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Redevelopment of the Downtown car park

12/04/2021

The Downtown car park is to be put up for sale.  The site is 6,400m2 and is now up for redevelopment.  There are plans for a bus interchange as well as keeping some of the parking.  

Greater Auckland takes a look and what is being proposed - click here to read their first article.  

Heidi O'Callahan now takes a more in-depth look at the proposals and puts them in context with the City Centre Masterplan, the Auckland Climate Plan and Auckland Transport’s own mode shift plan, Better Travel Choices.

Click below to read her thoughts.  

Have your say on Land Transport Plan

30/03/2021

Auckland Transport is asking for feedback on the Regional Land Transport Plan 2021 to 2031 (RLTP).   Submissions close 2 May.  The RLTP outlines the areas that Auckland Transport, Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency and KiwiRail will focus on to respond to the region’s transport challenges. It will make significant improvements to: 

  • Travel choices for Aucklanders

    • Public transport

    • Walking and cycling

  • Our road network

  • Road safety

  • Environmental outcomes

  • Support growth and new housing developments

Click below to read the full report and watch a video.

NZ's first hydrogen bus launched in AKL

30/03/2021

Auckland Transport (AT) unveiled New Zealand’s first hydrogen fuel cell bus, as AT transitions to an emissions-free fleet.  The bus was unveiled by the Minister of Transport Michael Wood and Mayor of Auckland Phil Goff at Ports of Auckland – where the bus will be refuelled with green hydrogen.  The three-axle bus, which is AT’s biggest single deck bus, will be used to trial operational performance and see how operating costs compare to diesel and electric buses of similar configurations. It fits 43 seated adults and 31 standing adults.  The bus was built in Christchurch and will be operated for an initial two-year trial.  

Read more from AT in the link below

How do you feel about congestion charging?

27/03/2021

Aucklanders can have their say on whether motorists should pay congestion charges to use certain roads at certain times.  In an attempt to ease traffic woes,  Central Government, Auckland Transport and Auckland Council officials are considering the idea of introducing the road charges.  This was mooted in 2017, in a project dubbed The Congestion Question. Parliament’s Transport & Infrastructure Committee has called for submissions on The Congestion Question report as part of its inquiry.  Users would pay up to $3.50 at morning and evening peak times. Read the full Stuff article below. 

Click here to see how you can have your say read and read more documents.  Closing date is 20 May 2021.  

What's next for the Northern pathway?

23/03/2021

Reports suggest that the long awaited Northern Pathway (formerly known as Skypath) is in trouble.  There appears to be "significant and complex engineering issues".  However conflicting reports suggest the project could go ahead as a completely separate bridge. Read the latest Newshub update here.     

Read the full  Greater Auckland article and comments here

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Get ready for AC36 racing 

9/03/2021

The highly anticipated Race 1 will start on Wednesday March 10th at 4pm under Alert Level 2. The information in the bulletin below is to help you plan for the transport changes that will come into effect from 10th to 21st  March 2021.  You  can  also  check  for  public  transport  updates  and  traffic management details on the AT website   www.at.govt.nz/americascup  As Auckland is at Alert Level 2 check restrictions for this event.  During the 36th America’s Cup Match days AT will closely monitor pedestrian safety and traffic network operation and take a responsive approach.   Particularly should  Auckland’s  alert  levels change, and more people are allowed to gather under level 1.  Click below for full details.  

TravelWise Choices newsletter

5/3/2021

In this newsletter find out more about the Walk to Work Day planned for Wednesday 10th March.  This is the same day as the start of AC36 racing so it could be a good option, for anyone wanting to ditch the car.  There is a wrap up of the Bike Challenge and details of the ongoing enhancements to the City Centre.  

Click below to read the full bulletin.    

New train between Auckland & Hamilton

3/3/2021

The launch date for the new passenger rail service between Waikato and Auckland – has been confirmed as Tuesday, 6 April 2021.  There will be two return services on weekdays to get commuters to Papakura in time for the start of the workday. Departure from Frankton will be at 5.46am and 6.28am, stopping at Rotokauri and Huntly. The return service will depart from Papakura at 4.42pm and 6.25pm. Once in Auckland commuters will transfer to the AT Metro Southern Line and continue on to Auckland’s city centre. The estimated the total journey from Hamilton to Britomart will take 2 hours 30.  With free wifi and a cafe bar this sounds like a great option.  

Is the Harbour Bridge falling down? 

