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

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

Thoughts on Auckland’s Light Rail “shambles” – is it really all that bad?

Auckland's light rail project has been quite the roller coaster ride. The project was started under Auckland Transport as a way of relieving increasing congestion on bus routes down Dominion Rd and though the CBD. Then, the project was extended in purpose to serve Auckland Airport. The rationale for this appears to largely be about … Continue reading Thoughts on Auckland’s Light Rail “shambles” – is it really all that bad?

Looking back: Light rail in Christchurch – “Bob’s folly” or missed opportunity?

Light rail was proposed by the Christchurch City Council - and then mayor Bob Parker - in 2011 as part of the Draft City Plan, the centrepiece recovery plan for the city following the 2011 earthquake. The $406 million project between the central city and the University of Canterbury campus at Ilam was to be … Continue reading Looking back: Light rail in Christchurch – “Bob’s folly” or missed opportunity?

No light (rail) at the end of the tunnel? – What Auckland’s light rail debacle means for sustainable transport in NZ

The Auckland light rail debacle is quickly turning into a guidebook on how not to go about major public transport infrastructure projects. There are already some great reads detailing the twists and turns of this increasingly boondoggle-like disaster, (here, here, here, here, and here, for instance) and this post will just attempt to sumarise some of that background, before … Continue reading No light (rail) at the end of the tunnel? – What Auckland’s light rail debacle means for sustainable transport in NZ

What other cities are doing: Canberra

I previously wrote about what was happening in Canberra (here) but thought it would be interesting to revisit the city and take a more detailed look at their new light rail line which opened earlier this year. First, a little more about the city... Canberra: a small city investing in rapid transit The first thing … Continue reading What other cities are doing: Canberra

What other cities are doing: Ottawa

This is what I hope will be the first in a series of posts that cover what is happening in other cities around the world, and how they are relevant for thinking about transport in New Zealand’s largest cities. Previously, I have touched on developments in Canberra and Newcastle (Australia), and I intend on revisiting … Continue reading What other cities are doing: Ottawa