Implementing public transport plans in NZ cities

When you promise much but deliver little. This post first appeared on the TraNZport blog and is republished with permission. There are two interesting developments in train (no pun intended… sort of) at the moment in two New Zealand cities. In Wellington, the new bus network, based on the hub and spoke model, is being … Continue reading Implementing public transport plans in NZ cities

Lies, damned lies, and patronage statistics

Let it be known that I'm not a great fan of how our regional council, ECan, presents their patronage statistics. In August, they reported the following to the Greater Christchurch Public Transport Joint Committee: Patronage for the year ending 30 June 2018 rose by just under one percent to 13,572,240 boardings for the year. While … Continue reading Lies, damned lies, and patronage statistics

Commuter Rail- Previous Report 1

Christchurch used to have commuter trains, as described here. At the moment there are a lot of people who think the smart thing to do is to get them going again, including Brendon Harre in this article, and James Dann in this article. This has been looked at sporadically by various organisations in the past. … Continue reading Commuter Rail- Previous Report 1

Christchurch Transport Update

Here's a quick update of a few significant things I've seen happening in the transport world of late. There was a fantastic article on newsroom by Dr Jess Berentson-Shaw, that voiced a lot of the frustrations I've found working in transport in Aotearoa: "it is timely to explore why transport is an area in which … Continue reading Christchurch Transport Update

A new plan for Christchurch rail

This article by James Dann first appeared on The Spinoff and is published with permission. Christchurch is a sprawling mess. Its only major geographical feature is the Port Hills, a buffer that has slowed growth in one direction. From the vantage of these hills, you can look out across the Canterbury Plains, once the nation’s … Continue reading A new plan for Christchurch rail

Bruntletts / Modacity

Over the last two days we’ve been fortunate to have Chris and Melissa Bruntlett of Modacity here in Otautahi. I went along to their talk last night as well as a workshop this morning. They have made a name for themselves by advocating for all things cycling, and doing it in a smart, effective way. … Continue reading Bruntletts / Modacity

Christchurch – more spending on public transport needed (aka, ‘a review of the draft Regional Public Transport Plan’)

This was first appeared on the TraNZport blog and is republished with permission. Submissions have since closed on this plan but still an interesting take on it. Christchurch sits at an interesting crossroads in terms of its development, and decisions made now are going to affect the form and function of the city for the … Continue reading Christchurch – more spending on public transport needed (aka, ‘a review of the draft Regional Public Transport Plan’)