1/3/2021

Auckland's Harbour Bridge can't take any more strengthening and traffic will need to be restricted in order to maintain its "structural integrity".  NZTA, Waka Kotahi says the bridge has previously been strengthened several times but it is not possible to do it again due to the weight of the steel that would need to be added.  Instead, NZTA are proposing to introduce "active traffic management". NZTA commented “Our programme of ongoing monitoring, maintenance, upgrades and load management means the bridge is able to operate indefinitely as a key strategic asset in the Auckland network.”  Any limitations are likely to be around heavy vehicles.  

Read NZ Herald article here or the NZTA press release here or observations from Greater Auckland in the link below.  

Transport in Auckland at Level 3

29/2/2021

The Government announced that Auckland has moved back to Alert Level 3 for seven days from 6am on Sunday 28 February.  Public transport will continue to operate under strict health and safety requirements. Timetables will remain close to normal at this stage. There may be some adjustments to accommodate demand or to meet workforce limitations.

  • Trains will run to a weekend timetable with some additional services in the mornings

  • There will be some reduced ferry sailings due to reduced demand

  • You must wear a face covering

  • You can board a bus using the front door

  • Remember to maintain 1 metre physical distancing

  • Scan the Ministry of Health’s COVID Tracer app QR code

Please click below to see all details.  Stay safe and be kind.  

Auckland Council budget and Long Term Plan out for consultation

22/2/2021

Auckland Council have produced a Long Term Plan for 2021 - 2031 along with a draft recovery budget.  Auckland Council need to balance rising investment demand with reduced investment capacity.  Key issues include the rapid growth of Auckland city, changing community needs, transport demands, ageing assets and the need to respond to climate change.  Covid 19 has had a negative impact on residents, businesses and Auckland Councils income.  Read the full document here. or a snapshot of the key issues here.

The consultation closes at 12noon on 22 March 2021.

Auckland Transport at Level 2

17/2/2021

The Government has announced that Auckland will move back to Level 2 at midnight on Wednesday 17 February.  

Public transport will continue to operate with strict health and safety requirements in place. Per government advice, you must wear a face covering if you are over 12 years old and you should scan in using the QR code posters.  HOP card only no cash.   Read full details from AT below.  

For general information on what is and isn't allowed during level 2 click here.  

Auckland Transport at Level 3

15/2/2021

The Government announced that Auckland has moved back to Alert Level 3 for three days.  This means staying at home when possible and in your bubble, as per the Government advice.  You must maintain physical distancing outside of your home and you are encouraged to wear a face covering.

Public transport will continue to operate with strict health and safety requirements in place. Per government advice, you must maintain 1 metre physical distancing and should scan in and wear a face covering.  Read full details below.  

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Feb update from AT

6/2/2021

This update from Auckland Transport looks at the changes in public transport fares including the discounted off peak fares.  The new AirportLink bus (brand new and all electric)  is featured along with some new bus and ferry options for customers.  There are also details on the Bike Challenge, rail track repair programme and student discounts.    

Click below to read in full.  

Prada Cup series - details here

1/2/2021

Heart of the City takes a closer look at the Prada Cup racing.  Including the key dates, where to be seen, the best local refreshment stops and much more. 

The Prada Cup final is scheduled to take place 13th to 22nd February.  With INEOS TEAM UK and Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli Team will battling it out on the Hauraki Gulf. Don't miss out on the action. 

Photo credit COR 36 | Studio Borlenghi 

Travelwise newsletter - Feb 2021

05/2/2021

Read the newsletter to find out more about the Aotearoa Bike Challenge.  This is a great opportunity to dust off the bike and get out on the road.  Some great prizes are up for grabs along with lots of other information.  Off peak travel has just got cheaper.  There is now a 10% discount if you travel between 9am and3pm on public transport.  Click below to read the full newsletter.  

Lot's happening in Auckland this weekend

29/1/2021

Heart of the City's' latest newsletter has all the information  on what's happening in Auckland this long weekend.  Plenty do do on and off the water.  There are also details of the upcoming Arts Festival, the February Bike Challenge and lots more.  

Clean car crackdown: Govt sets new standard for vehicle imports

28/1/2021

The Government has announced several measures aimed at lowering emissions of the transport fleet to help New Zealand meet the goal of being carbon neutral by 2050.  

Importers of new and used vehicles will be required to import more climate-friendly cars to reduce overall emissions - and will face penalties if they don't. NZ Herald takes a closer look at the new rules.  

