Transport Accessibility in Auckland

Measuring accessibility There is a subtle difference between transit accessibility and the accessibilities provided by other transportation modes. The main difference of transit accessibility is in its schedule. While travel time to/from transport and in-vehicle time is common between car and transit, the real test of freedom in transit relies on its spontaneity. Frequency has …

Fixing the reliability issue of public transport in Auckland: A short term solution.

Introduction Bus service, especially in busy urban areas, is facing the challenge to enhance its reliability. Studies have revealed that unreliability can seriously undermine the attractiveness of bus service (Lin et al., 2008). Hence, most transit agencies have monitored service reliability as one of the key performance measures for their bus operations (Benn and Barton-Aschman, 1995). …

Transport Accessibility and Mode Shift

Introduction Aucklanders are heavily reliant on their cars to meet their travel needs with more than 80% of daily trips being made by cars. However, the high socio-economic costs of private cars such as congestion, poor quality urban environments, pollution and carbon emissions, poor public health and high travel costs to name a few, have …

Car, transit, or bicycle who wins in a March Madness race?

I recently saw an article in NZ Herald about a race between 4 people using different transportation modes (car, bus, bicycle, and train) to travel from New Lynn into the city. Google Maps can provide an estimation of travel time for all these modes but the experiment showed the actual travel time can be different. The final …

Justice, the missing piece in the Labour-led government’s transport plan.

Introduction The new Labour-led Government has announced new plans for Auckland’s public transport (PT) network including a multibillion-dollar investment in light rail to the airport and West Auckland. These project has been part of Labour’s transport policies to make “Auckland a world-class city”. In Labour’s transport manifesto, PT is about giving choices to people, having …