NZ Super Fund to take over CRL

The NZ Herald reports: In a surprise move, Transport Minister Phil Twyford yesterday announced that the New Zealand Superannuation Fund – often referred to as the “Cullen Fund” after former Finance Minister Michael Cullen – would take over the financing and delivery of the City Rail Link project under downtown Auckland.…
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Healthy Streets Alliance calls for submissions on safer speeds proposal

This is a guest post from Healthy Streets Alliance spokesperson Ellie Craft This week we launched the Healthy Streets Alliance. The alliance is made up of citizens’ advocacy groups and non-profit charities, including NZ School Speeds, Brake the road safety charity, Doctors for Active Sustainable Transport, Visual Impairment Charitable Trust Aotearoa (NZ), Greater Auckland, Generation Zero, Urban Auckland, Incorporated Society for Alternative Housing Developments, Bike Auckland, Cycling Action Network, Grey Lynn 2030, Living Streets Aotearoa, Women in Urbanism Aotearoa, Urban Design Forum, Sky Path, the Auckland City Centre Residents Group, and Transition Towns Point Chevalier.…
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It’s time to submit on speed limits

One of the most important tasks Auckland Transport have is to improve road safety. This is even more so because we’re in the middle of a road safety crisis where between 2014 and 2017, the number of deaths on Auckland roads increased by a staggering 78% to 64, a bigger increase than seen elsewhere in the country (which is has also been increasing).…
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Freeze the fares

This is a guest post from Leroy Beckett, Auckland Director for Generation Zero Earlier this year, Auckland Transport announced that they would increase public transport fares to comply with NZTA’s farebox recovery policy, which requires 50% of operational costs to be covered by fares.…
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AT Celebrates New Network

Auckland Transport are (rightfully) celebrating the rise in ridership that has come as a result of the new network. As I highlighted the other day, boardings are now at just under 98 million trips per year, that’s up by over 29 million or 42% in less than six years.…
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Sorting out downtown buses

One of the more interesting things we learnt from this week was that the Britomart East Bus Interchange, unofficially known as the “bus ballsack”, had been cancelled and staff sent back to the drawing board. The plan would have seen a bus interchange and roundabout built on Quay St between Commerce St and Gore St.…
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Addressing Climate Change Through the Transport Budget

ATAP is pretty fresh. But I think even now, what we now know today, compared to a year ago, even just one year ago, on ATAP, is vastly different. If we were doing ATAP today we’d be doing it even with more transit focus and more PT focus and more active focus… I think we need to be more dynamic with our planning documents – Chris Darby, speaking at the Auckland Climate Conference on 18 March 2019 How we plan for our future in the face of climate change was the subject of several climate conferences and symposiums last week.…
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Mar-19 AT Board Meeting

Tomorrow the Auckland Transport board meet again and here are the most interesting bits from their board papers. Closed Session There doesn’t seem lot of interesting items on the closed agenda this meeting with most of the items relating to more clerical issues such as a procurement policy or budget template.The only thing of note is the New Bus Network Design for Waiheke Island.…
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