Article from NZ Herald.  

Changes to some bus and ferry services - will you be affected?

21/1/2021

From this Sunday 24 January, Auckland Transport are making changes to some bus and ferry services.  Some of these changes have been planned for some time, while others are the result of reviewing services to make the best use of rates and taxes.  There will be extra trips on some existing routes and some brand new bus services. A small number of services are being removed.  Click here to see if your journey is affected.  

Public transport fares to rise by 4% but off-peak travel cheaper

18/1/2021

Fares on Auckland’s public transport are set to rise by 4%.  A new off-peak discount of 10% will be in place from 7th Feb on all fares after 9am and before 3pm, and and at night weekdays and all weekends.  Auckland Transport said about half of all passengers would pay an average 35 cents more for each trip using the AT HOP card from February 7.

The changes will boost AT’s revenue by an estimated $4.3 million.

Read the Stuff article here or the Greater Auckland thoughts in the link below.

Bike Festival 28 Jan 2021

18/1/2021

Thurs 28 January 11am – 2pm, VXV Plaza (outside AT offices)

The Aotearoa Bike Challenge is just around the corner. Time to dust off the bike, or consider buying a new one. Pop on over and check out the assortment of bikes and bike gear for sale, and have a chat with Auckland Transport to get information and advice about the best bike routes  and meet new buddies. You can also book in a guided city centre e-bike tour with your work colleagues to freshen up your bike skills! Already have a bike? With a mechanic on site, you can make sure your bike is in tip-top shape in time for February’s Aotearoa Bike Challenge!

Bike Challenge 1 - 28 Feb 2021

18/1/2021

After the lockdown cycling boom of the last year, we’re ready to build on the momentum to get Aucklanders on their bike this February. Simply ride for 10 minutes anywhere, anytime during the month of February. All month long, register with your business (or as an individual or community group) and be in to win some of the $18,000 worth of prizes along with tons of bragging rights in the leaderboard. Competition is fierce, so get as many of your friends, family members and colleagues involved as you can, and rack up your encourager points.  There is a specific competition between businesses in Wynyard Quarter, so check out the leaderboard to see who’s in the lead!

Are you ready for the racing?

16/12/2020

Get ready for the racing!  This update from WQ TMA has all the information you need in one place.  There are details on the bus and ferry changes.  Information on the parking and access restrictions.   Details about the Race Village and links to the AT journey planner to help you plan the best way to be part of all the action.  

Plan ahead and enjoy the racing! 

Check out these cool new spaces

16/12/2020

Check out the cool new spaces in and around Wynyard Quarter.  The luscious new grass on Daldy Street Park looks good enough to sleep on.  The addition of a new space and shaded area at Silo Park are definitely worth checking out.  Click below to read all the details and see the photos.

Article from HOTC

Free public transport this Friday & Saturday

14/12/2020

Auckland Transport are offering free travel Friday December 19th from 4pm on most AT Metro services to provide a safe alternative to driving home. There will also offering free travel all day on Saturday 19th December, so Aucklanders can ditch the car and use buses, trains or ferries instead for Christmas shopping, checking out the America's Cup or other family outings.

Some exclusions apply see below for full details.  

Auckland congestion charges on the way?

30/11/2020

A congestion charge to drive through Auckland's central city at peak hours is one option being considered to handle the city's traffic problems. According to the report, the peak period charge could be $3.50 with a lower charge of $1.50 at other times. This would apply Monday to Friday but not at weekends.  The report from July 2020 has been completed by a joint government and Auckland City group called The Congestion Question, set up to see if congestion pricing would work in Auckland. To read the full report click here  To read what Greater Auckland have to say click here or to read the article by Stuff click below.  

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America's Cup update from HOTC

25/11/2020

Information for businesses

The first event for the 36th America's Cup starts in just three weeks time, running from 17 - 20 December. 

Below you will find key dates and access details including road closures and parking restrictions for the December race days. Please share this with anyone who may find it useful.

Plan ahead and enjoy the racing.

