Car parking policy – cheap isn’t good

This article first appeared at TraNZport and is republished with permission. If you want to see heads explode, start talking about car parking. Better yet, tell someone that car park fees should be increased. Watch their face go red before exploding in rage. It’s understandable. Well, sort of. Most people in New Zealand still get … Continue reading Car parking policy – cheap isn’t good

Passenger Rail and Housing Workshop 5 Results

Last Monday 8th July saw the 5th (and final) CHAT Club workshop focusing on implementing rail or other rapid transit in Greater Christchurch. This series of public workshops has, since February, been slowly working through the various issues and questions of how to get mass passenger transport happening here. If you missed the previous workshops, … Continue reading Passenger Rail and Housing Workshop 5 Results

Canterbury passenger rail workshop 5

Please be invited to our next (and final) workshop. In workshop 4, attendees rated the six rapid transit options presented. We've analysed your assessments and the clear preference was for using the heavy rail lines to the north and west. We went through a multi-criteria analysis, ranking each of the six option by the objectives … Continue reading Canterbury passenger rail workshop 5

What will Replace Oil? Hydrogen or Batteries?

There is an interesting sub-plot going on in the race to replace fossil fueled vehicles with something more environmentally sustainable. This is a summary of the situation as far as I can make it out. It's fairly universally acknowledged now that we need to stop burning fossil fuels. One way of doing this is to … Continue reading What will Replace Oil? Hydrogen or Batteries?

Christchurch Northern Corridor – Worst Road Project Ever?

This post first appeared at TraNZport blog and is republished with permission. There was good news recently, in Christchurch, when the Christchurch City Council unanimously agreed to reconsider how it manages the downstream effects of the soon to open northern motorway extension [Ed - Radio NZ article here]. In short, it recognises that the impact … Continue reading Christchurch Northern Corridor – Worst Road Project Ever?

What’s Happening in the World of Road Pricing?

I've seen quite a bit of stuff popping up over the last few weeks on road pricing, so I thought I'd quickly  summarise what's going on. For almost as long as cars have existed, congestion has existed. And for almost as long as congestion has existed, the concept of road pricing has existed. For decades, … Continue reading What’s Happening in the World of Road Pricing?

Christchurch’s Hand Shaped Rail Plan

This article first appeared on Brendon Harre's blog and is republished with permission. Christchurch has a well defined spatial problem but it lacks a well defined spatial solution. See the paper Christchurch’s Future is a Fat Banana for further details The spatial problem is that 55% of future residential growth is planned to be outside the … Continue reading Christchurch’s Hand Shaped Rail Plan