The Feedback Loop

It’s a busy time of year for engaged citizens, with consultation after consultation urging us to grab a minute to “have your say” and “make your voice count” before a given deadline. It’s an invitation, not a compulsion, although some of us find it hard to tell the difference. …
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Light Rail Trade-offs

The release of the latest Auckland Transport Alignment Project two weeks ago included this comment about light rail. “This ATAP will see our rapid transit network grow considerably. I’m looking forward to updating Aucklanders on the next steps for light rail next month,” Michael Wood said.…
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Weekly Roundup – 26-Mar-21

Here’s our roundup for the week Road Pricing Parliament’s Transport and Infrastructure Select Committee has launched an inquiry into congestion charging in Auckland following the recent release of the latest work on the topic. The Transport and Infrastructure Committee is calling for public submissions on its inquiry into congestion pricing in Auckland.…
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A Greater Gt North Rd

Great North Rd between Grey Lynn and Karangahape Rd is one of Auckland’s most important urban corridors. It’s a corridor ideally suited to redevelopment with zoning that allows for it, and a lot has already happened, it has good public transport links with almost all buses to the city from the West and Northwest travelling along it, and it has a good grade for cycling.…
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The Housing Donut

Yesterday, the government announced an ambitious new plan, a grabbag of housing policies ranging from okay to highly laudable designed to lower the price of housing. However, this package is a donut: a tasty outer with a great big hole in the center… The Problem For decades, New Zealand has faced two major shifts in the general population: significant growth, and significant aging.…
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Where to next for Skypath?

Yesterday the Herald’s Simon Wilson reported that Skypath was in trouble. The plan to build a cycling and walking path over the Auckland Harbour Bridge, popularly known as Skypath, has run into “significant and complex engineering issues”. The Herald understands the current design will be scrapped.…
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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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