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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 […]

Treasury were concerned about removing regional fuel tax

December 6, 2011 by


Prior to the 2008 election, the Labour Government introduced legislation that would have allowed individual regions (i.e., regional council’s and unitary authorities) to introduce a regional fuel tax to pay for their own transport projects. When National came to power, Minister of Transport Steven Joyce reversed that policy. Now it turns out he did so against the advice of […]

Kiwis support greater public transport spending – poll

November 17, 2011 by


According to a Labour Party release, a Colmar Brunton poll shows 70 percent of New Zealanders support increased funding for public transport, while 78 percent of Aucklanders support more of the transport budget being spent on public transport. Food for thought. It is also good to see public transport starting to get a bit of […]

More RoNS for Christchurch – and not much else?

November 15, 2011 by


  There is no doubt in my mind that Christchurch does need some significant highway improvement, particularly given the growth in the north and south (and the Christchurch RoNS have strong BCRs). However, I have always been concerned at the lack of balance in transport funding earmarked for greater Christchurch, and have had cause for further […]

Auckland gets new rail deal – will Christchurch?

September 4, 2011 by


Last week the Government announced new details around the purchase of electric trains for Auckland. The deal involves: the purchase of 57 three car electric multiple units (up from the original 38) A $500 million Crown loan to purchase electric trains to be made to Auckland Council Funding assistance from the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) […]

Changes to bus system need to be big and bold

August 9, 2011 by


Nothing is ever easy, and when it comes to sorting out public transport in Christchurch these days that is certainly an understatement. Our public transport system has to deal with a mostly closed CBD, stuffed-up roads, a mish mash of new business hubs, changed travel patterns, a lack of a central hub, and increased congestion. […]

Council looking for more balance in transport funding?

June 8, 2011 by


Something that kind of slipped past me the other day was the Christchurch City Council’s submission on the Government Policy Statement on Land Transport Funding 2012/13 – 2021/22 (GPS) which was adopted at the Council’s meeting on 26 May. While I haven’t seen a copy of the submission, the main points to it are outlined […]