Canterbury passenger rail workshop 5

Please be invited to our next (and final) workshop. In workshop 4, attendees rated the six rapid transit options presented. We've analysed your assessments and the clear preference was for using the heavy rail lines to the north and west. We went through a multi-criteria analysis, ranking each of the six option by the objectives … Continue reading Canterbury passenger rail workshop 5

What will Replace Oil? Hydrogen or Batteries?

There is an interesting sub-plot going on in the race to replace fossil fueled vehicles with something more environmentally sustainable. This is a summary of the situation as far as I can make it out. It's fairly universally acknowledged now that we need to stop burning fossil fuels. One way of doing this is to … Continue reading What will Replace Oil? Hydrogen or Batteries?

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?

What’s Happening in the World of Road Pricing?

I've seen quite a bit of stuff popping up over the last few weeks on road pricing, so I thought I'd quickly  summarise what's going on. For almost as long as cars have existed, congestion has existed. And for almost as long as congestion has existed, the concept of road pricing has existed. For decades, … Continue reading What’s Happening in the World of Road Pricing?

Christchurch’s Hand Shaped Rail Plan

This article first appeared on Brendon Harre's blog and is republished with permission. Christchurch has a well defined spatial problem but it lacks a well defined spatial solution. See the paper Christchurch’s Future is a Fat Banana for further details The spatial problem is that 55% of future residential growth is planned to be outside the … Continue reading Christchurch’s Hand Shaped Rail Plan

Canterbury Rail and Housing Workshop 4 Results

Thanks to everyone who came to the 4th Canterbury Rail and Housing Workshop last week. We had some good discussion with 30-odd people debating the pros and cons of 6 different options for mass rapid transit in Christchurch. To kick things off Glen presented on some of the similarities and differences between the three main … Continue reading Canterbury Rail and Housing Workshop 4 Results

Different Cities, Different Shapes 3/2

I've written previously about the similarities and differences in the shapes of the various cities in New Zealand here, here and here. Lately I've been playing around with the 3D visualisation tool in QGIS to see what it can do. First I downloaded the population density by meshblock data from the 2013 census. As I've … Continue reading Different Cities, Different Shapes 3/2