Stat-attack on Christchurch Public Transport

I was recently having a look through some of the public transport statistics on the Ministry of Transport website. I found some of them fascinating and help clarify what we're looking at in Christchurch, so thought I'd share some of the more interesting stats. A lot of them are based on the household travel surveys … Continue reading Stat-attack on Christchurch Public Transport

Smaller Australian Cities Implementing Rapid Transit

This article first appeared at TraNZport and is republished with permission. Recently, new light rail projects have opened in smaller Australian cities. I find this rather curious as in New Zealand we still debate the suitability of funding large public transport projects, even in our largest city. Investment in public transport has long been a … Continue reading Smaller Australian Cities Implementing Rapid Transit

Canterbury passenger rail & housing: Workshop 3

A reminder that our third workshop on Canterbury passenger rail and housing is on Monday night - keep your diaries free!Our second workshop was a rather exciting affair. It was great to get some insights from Phil Twyford himself. There were a good few people in the audience who weren't aware of many of the … Continue reading Canterbury passenger rail & housing: Workshop 3

Public Transport Patronage

I always enjoy seeing Greater Auckland publish monthly patronage data up there. I've shamelessly copied their format ("Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery that mediocrity can pay to greatness" and all that), and present to you the monthly public transport patronage data for Greater Christchurch. I'm keen to do this regularly, but it probably … Continue reading Public Transport Patronage

Christchurch City Council or ECan? Who should manage public transport?

Something that has been going on for a while now is that the Christchurch City Council (CCC) has been attempting to get the Local Government Act (the Act) changed to enable the transference of public transport management and administrative responsibility from the Canterbury Regional Council (ECan) to themselves. The legislation currently stops this from happening. … Continue reading Christchurch City Council or ECan? Who should manage public transport?

Canterbury passenger rail & housing: Workshop 3

Our second workshop was a rather exciting affair. It was great to get some insights from Phil Twyford himself. There were a good few people in the audience who weren't aware of many of the issues that the minister covered. Please be invited to the third public workshop on passenger rail and housing for Canterbury, … Continue reading Canterbury passenger rail & housing: Workshop 3

Rolleston Rail- What’s taking so long?

On Wednesday Anan Zaki of The Star published an article about trains to Rolleston titled Long Wait Possible for Rolleston Commuter Rail Service (here, page 1, then continued on page 4). It pits Selwyn Member of Parliament the Hon Amy Adams (National party) against the Minister of Housing and Transport the Hon Phil Twyford (Labour … Continue reading Rolleston Rail- What’s taking so long?