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 …

A Critical Review of Social Justice Theories in Public Transit Planning

One of the most common areas in public transit planning that has been under investigation is the inclusion of “social justice”. In its simplest form, social justice demands more equitable access for all residents to resources that are provided by a city. However, public transit plans are typically guided by maximising tangible measures such as …

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). …

Justice in public transport systems: A comparative study of Auckland, Brisbane, Perth and Vancouver

Although the concept of social justice seems to be ubiquitous in most transportation plans, methods adopted to evaluate transit systems have little engagement with political theories to define justice. Without a proper definition, transport planners will be unable to design transit systems that achieve justice. The present study proposes a combination of sufficientarianism and egalitarianism …

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 …