Now is the time…

Now is the time to do something different with the Christchurch Northern Corridor than originally planned. The project, as initiated by the previous government, is nearly built. It would never have happened under the current government’s transport priorities. Despite the change of government in 2017, Christchurch City Council (CCC) and the Transport Agency are continuing … Continue reading Now is the time…

Previous Reports 3: Strategic Business Case for Future of Public Transport in Christchurch

So far my series on previous reports on rail in Christchurch has covered the 2014 commuter rail study and the 2005 rail study. Next on my list are the more recent Business Cases for the Future of Public Transport in Christchurch. The very high-level Strategic Business Case was completed in 2017, the slightly more grounded … Continue reading Previous Reports 3: Strategic Business Case for Future of Public Transport in Christchurch

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

A bouquet (of sorts) for the Christchurch airport bus

I make fairly regular visits from Christchurch to Auckland and Wellington, mostly for work. Much of the time, I find that the available public transport services there are sufficient to get me to and from the respective airports to where I need to go (usually downtown), so I have the "full set" of PT cards … Continue reading A bouquet (of sorts) for the Christchurch airport bus

Patronage update

Greetings of the season from Stewart Island. The other day, I wrote a piece about patronage in Auckland, Greater Wellington, and Greater Christchurch.  This was based on Auckland data up until October 2018, and Wellington and Canterbury data up until June. Here’s an update. Auckland Transport issued the November update on their website in mid-December. … Continue reading Patronage update

Implementing public transport plans in NZ cities

When you promise much but deliver little. This post first appeared on the TraNZport blog and is republished with permission. There are two interesting developments in train (no pun intended… sort of) at the moment in two New Zealand cities. In Wellington, the new bus network, based on the hub and spoke model, is being … Continue reading Implementing public transport plans in NZ cities