This post first appeared at Brendon Harre's blog and is republished with permission. Vision To create a new exemplar neighbourhood for Christchurch at the Middleton rail yards with a passenger rail transport hub at the heart of the development, where residents can take pride in their livable, walkable, connected, affordable community and help fulfill the … Continue reading MaRTI: Executive Summary
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?
Coming up soon is an interesting rail/peformance mash-up that gives people an extemely rare chance to travel by train up the Weka Pass Railway in North Canterbury. Anthonie Tonnon is presenting a new edition of his Rail Land show, with a national tour this December. Rail Land is a tour celebrating passenger rail in Aotearoa. … Continue reading Rail Land 2019
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
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
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
Local election preliminary results are in now and here are some initial thoughts. It seems to have been taken down now, but the Stuff live coverage over the weekend reported that 2019 had a higher turnout of young voters than the last few elections, a higher number of younger candidates elected, and a higher proportion … Continue reading City Council Election Results