Missed news wrapup

Every week we receive numerous press releases related to transport and we only tend to comment on a few of them. Here are a couple that piqued our interest but not quite enough for a full post of their own. Recently Auckland Transport announced they had put the first tender out for the rest of the CRL project (after the early works currently underway).…
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Bus strike thoughts

Our transport agencies and media spent much of the last week working themselves up about the strike by bus drivers affecting around 70% of Auckland’s buses. Traffic would be terrible they said, it’s going to be carmageddon. Then Friday turned up, the bus drivers went on strike and for many the opposite happened.…
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Bus Strike Maps

With bus drivers set to strike tomorrow and throwing travel for thousands into potential chaos it’s worth remembering that not all buses are affected. After my post was published yesterday AT published a list of all routes affected. You can see them here: NZ Bus routes School Buses Howick & Eastern where some but not all services are affected.…
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Bus Drivers to Strike on Friday

After weeks of increasing unrest, a large number of Auckland’s buses will be off the road on Friday as large numbers of drivers from both NZ Bus and Howick & Eastern strike for the day. Many Auckland bus services won’t run on Friday because of industrial action so people should plan ahead.…
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Heavily tinted windows on buses …

… are a pet hate of mine. Why? Well, it’s rather straight-forward really: Heavily tinted windows make the outside world appear dark all the time. I find this to be rather gloomy, especially at night. Indeed, the Airbus Express from the Airport to the City provides a very convenient ghost tour every time I return to Auckland from my new abode in Brisbane (image source).…
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Poetiquette

If you catch a bus tomorrow morning you may get a poetry performance for your trip as part of an NZ Bus campaign to improve bus etiquette. National Poetry Day is being celebrated this year with poets in residence onboard some of Auckland and Wellington’s main bus routes this Friday.…
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NZBus Comparison

A nice little video NZBus put together for a recent transport conference of CEO Zane Fulljames comparing getting between their Onehunga depot and the Wynyard Quarter  by car and by alternative modes.I imagine Zane could have saved even more time if he took his bike on the train and rode from Britomart.…
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