/Cycle more

A new report from the University of Otago is calling for New Zealand to almost half the percentage of trips taken by car between now and 2050 in order to improve our health and the environment. Titled Turning the Tide – from Cars to Active Transport, the report calls for the share of trips taken by car to drop from 83% to 45% with the difference made up by significant increases to walking, cycling and public transport.…
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Great North Boulevard

With Aucklanders suffering a housing crisis and poor transport choice, new housing in convenient, well-connected parts of Auckland can’t come soon enough. While the unitary plan allows for new housing along transport corridors, there are still a number of barriers slowing the regeneration of these areas.…
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