Weekly Roundup 11-Oct-19

Last week’s weekly roundup seemed popular so here it is again. CRL Open Day City Rail Link are giving 10,000 people the chance to walk through the CRL tunnels they’ve built to date. Aucklanders will have the opportunity next month to walk a section of the 3.45-kilometre-long tunnels being built for the City Rail Link project.…
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Planning and transport postcard from Japan

This is a guest post from reader Malcolm M One of the first things noticeable to Western tourists visiting Japanese cities is how little traffic there is. Here is the morning peak on the main street of Ginza, Tokyo. Instead it’s crowded on the subway line beneath the street, and plenty of people walk from the subway station to their destination.…
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The Super Fund Light Rail Scam

The lack of delivery on Light Rail in Auckland has been a source of a lot of frustration. The most recent news was back in August when the government announced it had taken the bizarre step of pitting the NZTA and the NZ Super Fund along with their Canadian partners off against each other.…
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Klimaschutz

This is a guest post by Ella Kay. Last month, the German government announced a €54b (NZ$96 b) klimaschutz (climate protection) package to address climate change. The plan comes in response to growing pressure on the German government to step up to the climate challenge, as Germany comes closer to 2020 with only a third of CO2 emissions reduced (from a 1990 baseline).…
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2019 Auckland Mayoral Election Policy Roundup

The local body elections feel like they’ve been dragging on all year but they finally to an end on Saturday. To me this election feels like there’s been a lot more heat than light and I guess I’m not the only one given that so far, we’re tracking for the lowest number of votes since Auckland was amalgamated in 2010 with as of last Friday just 15.1% of people (162k) having voted.…
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Weekly Roundup 4/10/19

Every week we see a heap of articles about transport. We will cover some of them but a lot we don’t. So I thought it might be a good idea to cover some of these in case you missed them. Let me know what you think as I may make this a regular post.…
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AT slashing bus services

Before getting into this post, I thought I’d highlight a few important factors: Public transport is growing rapidly, having recently passed 100 million trips. There is strong public support for more and better public transport. There is strong political support for more and better public transport – although more on that later.…
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In need of champions

Yesterday it was revealed that the Council’s Design Champion, Ludo Campbell Reid has resigned. Auckland Council’s General Manager of the Auckland Design Office, Ludo Campbell-Reid, has resigned from his role and will depart on Friday, 4 October. Ludo has served Auckland for 13 years – he was appointed Auckland City Council’s first ever Design Champion in 2006 following recommendations of The Mayoral Task Force on Urban Design.…
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