Christchurch Rapid Transit: a Proposal for Rail

This post first appeared at TraNZport and is republished with permission. Introduction Greater Christchurch is set to grow by 150,000 people over the next 30 years (to about 640,000 people based on recent projections). It’s important to note, however, that the area is currently growing by more than twice this rate, meaning it would not … Continue reading Christchurch Rapid Transit: a Proposal for Rail

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

Fewer Cars = Good Times

Concerning city centres, slower speed limits, more walkable streets, and what lessons Auckland and Wellington should learn from what's happened in Christchurch city centre post-quakes. This article first appeared over at TraNZport blog and is republished with permission.There is a lot of debate going on in Auckland at the moment about restricting city centre traffic … Continue reading Fewer Cars = Good Times

What city are we talking about? – KiwiBuild article misuses population statistics

This post first appeared on TraNZport and is republished with permission. Yesterday there was an article in The Press about whether KiwiBuild should even be a thing in Christchurch. The gist of the piece is that property developers think the Christchurch property market, unlike Auckland and Wellington, is doing just fine, thank you very much, … Continue reading What city are we talking about? – KiwiBuild article misuses population statistics

Rapid transit – some observations about mode choice decision making

This article first appeared on TraNZport and is republished with permission. The road to the mode… There are two distinct problems that crop up every time I talk to someone about rapid transit, and they are both related to mode choice. First, people tend to look at the situation of mode from too high a … Continue reading Rapid transit – some observations about mode choice decision making

Taking the Bus to and from Christchurch Airport

This post first appeared on TraNZport and is republished with permission. As I’m writing this, I’ve just undertaken a bus trip from Christchurch Airport to Manchester Street in the central city using the #29. I was heading to Christchurch Hospital, so you may be asking why I got off where I did. Well, I’ll get … Continue reading Taking the Bus to and from Christchurch Airport

Why people oppose good transport policy – central city speed limits

This post first appeared at TraNZport and is republished with permission. Further speed limit changes have been approved in Christchurch’s inner city, which will see a number of roads changed from 50 kilometres per hour to 30 kilometres per hour. This decision was made despite overwhelming opposition from the submissions process. Cue outrage. “It’ll take … Continue reading Why people oppose good transport policy – central city speed limits