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?

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?

The BIG infrastructure announcement – winners and losers

Said to be one of the biggest infrastructure announcements in New Zealand history, there are no doubts that the Government's $12.8 billion package - including $6.8 billion in transport - was a colossal beast. The big winner's were Auckland ($3.48 billion), Northland ($692 million), Waikato and Bay of Plenty ($991 million), and Wellington ($1.35 billion). … Continue reading The BIG infrastructure announcement – winners and losers

What other cities are doing: Vancouver

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bn8mhkV3i5E On 6 January, Vancouver in Canada introduced its new “RapidBus” network. This effectively replaces and expands the “B-Line” network that previously operated in the wider city. Effectively, the RapidBus network is a series of higher quality, higher frequency bus routes and services that integrate with the rapid transit network (Skytrain and commuter rail). It … Continue reading What other cities are doing: Vancouver

Some observations: Christchurch

Over the Christmas break I undertook a trip to Christchurch, where I got to use the bus system quite a bit as well as generally travel about the wider metropolitan area by bus, car, and on my feet. It was an interesting trip as over the last couple of years my visits to the city … Continue reading Some observations: Christchurch

Farewell 2010s (aka a transport decade in review – and a new decade in preview)

As 2019 rolls into 2020, one thing is clear; I feel dreadfully old. It used to be that the changing of a decade was a momentous occasion, yet the last one seemed to be only a few years ago. Even more depressing is - looking back - how little progress we've made in New Zealand … Continue reading Farewell 2010s (aka a transport decade in review – and a new decade in preview)

Tis the season for transport document release

So a few things of note have happened in recent days. First, the government announced that it was taking advantage of its favourable financial position to spend up on infrastructure (mostly road and rail) to the tune of $6.8 billion. No details have yet been made available on what projects this may yet entail, though … Continue reading Tis the season for transport document release