Wynyard Quarter Neighbours Forum

23/11/2020

The next Wynyard Quarter Neighbours Forum will take place on Monday 7th December starting at 7am. Join to hear the latest updates on local developments, news and events across the Waterfront.  Speakers include 

- Fiona Knox, Waterfront Priority Location Director, Panuku
- Martin Paget and Carmen White, America’s Cup Events Ltd
- Barry Potter, Director Infrastructure and Environmental Service, Auckland Council

What now for the Climate Plan in Auckland

20/11/2020

Auckland Conversations will meet on 8th December to discuss this.  How will climate change be addressed? Urgent, radical changes to how and what we do are needed. Changes have the potential to not only address our climate challenges, but have wider positive effects, such as reducing the health impacts of transport, restoring and regenerating our urban and rural natural environments.  To find out who is speaking and how to register click the link below.  This event is free.  

Face coverings on public transport

18/11/2020

The Government has announced that from Thursday 19 November you must wear a face covering whilst on-board public transport in Auckland.  This means that everyone over the age of 12 must wear a face covering while on public transport, this includes buses, trains and ferries.  AT recommend you scan the QR codes which are on-board using the NZ COVID Tracer app.  Full media release can be seen below.

Decarbonising transport 

8/11/2020

As part of the Auckland Climate Plan, Auckland Transport  and others are exploring how to change our transport system to achieve the necessary drop in emissions by 2030.

Do we need to change our cars or our driving habits?  Do we need to improve public transport or introduce road pricing? How are AT hoping to reduce emissions?  This Greater Auckland article takes a look at Auckland as well as looking at what other cities are planning to do.  

Benefits of low traffic neighbourhoods

8/11/2020

A recent report by the Helen Clark Foundation looks at the concept of low traffic neighbourhoods.  The report suggests that these areas would help with emission reductions, improve road safety, reduce accidents and deaths and improve people's sense of belonging.  This week is Road Safety week in NZ so perhaps it is time to look at solutions that will keep everyone safe and happy.  Read the full report below.  Read article by Stuff here or NZ Herald article here.

Image credit:Patrick Morgan 

155 Fanshawe Street now open

4/11/2020

155 Fanshawe Street has opened. The seven level, 6* green rated building is now home to Genesis Energy, Kiwibank, Regus, Southern Cross and Trademe.  This state of the art building has EV charging points, over 100 bike parks,  plenty of changing facilities and showers.  Kiwibank has created New Zealands first commercial building signs made from over 10,000 recycled single use plastic bottles. Read an article about the sign and the 6* green rating in the link below.

NZTA confirm rail link for Harbour crossing

3/11/2020

NZTA, AT and Auckland Council will be looking at an additional rail-based rapid transit connection across the Waitematā Harbour.  NZTA also announced they will also be looking at ongoing busway enhancements, wider rapid transit networks on the North Shore, along with future proofing and route protection. Greater Auckland has some interesting comments and the full article from NZTA can be found in the link below.  

Walk Challenge events this November 

2/11/2020

As part of the Walk Challenge a free walking tour of the Wynyard Quarter is taking place this Wednesday 4th November.   On Thursday 12th November at 630pm there will be a free Silent Disco at Silo Park. 

There are other events taking place around Auckland click here to take a look and scroll down to the event calendar to register.

More electric buses for Auckland

28/10/2020

Auckland Transport has just launched Auckland's first extra large electric bus. The fully electric bus can carry 78 passengers and is being trialed on longer distance routes.  This will enable testing of power demand and cost.  The bus is currently being used on the 70 service from Botany to the CBD.  New electric buses will be launched for Waiheke Island shortly. and will be on the Airport Link route from January 2021  These are all positive steps to reducing carbon emissions.  

Elections and AGM

28/10/2020

WQ TMA elections are coming up and TMA members are invited to join the Board.  This year 11 seats are available.  A few FAQ's on being a Board members can be found here along with a nomination form.  Closing date for nominations is 5pm Tuesday17th November.  

The AGM will be held on Thursday 26th November starting at 1pm -  full details here.  

Our Annual Review covers activities from June 2019 to June 2020 as well as looking ahead to 2021-read it now here.  

Freight Plan for Auckland released

2410/2020

The Auckland freight plan has just been released by Auckland Transport.  It identifies the critical challenges for freight movement, desired outcomes, and an action plan to achieve those outcomes.  A full copy of the plan can be found here

Greater Auckland takes a closer look including at what other cities are doing.  Are there lessons for Auckland?  Click link below to read the GA article.

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Big Street bikers win AT award

23/10/2020

Big Street Bikers have been awarded the Auckland Transport Innovative Thinker Award for the Rechargery in Wynyard Quarter.  Big Street Bikers created the Rechargery to help educate and encourage people to give e-biking a go.  The building itself is solar powered.  

