Looking back: Light rail in Christchurch – “Bob’s folly” or missed opportunity?

This post first appeared at TraNZport blog and is republished with permission. Light rail was proposed by the Christchurch City Council – and then mayor Bob Parker – in 2011 as part of the Draft City Plan, the centrepiece recovery plan for the city following the 2011 earthquake. The $406 million project between the central … Continue reading Looking back: Light rail in Christchurch – “Bob’s folly” or missed opportunity?

What other cities are doing: Belfast, Northern Ireland

This post first appeared at TraNZport and is republished with permission. For the first two posts in this series: Ottawa Canberra So far in this series, I have delved into two light rail projects in other cities; Ottawa and Canberra. Now I’d like to look at a city that is expanding rapid transit through another … Continue reading What other cities are doing: Belfast, Northern Ireland

Christchurch still Beholden to the Car

This article first appeared at TraNZport and is republished with permission. Christchurch is New Zealand’s most car dependent city, with recent statistics revealing 80 percent of commuters get to work using a private vehicle. It’s disappointing, then, to see that Christchurch City Councillor Jamie Gough has called for free car parking to revitalise the central … Continue reading Christchurch still Beholden to the Car

What other cities are doing: Canberra

This post first appeared at TraNZport and is republished with permission. I previously wrote about what was happening in Canberra (here) but thought it would be interesting to revisit the city and take a more detailed look at their new light rail line which opened earlier this year. First, a little more about the city… … Continue reading What other cities are doing: Canberra

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?