Weekly Roundup – 19-Mar-21

Here’s our roundup for the week. Constellation Dr Win A few weeks ago we ran a post about how we need to enforce and extend bus and transit lanes. It included an email a reader had sent Auckland Transport CEO Shane Ellison about how bus unreliability on Constellation Dr in the afternoon peak was making it harder for her to justify using public transport.…
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Swanson Rd Safety

Auckland Transport are currently consulting on safety improvements to Swanson Rd through the Ranui town centre – consultation closes on Friday. The changes are needed because the road is currently unsafe Swanson Road is a high-risk road where over 50 crashes have taken place and 3 lives have sadly been lost here between 2013 – 2017.…
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Speeding Buses

The Herald yesterday reported on some shocking figures on bus speeding and red light running. Nearly $700,000 worth of fines have been handed out to speeding bus drivers in the past five years, including one who was clocked going 61km/h over the limit.…
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What’s wrong with ATAP

Politicians love the fanfare of announcing big projects and so were likely somewhat taken aback at the lack of enthusiasm from the announcement on Friday of a record $31.4 billion, decade long package of transport funding for Auckland. The package is the latest iteration of the Auckland Transport Alignment Project (ATAP) and just three years ago we were celebrating the previous version as a huge step forward for transport planning in Auckland.…
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Weekly Roundup – 12-Mar-20

Here’s our roundup for the week. Making Driving Worse The Spinoff’s Hayden Donnell has written a fantastic piece on why we need to make driving in Auckland worse. I’d highly recommend giving it a read if you haven’t already. If we make driving impractical for the people who don’t really need to use a car, those who really do need one might finally have space to get around.…
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The PT Slump

COVID is still impacting our daily lives and one area it’s doing so more than others when it comes to public transport usage. Since the pandemic started, Auckland Transport have been publishing daily public transport usage which has helped give a fascinating insight into the impact it has had on our PT network – I’ve yet to find any other agency internationally going to this level of detail publicly.…
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There’s Gold in Them There Roads

Auckland’s streets are paved with gold. Over the coming decade, several billion dollars will be earmarked for regular road renewals, rolling out 300km or so of fresh surface per year. You can’t begrudge this expenditure – nobody loves a pot hole, and everyone deserves a smoother ride!…
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We need better Trucks

Nationally, heavy vehicles make up just 4% of the total vehicle fleet and 7% of the kilometres travelled. But around 20% of road deaths come from crashes involving trucks – which is not to say they’re responsible for all those crashes but it’s clear we need to improve the safety of trucks.…
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