The latest Big Street Bikers newsletter shares details of new locations for their secure bike parking stations and an update on successful ECCA funding bids.  

ASB Auckland Marathon 1 November

19/10/2020

The ASB Auckland Marathon will be held on Sunday 1 November 2020. This brings with it much excitement and a great atmosphere with more than 15,000 participants.  To accommodate this fantastic annual event, Auckland Transport will close some roads in Wynyard Quarter. Please click below to read information on road closures, parking restrictions and the contingency plan.  

When will EV's get priority 

16/10/2020

Mike O'Donnell takes a look at electric motorbikes and electric cars and he asks when will they been given priority?  With 650 charging spots in New Zealand what are we waiting for? Last month, according to figures, BEVs accounted for 16% of all new car sales in New Zealand.  So what is the key to getting more EVs on the roads.  Read Mike's article below.

Photo MARC PFITZENREUTER/GETTY

Get walking this November

12/10/2020

November sees the start of the Auckland Walk Challenge. 

This year you're invited to virtually take on nine of the Great Walks of New Zealand. Simply download the BetterPoints app, register your details and you'll be set to go.  During November, you can record your walks, earn rewards for your activity and virtually walk through some of New Zealand's most stunning landscapes and scenery.  Invite your friends, put your walking shoes on and share your progress. It's time to step up and get active.

Be prepared for disruptive events

11/10/2020

Two live business webinars will give Auckland’s small business owners an opportunity to learn how to build resilience within their businesses during disruptive events like COVID-19.  Organised by Auckland Emergency Management, the business resilience webinars will be held on Thursday 15 October at 6pm and on Monday 19 October at 10am.  It is hoped that the webinars will encourage participants to ask questions and share their experiences and ideas.

AT Metro's latest newsletter  

9/10/2020

AT Metro's latest newsletter gives updates on the Downtown 

Ferry terminal, details of the November Walking Challenge, plus information about the new 64 bus service.  The AT Mobile app has a neat journey planner which now includes walking and cycling.  Check it out today.  Read all the details below.

An upper harbour ferry service?  

5/10/2020

Greater Auckland takes a closer look at options for ferry travel.  One idea was having the Hobsonville and West Harbour ferries make a slight diversions to stop at Birkenhead, and Northcote Point once it is open again, on their way to town. Effectively one route with two branches.

To read more click on the link below.

Goose Chase app launched 

1/10/2020

Auckland Transport have been working on a range of Biketober challenges to get families having fun by bike during the month-long festival of Biketober (Bike + October = Biketober). Challenges are for all ages and can be done with family at home or out and about. Challenges can be done via the GooseChase App and  the game runs from 1- 31 October 

Cycling & Walking newsletter from AT

29/09/2020

Biketober starts soon so check out the activities taking place near you.   Check out the new Goose Chase app and join in the fun.  There is an update on the Skypath  as well as some guided walks you might want to take part in.  See below for full details.  Take a look at the Bike Auckland website for all things bike related.  

Northwest bus services under review

29/09/2020

Auckland Transport and NZTA are asking for feedback on proposals to significantly improve public transport connections to and from Auckland’s northwest.  The plan involves upgrading and extending the existing bus shoulder lanes along the Northwestern Motorway (SH16) and building interim bus stops at Westgate and the Lincoln Road and Te Atatū motorway interchanges.  This would enable a northwestern express bus service to use the motorway and connect with local feeder services operating to each station. The bus network would be reviewed.  Consultation closes 25th October.  Read Greater Auckland article below.  

Harbour Bridge lane closures - Public transport is a great option

21/09/2020

With the recent incident and work being undertaken by NZTA to repair the Harbour Bridge, it is recommend that you consider different travel options where possible.  You might want to consider travelling on public transport during off-peak hours, which will also allow you to take advantage of our 30% off-peak fares.

03/09/2020

To help everyone keep their distance from others on buses, trains, and most ferries during Alert Level 2, AT are discounting off-peak travel.  Adult passengers will receive a 30% discount off AT HOP fares for travel on weekdays after 9am and before 2.30pm, or after 6.30pm. Tertiary Students with a tertiary concession on their HOP card will also receive a 30% discount off an Adult AT HOP fare (rather than the usual 20% tertiary discount). This offer excludes the Waiheke ferry service. For full details click below.  

