What other cities are doing: Ottawa

This article first appeared at TraNZport blog and is republished with permission. This is what I hope will be the first in a series of posts that cover what is happening in other cities around the world, and how they are relevant for thinking about transport in New Zealand’s largest cities. Previously, I have touched … Continue reading What other cities are doing: Ottawa

Mass Rapid Transit in NZ – a guide to some myths

This article first appeared at TraNZport blog The recent news that a study into mass rapid transit has (finally!) been funded by NZTA for Christchurch, is a pretty good reason to celebrate (and there is also another study looking into an improved bus network – yay!). The work will take two years, with preferred routes … Continue reading Mass Rapid Transit in NZ – a guide to some myths

What Would $1b Buy in Canterbury?

This article first appeared at TraNZport and is republished with permission. The other day the “Mike Hosking of the South”, Mike Yardley, wrote an opinion piece that outright advocated for a four-lane, 60km expressway or motorway between the soon to be completed Christchurch Southern Motorway from Rolleston, 60km to Ashburton. The title of the piece … Continue reading What Would $1b Buy in Canterbury?

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

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?

Christchurch Rapid Transit Proposal – further information

This post was first published at TraNZport blog and is republished with permission. This is a follow-up to my previous post on a rapid transit start-up proposal for Christchurch. If you haven’t read that, it might be a good idea to do so before reading further on this one. I wanted to follow up on … Continue reading Christchurch Rapid Transit Proposal – further information

Christchurch – An Accessible City 2.0?

This post first appeared over at TraNZport and is republished with permission.The $6.4 billion Let’s Get Wellington Moving package of transport initiatives is great for Wellington, but it also highlights how thoroughly, and embarrassingly, behind Christchurch is in making progress with developing a fit-for-purpose, sustainable transport system of its own. The stark truth is that … Continue reading Christchurch – An Accessible City 2.0?