Park and Ride not really a no-brainer

Building more Park & Ride is often cited as a “no-brainer” way to get more people using public transport – especially by politicians. This election we’ve got a number of political hopefuls promising to build a lot more of them as a way to get many more people using PT, a stance also echoed by the likes of the AA. In a way it’s positive as it at least shows they recognise that PT, and particularly busway, train and ferry services are useful, popular and there is a demand for them. But is it really a no-brainer or are those promoting the idea perhaps guilty of not engaging their own brain first before making these …
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Parking Shuttle flop

Back in March, Auckland Transport announced a special shuttle to link a Park n Ride at Lloyd Elsmore Park to the Half Moon Bay Ferry Terminal. At the time it was announced I thought it was a silly idea but said that at least AT were trying things. A  LGOIMA request from reader Felix Lee has discovered just how silly the idea is. He asked: For the 5 trips being operated each day, can you tell me the average passenger number for each trip? Can you tell me the cost to operate this service? The response from AT is below. It covers the period from 21 March when the service …
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Park and Ride Shuttle

Auckland Transport started a unique park & ride and shuttle today in East Auckland. It’s something we first learned about in the board report last month. Auckland Transport will use the parking in Lloyd Elsmore Park for commuter parking with a shuttle to the Half Moon Bay ferry terminal for users to connect to ferries. In a first for Auckland, a local park is being used as a park and ride to service public transport in the eastern suburbs. The free park and ride at Lloyd Elsmore Park in Pakuranga will have a shuttle bus running to and from Half Moon Bay Marina on weekdays. The six month trial begins on Monday (21 …
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Swanson Developments

I rode out to Swanson on the weekend to have a look at the two developments that have been happening out there. The first was to see what $2.5 million of Auckland Transport and NZTA money buys us. The answer, a new park n ride facility with 136 carparks. This is in addtion to the small existing carpark. The new addition works out at over $18,000 per carpark highlighting just how expensive it is to add capacity by way of park n ride. If every space is used every working day in a year it would add about 34k trips per year. Carparks are fairly boring but the images below highlight the location …
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Auckland’s new Parking Stategy

Last week Auckland Transport finalised their region wide parking strategy which they first consulted on a year ago. All up AT received more than 5,500 submissions. The strategy is potentially one of the most important that AT have as parking has huge impacts across a wide range of areas so managing it right is critically important. It has the ability to impact on how people live, congestion, what mode they use, the provision of bus and cycle infrastructure and even local economies. One of the things I really like about the strategy is that it fairly clearly sets out what the various parking management options are and also what the trigger …
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On This Day… Park-and-ride, boon or boondoggle?

Today’s “On this Day” post comes from 2012 and was written by Stu Donovan. Matt L has just dissected AT’s recent announcement regarding the expansion of the Albany Park and Ride. Park and ride is a vexed transport planning issue: It’s very popular with middle-class commuters and as a result tends to receive a lot of public/political support.  On the other hand, P&R’s merits are often not well understood.  Is P&R really the boon it is made out to be? Let’s consider the arguments usually put forward in discussions on P&R; turning first to the downsides: P&R requires considerable tracts of land.  For this reason it tends to be very, very expensive …
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How to charge for P&R

The parking discussion document released yesterday one of the suggested outcomes related to the pricing of park and ride. The document notes: Park and ride sites in Auckland are free to users which do not reflect the true costs and benefits of using park and ride, and can provide a disincentive to walk, cycle or users of the feeder bus services. Most park and ride facilities are at capacity early in the morning and consequently some customers cannot find parking. Pricing park and ride will allow the demand for parking to be managed, ensuring that customers can always find a park if they are willing to pay. The RPTP includes an action to introduce …
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The Downside of Park and Ride

Flicking back through older Atlantic Cities posts led to one from last year about Park and Ride catching my eye. It’s a fairly well reasoned cautionary tale which highlights the pitfalls and potential perverse outcomes from something that would appear to be a good thing that encourages public transport use. On paper, park-and-ride facilities seem like the ultimate transport compromise. Free or cheap parking near transit stations should, if the theory holds, make partial transit riders of metro area residents who used to drive the whole way into work. The system acts like a nicotine gum for daily commutes — weaning people slowly off the single-occupancy car. The ‘nicotine gum’ …
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Glen Eden Park and Ride

I was reading the Western Leader that came on Friday and a letter to the editor caught my eye: I regret that Gayle Marshall is right (Western Leader, June 22, 2012) Auckland Transport is proposing to delay for two years the introduction of further Park and Ride in Glen Eden. The local board was stunned when the decision was made. I for one had understood that it was proposed, programmed and funded to start pretty quickly but it was delayed because of last minute funding cuts to Auckland Transport. Certainly the Waitakere Ranges Local Board fully supported the original proposal and I wanted to be there when the ribbon was …
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