30/08/2020

AT have got some great information on how to travel in Auckland during alert level 2.5.  Check out this short how-to video about using public transport safely.  Ministry of Health has now made it mandatory for everyone over the age of 12 to wear a face covering while on public transport.  AT ask that you register your HOP card to assist with tracing, and physical distancing is required.  For full details click below.  

25/08/2020

Latest update from AT including fare integration with ferry operators.  Your last chance to enter the annual TravelWise Choices awards, the launch of a new Commuter Calculator - see how much you could save and details of Car Free day taking place 22 Sept.  Plus a report on how much flexible working we are all now doing.   Full details click below. 

23/08/2020

Auckland Transport (AT) is welcoming the Government’s decision to make face coverings mandatory on public transport starting Monday 31 August in Alert Level 2 or higher.  Children under 10 are currently exempt.  AT are also asking all passengers to register their HOP cards to enable fast contact tracing if necessary.  Full details can be seen below, along with the details of bus journeys where passengers may have come into contact with Covid 19.    

11/08/2020

With the difficult news that COVID-19 and Level 3 restrictions have returned, Heart of the City have put together a bulletin with reminders about the operational guidelines for Level 3 and details of the support that is currently available for business and individuals. Their website will also have updates on the services that will be operating to keep the City Centre safe under Level 3.  All businesses have one week to ensure the Covid tracer poster is publicly displayed.  

10/08/2020

A review of CCO's in Auckland has been published.  The report, which contains 64 recommendations, suggests a merger could save up to $67 million over the next decade.  The report  has looked at the work of Auckland Transport, ATEED, Watercare, Regional Facilities Auckland (RFA) and Panuku. One of the recommendations is that RFA and Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic development (ATEED) be merged to form one entity.  To view the full report click here.  

11/08/2020

Please see below details about taking public transport during Alert Level 3.  You must only use public transport when your journey is essential. The Government has advised that you must maintain physical distancing of two metres outside your home, including on public transport. The Government has recommended that you wear a mask if you are out and about, including while on public transport.  Click below for full details.

03/08/2020

THIS MEETING HAS BEEN CANCELLED

The next AC36 Community Liaison Group meeting will be held on Thursday 13th August 2020 at ASB, North Wharf in the Cube, 7am - 830am.  Updates from America's Cup Events Limited, Wynyard Edge Alliance, Auckland Transport and Panuku.  Come along and hear the latest news and updates on AC36.  

26/07/2020

This year’s round of the Auckland Transport Community Bike Fund is now open. The fund helps support communities and groups to deliver activities, events, and projects that encourage more people to ride bikes. The fund is open to community groups who can encourage and support cycling within their community, whether the group has a cycling focus or not. Groups can apply for funds between $300 to $5000, the closing date is 23 August 2020.

23/07/2020

Some key projects in the $100 million revamp of downtown Auckland will now not be ready in time for the America’s Cup due to construction delays during the coronavirus lockdown.  Upgrades to the harbour side of Quay Street and new ferry berths on Queens Wharf will miss their original December 2020 deadline.  Read this article from Stuff NZ below.  

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Harbour Crossing for active modes confirmed

4/06/2021

The Government has confirmed plans for a brand-new cycling and walking bridge across the Waitematā Harbour - at an estimated cost of $685 million.  Transport Minister Michael Wood announced the project, which features a new standalone structure right next to the existing Harbour Bridge, on its east (city) side. The new bridge will not carry buses or other vehicles.  The project is now approved and funded - and is expected to take five years to consent and build.  The new bridge is to become part of the Northern Pathway, which will extend dedicated cycling and walking routes to the North Shore.  Read the full article by NZ Herald below.

Panuku update  - lifting bridge works  

3/06/2021

This Panuku update focusses on the improvement works taking place in the Eastern Viaduct area.  This includes Quay Street, Te Wero Island, and the Te Wero Bridge. The Wynyard Crossing Bridge will undergo repair and maintenance works from 8 - 11 June 2021.  These works involve the hydraulic motors being replaced with electric motors.  Access over the bridge will be narrowed to allow for the motor replacement. Anyone travelling across the bridge on wheels is advised to dismount so that everyone can use the bridge safely.

Panuku ecognise the inconvenience these works can cause and are committed to delivering the repair and maintenance works as efficiently as possible. Click below to read the full update.

Is driving the new smoking?

24/05/2021

Greater Auckland likens the changes needed in transport to the changes we have seen in smoking over the last few decades.  The Ministry of Transport have issued a "green paper".  This outlines some pathways to reducing transport related emissions.  The article looks back on what our cities used to look like - including a network of trams - which were removed in favour of the private car.  Is it time to flip back and give priority to public transport and active modes?   The article looks back at how smoking has changed - bans on advertising, no smoking in bars - all of which was criticized by some.  

