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PTOM, the LTP, and ECans “new network”

April 4, 2012 by


The other day Cabinet approved the new framework for urban bus and ferry services, otherwise known as the Public Transport Operating Model (PTOM). The changes are a result of a review of the Public Transport Mangement Act 2008 (PTM), which was introduced by the Labour Government prior to the 2008 election. Many aspects of the PTM have been […]

Metro aim to improve on pre-quake patronage

March 16, 2012 by


An item attached to the minutes of an ECan meeting – a draft publication on the Long-Term Plan 2012-22 – recently caught my eye. Entitled “What do you think?” it has a series of articles on areas ECan want to get feedback on, including one section titled “Rebuilding Christchurch Metro Patronage” as follows: We believe […]

Metro patronage up

March 14, 2012 by


ECan reports today that 1,058,605 trips were made on the Metro system during February, the busiest month on the system since the earthquakes caused widespread disruption to the network. The previous high was recorded in November with 967,303 trips made, so this is the first time that patronage in a month has exceeded one million trips. This […]

More bus priority in 2012

March 13, 2012 by


Some good news. The latest stretch of bus priority lanes will come into operation on 20 March, along Main South Rd from the Sockburn roundabout to Halswell Junction Rd. This is a significant event as it marks the resumption of bus priority roll out (which seemed to be falling well behind even before the earthquake) and shows that authorities […]

Changes to Wellington Bus Network includes focus on core routes

March 4, 2012 by


Wellington has recently begun a review of its bus services, and has proposed some colossal changes to the way the entire network operates. Some of the changes have quite some resemblance to ideas discussed in recent posts on the future of the Christchurch bus network, so I thought it would be a good opportunity to look […]

Congestion highlights need for new direction

February 27, 2012 by


The Press reports today that traffic congestion in western Christchurch is on the rise. Congestion peaked in the months following the 2011 February earthquake, but had begun to ease by mid-year. However, congestion is creeping back up again, with Christchurch City Council road corridor operations manager Paul Burden calling it a “new normal” as new […]

A three tiered public transport network

February 21, 2012 by


Recently I posted about simplifying the bus network, and focusing attention and investment on a core network of routes which consist of pendulum style routes through the CBD, and cross-city routes which do not pass through the CBD, but which cross the pendulum routes at key suburban interchanges. This was followed up on with an excellent […]