Auckland PT Performance Comparison 2017

Public transport in Auckland has come a long way over the last 10-15 years on the back of numerous improvements to the network. From the upgrading of the rail network to the building of the northern busway to improved local buses, all have played a part in the immense improvement in the PT network that we’ve witnesses.…
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City Centre Streets for the 21st Century

Santiago de Chile is home to some 6m+ souls, its origins date back to the 16th Century, and it has south American largest, and still expanding, Metro system. But, like almost all cities coming out of the 20th Century, its city centre streets have been allowed to be dominated by vehicles, with all of the disbenefits this brings.…
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The Ideology of Traffic

Sometimes we come across something that is so perfect and so timely that it just needs repeating as it is. This is one of those times. The following post by Charles Marohn is lifted in its entirety from StrongTowns.orgThe Ideology of Traffic by Charles MarohnThe greatest accomplishment of any ideology is to not be considered an ideology; to be a belief system that is not considered a belief system.…
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A Visit to Portland

This is a guest post by our most august regular reader Warren Sanderson. Over many years I have developed a dislike for what the concentration of motorway/roading only expenditure is doing to our cities and particularly Auckland. This heavy concentration on roading expenditure with ever widening multi-lane roads is promoting unsustainable car dominance and frequent severance of neighbourhoods from parts previously closely aligned.…
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Sunday reading 5 June 2016

Welcome back to Sunday reading this long weekend. We start this week with a borrowed slide explaining the way that the quality of your city’s Transit system controls the quality of your driving commute:This explains what’s wrong with current expansion of SH16 and the completion of the Western Ring Route.…
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AWHC: Where Does all the New Traffic Go?

The Additional Harbour Crossing as currently proposed is a pair of tunnels containing six traffic lanes between the motorway at Esmonde Rd rejoining it at Spaghetti Junction [The CMJ] in the city. The publicly available schemes also show additional rail tunnels between Akoranga and Wynyard Quarter, but no connecting network for any trains to actually use.…
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Bicycles in China

Our Chinese correspondent* has sent us some thoughts about the transport environment in Shanghai: The biggest surprise of my trip has been the huge number of electric bikes and electric scooters – many powered by lead acid batteries.  They are almost completely quiet and hum along the pedestrian-cycle paths on the sides of all the roads. …
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