Previous Reports 4: Programme Business Case for Future of Public Transport in Christchurch

Previously I have written about the 2017 strategic business case for the future of public transport in Christchurch. Now I'm going to summarise the next step of this - the programme business case. This was completed late last year. It considers the problems and benefits that were identified in the strategic case, then recommends a … Continue reading Previous Reports 4: Programme Business Case for Future of Public Transport in Christchurch

Results from Workshop 1 on Passenger Rail in Canterbury

It's been a while coming, but we've finally found enough time to go through all the maps, scribbles, and notesheets from our first workshop on Canterbury Passenger Rail on Monday, 25 February 2019 (some initial results were published here). Around 60 people attended, and worked through a series of questions in 11 small groups. As … Continue reading Results from Workshop 1 on Passenger Rail in Canterbury

Canterbury Passenger Rail Workshop 2

Despite the horrific events of the last few days, life must carry on. In the long shadow that has been cast over our city, we have a notice that may seem unimportant now, but that we think is still worthwhile pursuing.Please be invited to the second public workshop on passenger rail for Canterbury, to be … Continue reading Canterbury Passenger Rail Workshop 2

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

Canterbury Passenger Rail Workshop

On Monday night the CHAT club held a workshop to discuss passenger rail in Canterbury. Thanks to everyone who came - there was a good turnout with representation from general public, city and regional councils, university, various government agencies, consultants and community groups. We started off with 3 short presentations: Brief history of passenger rail … Continue reading Canterbury Passenger Rail Workshop

Canterbury Passenger Rail Workshop

Just a reminder that the CHAT Club (Canterbury Housing and Transport)are holding a workshop tomorrow (Monday 25th February 2019) 6:00-7:30pm at Tūranga (central library), in the TSB space (level 1). The purpose is to discuss passenger rail for Canterbury, and how that relates to future housing. The CHAT Cub is a mix of transport and … Continue reading Canterbury Passenger Rail Workshop

Canterbury passenger rail: workshop

Monday, 25 February 2019, 6.00 to 7.30pm Tūranga (central library) in the Tautoru / TSB Space on level 1 (link to Facebook event) Note - this is a different room than initially advertised - there is a lot of interest in this workshop What's the appetite in Canterbury for this? Light rail vehicle in Karlsruhe … Continue reading Canterbury passenger rail: workshop

Are We There Yet? Hydrogen Trains and the End of the Carbon Era – Part 2

Yesterday I wrote that hydrogen trains are beginning to emerge as a genuine option for long-distance trains in New Zealand. Part 2 of this series further explores how we might solve the problem of needing to store electricity when the wind's not blowing. According to the Wide Spread Adaption of Competitive Hydrogen Solution -Nel Hydrogen … Continue reading Are We There Yet? Hydrogen Trains and the End of the Carbon Era – Part 2

Are We There Yet? Hydrogen Trains and the End of the Carbon Era – Part 1

Steam trains signalled the start of the carbon era. Will hydrogen trains signal its end? This article was first published on Brendon Harre's blog and interest.co.nz, and has since had some updates. The world’s first hydrogen train is now in service — Engadget New Zealand’s goal of being zero carbon by 2050 is like ‘crossing a river … Continue reading Are We There Yet? Hydrogen Trains and the End of the Carbon Era – Part 1

Commuter Rail – Previous Reports 2

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about a report Ecan commissioned in 2014, which concluded that a bare bones commuter service was technically feasible, relatively cheap at $8m, and would most likely attract the 500 daily passengers it needs to be financially viable. Now I'm going to describe an earlier report from 2005 which … Continue reading Commuter Rail – Previous Reports 2