Vision Zero Spin from Auckland Transport

This is a guest post from reader Heidi O’Callahan Since the Road Safety Review was released earlier this year, Auckland Transport have been clear that their new approach will use the Swedish safety system called Vision Zero. For example: We want to move towards a more “forgiving” road network, where a mistake made by a driver or road user does not lead to devastating consequences.…
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Copenhagen: Confirmation of the future sensual city

In August this year Greater Auckland reproduced a chapter I wrote for a book speculating on our future world, The Big Questions, in three posts; here, here, and here. Included was the section below describing the city centre. In bold is a short description of what I imagine the sensual experience of these future streets will be like: The whole Queen Street valley will be car-free, plied only by emergency and delivery and service vehicles, the latter at set times.…
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A Targeted Rate on Parking

Targeted rates seem all the rage these days with Auckland Council starting with the Interim Transport Levy under the previous administration, what became dubbed as the Bed Tax in the last annual plan, and now the myriad of water quality and environmental ones in the new Long Term Plan.…
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End of the Line for the Wynyard Tram

Tomorrow the Council’s Governing Body will – presumably – confirm the end of the Wynyard Quarter tramline. A combination of factors, including some changes to the location of key development sites, means that it will cost up to $6.6 million to reinstate the service, which ceased operation back in August.…
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Improving airport access

Improving access to the wider airport area has quickly become one of the most important pieces of work in Auckland for the coming decade. But there is not just one project to improve access but a number of overlapping and interlocking projects that have been pulled into what is called the Southwest Gateway Programme Yesterday Auckland Transport and the NZTA launched the first, of what is bound to be many rounds, of public feedback about some of the elements that make up the Programme and there are three separate and overlapping projects within it.…
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AT’s plan to turn PT up a notch

Auckland’s public transport network has undergone significant change in the last decade. The upgrade and then electrification of the rail network, the Northern Busway, HOP and integrated fares, and most recently the roll out of a complete overhaul of the bus network along with a couple of significant bus/train interchange stations.…
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