Can I Have a Minute of Your Time?

If you can spare me a minute or two of your time, I'd like to talk about how many dollars that time is worth to you. Deep within the hidden machinations that is transport decision making in New Zealand, there is a tiny little cog that turns a lot of very big levers. It's a … Continue reading Can I Have a Minute of Your Time?

Funding transport projects outside of Auckland – there is a problem

This post first appeared on the TraNZport blog and is republished with permission. I read this morning in the paper (Dominion Post) that the Let’s Get Wellington Moving (LGWM) package of transport projects, due to be announced late last year, is still stalled in the water over funding issues. This illustrates a problem that I … Continue reading Funding transport projects outside of Auckland – there is a problem

Commuter Rail – Previous Reports 2

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about a report Ecan commissioned in 2014, which concluded that a bare bones commuter service was technically feasible, relatively cheap at $8m, and would most likely attract the 500 daily passengers it needs to be financially viable. Now I'm going to describe an earlier report from 2005 which … Continue reading Commuter Rail – Previous Reports 2

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

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