Is it time for the same thing to happen to transport? 

Public transport news from AT

24/05/2021

AT has introduced a cap on daily fares.  This means you will be able to travel all day on trains, buses and inner harbour ferries with an AT HOP card, and never pay more than $20.

The new ferry terminal pat of the Downtown project, will be open in July.  Millwater bus frequencies have been enhanced. Services will now run every 20 minutes.

City rail link works will mean changes to bus services - check out all the details in the link below.   

How are daily travel harms the planet

18/05/2021

This BBC article looks at ways of doing things differently if countries are going to reduce transport related green house gases.  How can we reduce the journeys we make or do we just all swap to EVs and carry on as usual? 10 years ago in the UK 70% of children walked to school - now less that 50% do.  Is that where we need to start? Electric bikes give us the freedom to travel further and electric buses carry more for way less emissions.  Do we need to sit and wait for others to do something or should we all be having our own divorce from the family car.  

Read the full article by Jocelyn Timperley below.  

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Govt new plans on reducing transport emissions 

24/05/2021

The Govt is asking for feedback on a range of potential policies to reduce emissions in the transport sector.  The "Pathways to Net Zero by 2050" report outlines potential policies and pathways to achieving net zero emissions.  The transport sector currently produces 47% of NZs CO2.  

Read the Greater Auckland article here 

Read the full Ministry of Transport report by clicking the link below.  Feedback is open until 25 June 2021. 

The tanks have gone from Wynyard Point

24/05/2021

The Brigham and Hamer Street loop has just reopened now that the tanks have all been removed from Wynyard Point. 

The roads had been closed to the public during the America's Cup build up.  Stolthaven cleared the last of the tanks from their site over the last weeks.  There is still more work to do in preparation for the creation of the public open space and mixed commercial /residential use of the area.

The tanks were heavily used and were a landmark for the area.  Click on the link below to read more 

Congestion charging in Auckland

24/05/2021

There is still time for you have your say say on the possible introduction of congestion charging in Auckland.  Some city centre spots have recorded very poor air quality so will reducing traffic congestion help us all breath more easily?  What will it mean for your commute into the city? How will it affect freight or those on low incomes?  Take a look at the plans and have your say by 20th May.  

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Road works in Auckland

24/05/2021

If you want to plan ahead check out this interactive map of all the current roadworks taking place around the City.  Zoom in to a particular area then click, to find out details of what is happening and when the works will start and finish.  This map has been produced by Auckland Transport and is updated regularly.  

Click on the link below to see the map.  

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Should there be a cycle lane over the Harbour Bridge?

24/05/2021

With growing uncertainty as to the future of the Skypath, Bike Auckland is calling for a lane on the Auckland Harbour Bridge to be converted for cycling, for a three-month trial period over summer.  They will be holding a rally on Sunday 30th May to galvanize support. NZ Herald takes a look at the arguments and concludes that a bike lane on the bridge could help reduce emissions.  The bike lane could also help encourage walking and cycling rather than driving from the North Shore. What do you think?  Read the full article below.

Image from Bike Auckland

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Is free public transport the answer?

24/05/2021

Getting people out of their cars and using public transport and/or active modes for more trips, is at the core of various plans and strategies to address climate change, reduce the impacts of congestion and generally improve liveability of the city. Mode-shift is needed, not just to help improve the lives of existing 1.7 million Aucklanders but it becomes even more critical as the city grows.  Greater Auckland takes a look at the issues around making public transport free. Take a look at what other cites such as Luxembourg, Olympia Washington, and Tallinn have done.  Would it work for Auckland? 

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Redevelopment of the Downtown car park

24/05/2021

The Downtown car park is to be put up for sale.  The site is 6,400m2 and is now up for redevelopment.  There are plans for a bus interchange as well as keeping some of the parking.  

Greater Auckland takes a look and what is being proposed - click here to read their first article.  

Heidi O'Callahan now takes a more in-depth look at the proposals and puts them in context with the City Centre Masterplan, the Auckland Climate Plan and Auckland Transport’s own mode shift plan, Better Travel Choices.

Click below to read her thoughts.  

