Northwest Light Rail Thoughts

In the Congestion Free Network 2, we floated the idea of Northwestern Light Rail along State Highway 16, rather than a Busway. We did this for a few reasons:Aspirational: We suspected that like the Northern Busway the Northwest Busway would also be a victim of its own success.…
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Taking the CFN2 to the council

Yesterday I presented our Congestion Free Network 2 to the council’s planning committee. You can see a copy of my presentation here (2.7MB).Given there is only meant to be around five minutes allocated for speaking, I had to make the presentation fairly short so didn’t go into the issues in the depth we would in a blog post or if time wasn’t so critical.…
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CFN2: Making the most of the rail network

Some people have been a bit surprised that our Congestion Free Network does not expand our existing heavy rail network to a greater extent, particularly given the significant investment currently under way in the City Rail Link. I covered off that issue to some extent a few weeks ago by highlighting that CRL does not have unlimited capacity – one of the reasons we propose complementing the heavy rail network with a new, light-rail, network.…
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Light-rail is light in name only

Ever since it was announced light-rail was being considered to rail to the airport there has been a ton of debate about the merits of it compared to extending our existing rail system. This has only increased in the last week since we launched the Congestion Free Network 2 (CFN).…
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CFN 2 – The Northwest

Yesterday we launched CFN2, the second version of our Congestion Free Network. It has been great to see your response to it, and already we’re getting serious support by key decision-makers. Our detailed report runs through how CFN2 works across different sub-regions of Auckland, and over the next days and weeks we’ll put some focus on our key initiatives, and the reasons behind some key choices that we have made.…
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Does Auckland have an effective transport programme?

Yesterday the Council made a fairly momentous decision to adopt the ‘Interim Transport Programme‘ that enables significant extra investment in public transport, cycling and safety over the next three years. While this decision means a good transport programme can be pursued in the short-term, it doesn’t yet solve the longer term transport funding issue that Auckland faces.…
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