Get In The Loop

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Auckland is a great big city; so why doesn’t it have a great big city transit system? That’s the question posed by inthel00p.co.nz, a brand new ‘fashion activist’ website.

With designs based on famous subway or metro signs, you’ll stay stylish while making a statement. Plus for every t-shirt sold via this website, they will give $10 to the Campaign for Better Transport! Simply order at their website, and enter ‘CBT’ in the special delivery instructions field. If you have any queries, please contact them directly.

Election 2011: The Future of Auckland’s Transport

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The Campaign for Better Transport has invited the main political parties in the forthcoming general election to tell us their vision for the future of transport in Auckland.  Confirmed speakers for the public meeting include:

  • David Bennett, MP (National)
  • Shane Jones, MP (Labour)
  • Gareth Hughes, MP (Greens)
  • Don Brash (ACT)
  • Colin Craig (Conservatives)

The event is being held on Thursday 10th November, 7:00pm at the Pioneer Women’s and Ellen Melville Hall, Freyberg Place, Auckland Central.

Space is strictly limited – reserve your place by getting your free ticket from http://bettertransportnov11.eventbrite.com/

Each speaker will be given 10 minutes to explain their party’s stance on all modes of transport and issues that affect the Auckland region in particular.

We are requesting each speaker address the following two issues within their speech:

1. What does your party believe to be the best way to allocate centrally-held funds to different transport modes (road/rail/sea/active) and why.

2. What does your party propose to do over the next three years to improve transport in Auckland?

It should be a great night! Again space is limited and you will need a ticket to get in. Go to http://bettertransportnov11.eventbrite.com/ to secure your ticket now.

Rally for Rail Event Cancelled

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Our proposed Rally for Rail is no longer going ahead due to resourcing constraints, and the fact that the Victoria Park Tunnel opening is also going to be held on the 29th October.  Come along instead to our public meeting on the 10th November.  Details on that are on the Events page.

Call for NW Busway

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As reported in the Herald, Labour MP Phil Twyford is proposing a busway along the North Western motorway.

Mr Twyford, who said the proposal originated with the Campaign for Better Transport and had support from western business groups as well as three local boards, won a committee resolution for officers to seek a report from the council-controlled Auckland Transport.

He said the $350 million proposal would complement the western railway line, which went nowhere near Te Atatu and the high-growth northern sector of the former Waitakere City. He preferred it to run down the middle of the motorway and said it would cut the typical bus trips from Westgate to central Auckland from about 60 minutes to about 18 minutes.

This is a great idea and one that the CBT attempted to push a couple of  years back.  The unfortunate thing about all this is that the Waterview to Lincoln Rd section will already be subject to signficant widening as part of the Waterview upgrade.  However NZTA have only committed to bus shoulder lanes, leaving 9 lanes of traffic freely open to single occupant cars at all times of the day.

Hopefully the horse hasn’t bolted and it isn’t too late. The thing about this is that it can be done in a phased manner.  Auckland Transport blog carries on with the debate here.


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