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?

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?

Nobody Rides Bikes in Winter! Right?

Recently somebody said to me something to the effect of: "we shouldn't be building cycleways because even if they're OK in summer, nobody will ever use them in winter". I thought I'd take a look into this claim. A few weeks ago I wrote about some results from the last 6 months of data from … Continue reading Nobody Rides Bikes in Winter! Right?

Canterbury Passenger Rail Workshop 2

On Monday we had our second public workshop to discuss Canterbury Passenger rail. Like the first workshop, we had a good turnout of around 50 people, again with good representation from a range of backgrounds: the general public, community groups, engineers, planners, politicians and commissioners.The format was very different though this time. We took a … Continue reading Canterbury Passenger Rail Workshop 2

Canterbury Passenger Rail Workshop 2

Just a reminder that our second workshop is being held tonight. If you're in town, it would be great to see you there. We'll be discussing what problems we want passenger rail to try to solve, what benefits it would bring, and hearing the views of the Minister of Transport and Housing via Skype. Day: … Continue reading Canterbury Passenger Rail Workshop 2

Previous Reports 4: Programme Business Case for Future of Public Transport in Christchurch

Previously I have written about the 2017 strategic business case for the future of public transport in Christchurch. Now I'm going to summarise the next step of this - the programme business case. This was completed late last year. It considers the problems and benefits that were identified in the strategic case, then recommends a … Continue reading Previous Reports 4: Programme Business Case for Future of Public Transport in Christchurch