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

Lies, damned lies, and patronage statistics

Let it be known that I'm not a great fan of how our regional council, ECan, presents their patronage statistics. In August 2018, they reported the following to the Greater Christchurch Public Transport Joint Committee: Patronage for the year ending 30 June 2018 rose by just under one percent to 13,572,240 boardings for the year. … Continue reading Lies, damned lies, and patronage statistics

Christchurch – more spending on public transport needed (aka, ‘a review of the draft Regional Public Transport Plan’)

This was first appeared on the TraNZport blog and is republished with permission. Submissions have since closed on this plan but still an interesting take on it. Christchurch sits at an interesting crossroads in terms of its development, and decisions made now are going to affect the form and function of the city for the … Continue reading Christchurch – more spending on public transport needed (aka, ‘a review of the draft Regional Public Transport Plan’)

Snail’s pace on Colombo Street

It’s time we did something useful with Colombo Street so that transport objectives outlined in the city’s guiding central city planning document, An Accessible City (AAC), can be met. There’s only one useful thing to do and that is close Colombo Street somewhere. Below I’ll tell you where, and why. AAC says (on page 5): … Continue reading Snail’s pace on Colombo Street

Lincoln Road Bus Lanes

My last blog entry identified places where bus lanes would be most beneficial around Christchurch. One of the locations was Lincoln Road, which carries the Orange route, and has no bus lanes despite getting heavily congested in peak times. Catching the bus in peak times can be very frustrating, often with views like this where … Continue reading Lincoln Road Bus Lanes