What other cities are doing: Belfast, Northern Ireland

For the first two posts in this series: Ottawa Canberra So far in this series, I have delved into two light rail projects in other cities; Ottawa and Canberra. Now I’d like to look at a city that is expanding rapid transit through another mode; bus rapid transit (BRT). Strangely, I am continuing a trend of … Continue reading What other cities are doing: Belfast, Northern Ireland

Playing the ball? – buses vs light rail vs trackless trams

I've written quite a bit about Wellington's rapid (or "mass") transit project between the CBD and airport, mostly focusing on the 'trackless tram vs light rail' debate thus far. My focus has tended to not be so much about what mode is better, but rather how the argument is put forward for particular modes, how … Continue reading Playing the ball? – buses vs light rail vs trackless trams

Trackless Trams – how might they apply in New Zealand?

I have previously written a lot about trackless trams, and this has often come across as quite negative. However, I am at pains to point out that this is largely down to the way the concept is being pushed, and perceived benefits versus other modes framed, particularly in respect of the introduction of rapid transit … Continue reading Trackless Trams – how might they apply in New Zealand?

Believe the hype? 3: Wellington Mayor backs trackless trams

I really don't like writing about the whole trackless trams thing, because I don't actually dislike the concept, I just want to see facts, not overly optimistic or misleading sales pitches, discussed. But here we go, again... Turns out Wellington Mayor Justin Lester is now all for trackless trams, based, it seems, largely on what … Continue reading Believe the hype? 3: Wellington Mayor backs trackless trams

Believe the hype 2: More musing on trackless trams

One of the key claims by proponents of the trackless tram concept is that it is cheap and easy to implement. That sounds awesome, and makes me wonder what amazing concept would allow the cheap implementation of rapid transit (apparently only 10 per cent of the cost of light rail!) but when you read what … Continue reading Believe the hype 2: More musing on trackless trams

Trackless trams – believe the hype?

It may seem like I am at war with the concept of trackless trams. I'm not. The concept is perfectly fine, a positive development in the world of rapid transit. However, what does bother me is the way the new technology is being framed as a replacement for light rail, because, in doing so, a … Continue reading Trackless trams – believe the hype?

Trackless trams for Wellington?

There was an article in the Dominion Post on the weekend that seemed to imply that Wellington was going to get "trackless trams" on its long talked about rapid transit spine from the Wellington Railway Station to the airport. Apparently, trackless trams are being looked at as a possibility as part of the Let's Get … Continue reading Trackless trams for Wellington?