Dunedin Commuter Rail – Part I

On 20 April Dunedin Railways tourist oriented services were mothballed in the face of an enforced shutdown due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, with the loss of 51 jobs. In effect, the trains and carriages have been put into storage pending a possible recovery of the tourism sector. Obviously, this has caused some … Continue reading Dunedin Commuter Rail – Part I

Streets of room – what to do with it all?

With empty bitumen in abundance in our cities and towns, talk is turning to what we can do with ALL that space in the short, medium, and long term. In the short term, given that the return to "normal" will be slow, thought is turning to how we can better utilise road space, for two … Continue reading Streets of room – what to do with it all?

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

Some thoughts on subnational population estimates and transport

Population growth may not seem immediately related to transport, but it is extremely important when considering what plans and policies are needed to move people around efficiently within our cities from a macro level. Subnational population estimates were recently released by Stats NZ, and there are some interesting trends I have noticed: There is a … Continue reading Some thoughts on subnational population estimates and transport

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

Rapid transit: vision versus practicality

I've talked before about considerations on mode of choice for rapid transit routes. One thing I always keep in mind when discussing implementation of rapid transit in New Zealand cities is that consideration should be given to how a project could be implemented and the role that choice of transport mode can play in this. … Continue reading Rapid transit: vision versus practicality

What city are we talking about? – KiwiBuild article misuses population statistics

Yesterday there was an article in The Press about whether KiwiBuild should even be a thing in Christchurch. The gist of the piece is that property developers think the Christchurch property market, unlike Auckland and Wellington, is doing just fine, thank you very much, so let's just leave it to the free market. Now, this … Continue reading What city are we talking about? – KiwiBuild article misuses population statistics