Posts by Joshua Arbury

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  • Hard News: You can Roughan but you just…,

    It's frustrating how "mode oriented" public transport debates often are. Buses, trains, ferries and even trams all do different things and it's almost certain we need all of them to complement each other and create a world class PT system for Auckland.

    Take a look at somewhere like Vancouver. It has a relatively small rail system (similar to Auckland in terms of km and number of stations) but it's rail that does the real hard work of the system carrying around 140m trips (generally long ones) a year.

    That "core" provided by rail lets Vancouver run an excellent bus system by letting buses do what they do best (shorter trips on lower demand corridors).

    Auckland • Since May 2009 • 233 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Waterview Bore, in reply to Roger,

    Roger, yes the section from Dominion Road to Onehunga is very difficult and expensive. The section between Dominion Road and the Western Line is easy and cheap and with new stations at Stoddard Road and Dominion Road could be a really nifty little addition to the rail network - one that takes advantage of the capacity opened up by CRL.

    Something like this: http://transportblog.co.nz/2011/11/21/the-avondale-mt-roskill-spur/

    Auckland • Since May 2009 • 233 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Waterview Bore,

    A few comments:

    1) Yes the tunnel goes underneath the waterfall (maybe not directly) and underneath Oakley Creek. Very little impact there.

    2) The Avondale-Southdown railway line may actually be needed (or at least the western section of it) a bit earlier than was previously thought. It'd be a pretty cheap extension to the rail network post CRL that could generate significant rail patronage. So I think we should expect a two-track railway line through there in the future. Pak N Save is just outside the rail designation.

    3) Waterview Connection was always promoted as the "last piece of the motorway network". It will be particularly interesting whether that stays true over time or not

    Auckland • Since May 2009 • 233 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: It's not funny because it's…,

    Also surprising that Brownlee doesn't want to do business cases for walking/cycling projects or for NZTA to investigate the economic impact of urban form from a transport perspective.

    Auckland • Since May 2009 • 233 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: It's not funny because it's…,

    The "Levin to Wellington Airport" Wellington Northern Corridor suggests that there's a decent chance the Otaki to Levin section is/was part if that project.

    Auckland • Since May 2009 • 233 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: It was a munted year,

    "It was a munted year."

    Yep, it sure was.

    Auckland • Since May 2009 • 233 posts Report Reply

  • OnPoint: Dear Labour Caucus,

    Whoever wins the leadership battle, I hope like he'll it is because Labour MPs think that's the person who can win the next election, not because it's a mate or there's a promise of a plum job. Another 2 terms of National would really hurt the country.

    Auckland • Since May 2009 • 233 posts Report Reply

  • Legal Beagle: Election #11: Notings,

    Fair point on semantics Graeme.

    I realise some Green voters hate Labour as much as National/Act/UF. I just wonder whether it's still not getting through that vote splitting is fine.

    Auckland • Since May 2009 • 233 posts Report Reply

  • Legal Beagle: Election #11: Notings,

    Also interesting too see that if everyone who voted Garth Hughes had voted for Chauvel then he would have won Ohariu. Also all those Parker/Hay votes in Epsom would have elected Goldsmith and kept Banks out.

    Lefties really need to learn how to vote strategically.

    Auckland • Since May 2009 • 233 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Public Address Word of…,

    A vote here for earthquake or #eqnz . I suspect in 20 years time that's how we'll look back at 2011. What a mad year.

    Auckland • Since May 2009 • 233 posts Report Reply

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