Flashback Saturday: Why I love intensification in my neighbourhood

Every weekend we dig into the archives. This post was first published in May 2013 as one of John Polkinghorne’s first guest posts. Six years on, John has never quite gotten used to referring to myself in the third person. He’s still living in Auckland’s city centre, albeit with a much worse commute – it’s gone from a 10 minute walk to 15 – now has an actual baby rather than hypothetical kids, and a much larger apartment.…
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PT Reaches 100 Million

Yesterday Auckland reached a milestone that seemed nearly unthinkable just a few decades ago, 100 million trips on public transport within a 12-month period. It’s an achievement that ended up happening much sooner in the year than I had initially expected (I guessed September).…
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Staging the Northwestern

As described here, Auckland is in the middle of a multi-decade process of retro-fitting a Strategic Rapid Transit Network (RTN) to the city. The process used to date for this is best described as incremental. All of our current RTN began very much below the ideal standard but have been more-or less constantly improved since.…
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Completing the RTN

As I state in this recent article at The Spinoff  I see Auckland as around half way through a roughly 30 year long programme to retro-fit a complete Rapid Transit Network to itself. Cities are of course never finished, and nor are their transport systems, but at the end of this period Auckland will have something new and powerful in its very structure: A complete city-wide top tier integrated Strategic Transit Network fed and supported by the Frequent Network below it: A complementary mirror to the city’s motorway and arterial road networks.…
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The Harbour Bridge turns 60

The work ‘Transformational’ is thrown around a lot these days when it comes to transport projects, but few have had as profound of an impact on our city as the Harbour Bridge, which celebrated its 60th birthday yesterday. The bridge was famously built as a scaled back version of what was originally intended in order to save money.…
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Quiet Revolution

This post originally appeared on TheSpinoff, reproduced here with permission. There’s a quiet revolution underway in Auckland. Slowly but relentlessly transforming the city. It began early in the century, a big change of direction taken in small steps, and has been continued by every council and government since.…
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Airport Access Numbers

Improving access to the airport has been the subject of countless debates over the last few years and most recently with confirmation that the Puhinui station will be upgraded to a bus/train interchange. Sometimes those debates have resulted in claims such as that the proposed solutions of both a light rail line to the north and busway to the east won’t have enough capacity.…
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