Light Rail by-election stoush

On the weekend, the Labour Party, as part of the Mt Roskill by-election campaign, announced their intention to fund 50% of the cost of the proposed light rail line from Wynyard to Mt Roskill via Dominion Rd, one of the routes Auckland Transport first suggested in January last year.…
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CRL Funding Agreed?

In what looks like a sign that the ‘alignment’ project between the Auckland Council and the Government on transport may well just be falling in the right direction, the following data line was discovered by Luke in a Treasury funding ‘pipeline’ spreadsheet:The full document is here.…
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Supergold changes good

The government have confirmed the outcome of their review of the Supergold Card and the outcome appears quite good. The changes are below.Lift the moratorium on new services entering the scheme from 1 September 2015, and apply criteria for new services Cap Crown funding for the scheme at $28.129 million per year for the next five years, with annual Consumer Price Index adjustments to account for inflation Replace individual fare reimbursements for councils with bulk funding Cap Crown funding for exempt services at their current levels, adjusted for CPI Allow tendering on the Waiheke Island route where there is competition Require SuperGold Card holders to purchase smartcards, such as the AT HOP card, as smartcard ticketing systems become available.…
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Government Says No to Road Pricing

How Auckland’s transport system develops and how it is paid for is probably something that will be debated until the end of time. That doesn’t mean we should just sit back and endlessly debate it though. Almost everyone agrees that something needs to be done to and it seems many are even prepared to pay extra for it.…
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Building on Government Land

The Government are announcing their budget today and one of the surprises in it slipped out yesterday. The government plan to open up to 430 hectares of of publicly owned land in Auckland to be developed. 3 News can reveal a major part of tomorrow’s Budget will be a plan to develop housing on parcels of Crown land in Auckland.…
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