Have your say on Land Transport Plan

24/05/2021

Auckland Transport is asking for feedback on the Regional Land Transport Plan 2021 to 2031 (RLTP).   Submissions close 2 May.  The RLTP outlines the areas that Auckland Transport, Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency and KiwiRail will focus on to respond to the region’s transport challenges. It will make significant improvements to: 

  • Travel choices for Aucklanders

    • Public transport

    • Walking and cycling

  • Our road network

  • Road safety

  • Environmental outcomes

  • Support growth and new housing developments

Click below to read the full report and watch a video.

NZ's first hydrogen bus launched in AKL

24/05/2021

Auckland Transport (AT) unveiled New Zealand’s first hydrogen fuel cell bus, as AT transitions to an emissions-free fleet.  The bus was unveiled by the Minister of Transport Michael Wood and Mayor of Auckland Phil Goff at Ports of Auckland – where the bus will be refuelled with green hydrogen.  The three-axle bus, which is AT’s biggest single deck bus, will be used to trial operational performance and see how operating costs compare to diesel and electric buses of similar configurations. It fits 43 seated adults and 31 standing adults.  The bus was built in Christchurch and will be operated for an initial two-year trial.  

Read more from AT in the link below

How do you feel about congestion charging?

24/05/2021

Aucklanders can have their say on whether motorists should pay congestion charges to use certain roads at certain times.  In an attempt to ease traffic woes,  Central Government, Auckland Transport and Auckland Council officials are considering the idea of introducing the road charges.  This was mooted in 2017, in a project dubbed The Congestion Question. Parliament’s Transport & Infrastructure Committee has called for submissions on The Congestion Question report as part of its inquiry.  Users would pay up to $3.50 at morning and evening peak times. Read the full Stuff article below. 

Click here to see how you can have your say read and read more documents.  Closing date is 20 May 2021.  

What's next for the Northern pathway?

24/05/2021

Reports suggest that the long awaited Northern Pathway (formerly known as Skypath) is in trouble.  There appears to be "significant and complex engineering issues".  However conflicting reports suggest the project could go ahead as a completely separate bridge. Read the latest Newshub update here.     

Read the full  Greater Auckland article and comments here

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Get ready for AC36 racing 

24/05/2021

The highly anticipated Race 1 will start on Wednesday March 10th at 4pm under Alert Level 2. The information in the bulletin below is to help you plan for the transport changes that will come into effect from 10th to 21st  March 2021.  You  can  also  check  for  public  transport  updates  and  traffic management details on the AT website   www.at.govt.nz/americascup  As Auckland is at Alert Level 2 check restrictions for this event.  During the 36th America’s Cup Match days AT will closely monitor pedestrian safety and traffic network operation and take a responsive approach.   Particularly should  Auckland’s  alert  levels change, and more people are allowed to gather under level 1.  Click below for full details.  

TravelWise Choices newsletter

24/05/2021

In this newsletter find out more about the Walk to Work Day planned for Wednesday 10th March.  This is the same day as the start of AC36 racing so it could be a good option, for anyone wanting to ditch the car.  There is a wrap up of the Bike Challenge and details of the ongoing enhancements to the City Centre.  

Click below to read the full bulletin.    

New train between Auckland & Hamilton

24/05/2021

The launch date for the new passenger rail service between Waikato and Auckland – has been confirmed as Tuesday, 6 April 2021.  There will be two return services on weekdays to get commuters to Papakura in time for the start of the workday. Departure from Frankton will be at 5.46am and 6.28am, stopping at Rotokauri and Huntly. The return service will depart from Papakura at 4.42pm and 6.25pm. Once in Auckland commuters will transfer to the AT Metro Southern Line and continue on to Auckland’s city centre. The estimated the total journey from Hamilton to Britomart will take 2 hours 30.  With free wifi and a cafe bar this sounds like a great option.  

Is the Harbour Bridge falling down? 

24/05/2021

Auckland's Harbour Bridge can't take any more strengthening and traffic will need to be restricted in order to maintain its "structural integrity".  NZTA, Waka Kotahi says the bridge has previously been strengthened several times but it is not possible to do it again due to the weight of the steel that would need to be added.  Instead, NZTA are proposing to introduce "active traffic management". NZTA commented “Our programme of ongoing monitoring, maintenance, upgrades and load management means the bridge is able to operate indefinitely as a key strategic asset in the Auckland network.”  Any limitations are likely to be around heavy vehicles.  

Read NZ Herald article here or the NZTA press release here or observations from Greater Auckland in the link below.