Transport projects as economic stimulus post-lockdown

Right now we are in interesting times. I've had a draft post I've been tinkering with, exploring in-depth the likely economic response to the corona-virus lockdown and how that might impact on wider transport policy settings, but events simply kept moving too fast for it to remain relevant for more than a day. So I … Continue reading Transport projects as economic stimulus post-lockdown

How Light Rail will revolutionise our city streets

This is a guest post by Marko G. I have had a lot of time on my hands lately with the country moving to a ‘level four’ response to COVID-19. So I took a deep dive into this great piece of work by MRCagney that was prepared for Let’s Get Wellington Moving. The report looks … Continue reading How Light Rail will revolutionise our city streets

Focus: Express buses in northern Christchurch

An interesting concept that may be rolled out later this year is the introduction of express buses between the fast growing Waimakariri district and Christchurch city. (informative articles here and here) Before i get into what that is proposed to look like, a little background. For those that don't know, the motorway linking these two … Continue reading Focus: Express buses in northern Christchurch

Rail or more roads? Why that isn’t the question

Transport infrastructure investments can be complementary as part of a holistic transport ecosystem that aims to achieve the best overall outcomes, often addressing multiple economic, social and environmental issues. Instead, different investments are often viewed as an “it’s this or that” situation. For instance, take this article about the Ministry of Transport investigating rapid rail … Continue reading Rail or more roads? Why that isn’t the question

Auckland light rail – don’t lose the public

I've written previously about Auckland's light rail project (here and here) and have gone from being largely incredulous about what was going on, to a more reasoned assessment of things (a healthy dose of optimism and much of my criticism reserved for . The second post concluded by saying this: However, what I would say … Continue reading Auckland light rail – don’t lose the public

NZ Upgrade Package – Wellington Region. The good, the bad and the ugly

This is a guest post by Marko G The coalition government’s massive infrastructure package was announced in late January.  It has been called as the “NZ Upgrade Package” and looks to fill our massive infrastructure deficit while also addressing climate change (my thoughts on that below…). I want to look at how Wellington fared from … Continue reading NZ Upgrade Package – Wellington Region. The good, the bad and the ugly

Why is it so hard for New Zealand to not do roads?

Promises were made, promises were not delivered, and now we find ourselves back where we started, in a fashion. Whether it is light rail in Auckland, Let’s Get Wellington Moving, or mass rapid transit in Christchurch, progress on major public transport projects in our cities – that would re-balance mode share, improve access, and reduce … Continue reading Why is it so hard for New Zealand to not do roads?