Lockdown Book Review: Better Buses Better Cities

When the lockdown was announced I went and bought some books to read with all the supposed free time I was going to have. As it turns out, due to the wonders of technology, I haven't actually had as much of that as I'd hoped, but I have still managed to get through one book: … Continue reading Lockdown Book Review: Better Buses Better Cities

Focus: Express buses in northern Christchurch

This article was first published at TraNZport and is republished with permission. An interesting concept that may be rolled out later this year is the introduction of express buses between the fast growing Waimakariri district and Christchurch city. (informative articles here and here) Before I get into what that is proposed to look like, a … Continue reading Focus: Express buses in northern Christchurch

Rail or more roads? Why that isn’t the question

This post first appeared at TraNZport and is republished with permission. Transport infrastructure investments can be complementary as part of a holistic transport ecosystem that aims to achieve the best overall outcomes, often addressing multiple economic, social and environmental issues. Instead, different investments are often viewed as an “it’s this or that” situation. For instance, … Continue reading Rail or more roads? Why that isn’t the question

Free Public Transport

Free public transport is one of those ideas that seems to rear its head every few years. John Minto campaigned on this at the last election (he wasn't elected). Axel Wilke has previously proposed free buses within the 4 Aves. A few other cities/countries around the world have done free public transport, but they are … Continue reading Free Public Transport

What other cities are doing: Belfast, Northern Ireland

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

What other cities are doing: Canberra

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

Zone 0

We all loved the free central city Shuttle, didn’t we? It was introduced in 1998 and ceased operating with the February 2011 earthquake. Shall we have it back? Yes? I have an even better idea: free travel on all buses within the Four Avenues when you use your Metrocard. That way, there are way more … Continue reading Zone 0