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Old July 4th, 2012, 12:09 AM   #141
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City Rail Link Route Identified


Auckland Transport has identified a route through the city centre for the City Rail Link (CRL) the next step in passenger rail development for Auckland, and is now making contact with directly affected landowners prior to seeking planning protection for the route. The CRL will extend the existing rail line underground through Britomart, under Albert, Vincent and Pitt Streets, then beneath Karangahape Road and the Central Motorway Junction to Symonds Street before rising to join the western line near Eden Terrace. Mayor Len Brown says the route identification is the next big step towards the completion of one of the most important public transport projects in the recent history of Auckland.

“The CRL won’t just provide a convenient train line below the city centre. It will unleash the potential of the entire suburban rail network, increasing frequency, reliability, and speed of trains across all of Auckland,” says mayor Len Brown. Auckland Transport’s chief executive David Warburton said the CRL will provide for three additional city centre stations in the vicinity of the Aotea Centre, Karangahape Road and Newton and an interchange adjacent to New North Road. “Our priority is to let property owners directly affected by the City Rail Link know about the route first and then we’ll engage with wider interests.” The CRL will require the future purchase of surface property from 210 owners. Underground portions of land from 70 interests including 12 unit title developments with multiple owners will also need to be purchased for the tunnels and stations.

“Our focus is on protecting a route for the CRL. We first want to work with landowners to help ensure they are well informed and to help us understand their issues. Property purchase is a second step.” “We are aware that property owners adjacent to the CRL will want to know more about future construction impacts such as noise, vibration and access. We will explain these over the next few months and address them at a greater level of detail in future design and resource consent processes.” he said. Britomart will become a through station as was originally envisaged when it was built, allowing faster, more frequent and more reliable services across the whole Auckland passenger rail network.

“Improved accessibility is a key to Auckland’s economic growth and that of New Zealand. The CRL will future-proof transport demands for an Auckland that will be home to two thirds of New Zealand’s growth over the next three decades.” The CRL builds on previous public transport investment including Britomart, double tracking and electric trains. It will provide more trains more often, with faster more reliable and direct services, to more destinations. He says both Auckland Council and central government agree it makes strategic sense to protect the route now. The CRL will be built in two 3.5km long, twin tunnels up to 45 metres below the city. As much as possible, the project will be built below city streets to reduce the effects on property owners and city heritage buildings.

Information on the project is available on the project website www.cityraillink.co.nz

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When the heritage tram of Christchurch has suspended due to earthquake damage, thankfully, it was replaced in New Zealand by opening a different heritage tram service, i.e. in Auckland in 2011.

Auckland returned tram after long 55 years, although as a small heritage system, but some is better than none.



Previously Auckland was a large tram network, with 18 routes, consisting 72 Km network. It was started as a horse tram in 1884, and finally to electric tram in 1902, (in the same year when my city Kolkata opened their electric tram which is still running). The main terminus was Queens Street, from where most routes was originated. The network covered entire city.



But like most cities around the world, Algiers shook by anti tram craze in sixties, and closed the network in 1956. It was last but 3rd tram closure of New Zealand.

Thankfully, tram returned here in 2011, and currently it is the only tram system of New Zealand, and also one of the major tourist attraction.




The hetritage tram with two different rolling stock, matching with original colour scheme.
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Video of the CRL Project and the new trains ...

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Awesome. I guess basically every real big city in Australia/NZ now has or is getting electrified suburban trains with direct city center stations.

Will Wellington ever extend it's rail terminus a mile or two to the CBD or would that be a bit pie in the sky?
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Awesome. I guess basically every real big city in Australia/NZ now has or is getting electrified suburban trains with direct city center stations.

Will Wellington ever extend it's rail terminus a mile or two to the CBD or would that be a bit pie in the sky?
It is a bit pie in the sky due to the population of Wellington and the fact that it would be prohibitively difficult to tunnel under the city. Plus, it really isn't far from the train station to the CBD.
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Old August 29th, 2012, 08:54 AM   #146
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Trains included in $3.4b road fund

Auckland will get about $3.4billion of the $12.3b spent on transport in the next three years and the Government has stressed that $890 million of it will be spent on public transport. Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee said the new programme was the largest of its kind in New Zealand's history and would fund infrastructure and services such as state highway improvements and the Government's "roads of national significance". The National Land Transport Plan says that Auckland, with the highest traffic flows, the greatest proportion of freight traffic and the most severe congestion in the country, is holding back "its contribution to the country's economic growth". The new plan continues the Western Ring Route through Waterview, which includes a tunnel and connecting the western motorway system and the Auckland Manukau Eastern Transport Initiative (AMETI). Both are already underway. The public transport funding will include 57 electric trains, electrification and station upgrades. It also calls for integrated public transport ticketing, but appears to have been written before last week's failure of the Snapper ticketing system in Auckland.

The report says in 2011 the Auckland region had 48 deaths and 350 serious injuries on its network which is high, but comparatively good against other regions when vehicle kilometres travelled are considered. Dispute the major public works underway in east Auckland, AMETI has been little noticed. Today's report says it is a 30-year, $1.5 billion strategy aimed at dealing with current traffic congestion, poor transport options and projected growth in a vital retail, commercial and residential area. It includes improved rail facilities, a larger bus transport hub, and faster and more frequent bus services. The report also outlines plans for heavy and long vehicles. "Allowing trucks to carry more per trip could reduce the number of trips needed to cope with increasing freight volumes." The plan also lists other regionally significant projects likely to be considered for funding between 2012 and 2018.

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remove strategic route pinch points eg southern motorway Hill Rd to Takinini

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upgrade regional arterials focusing on passenger transport and freight

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the City Rail Link

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Puhoi to Wellsford motorway connection planned with Puhoi to Warkworth constructed

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additional Waitemata Harbour Crossing (investigation)

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develop "single system" including Advanced Traffic Management Systems Stage V, signal Optimisation, ramp metering and freight priority lanes

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further development of cycleways along state highway corridors

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busway extension Albany to Hibiscus Coast (designation)

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South-west airport multi-modal corridor (early stages only)

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Southdown to Avondale rail corridor designated

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Botany to Manukau (investigation)

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Henderson to Albany (investigation)

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Red light camera installation

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Mill Road (regional arterial connection between Botany Downs and Papakura)
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More people on buses, trains, ferries

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More people than ever are using public transport to get into Auckland city, newly released figures show. The results of the Central Area Passenger Transport Survey reveal that city public transport patronage has grown by 3.4 per cent since 2011 and is at its highest level since the survey began in 1986. The annual survey focuses on bus, train and ferry passengers entering the central city and since 2008 has also included pedestrians and cyclists. Overall patronage has increased steadily by 146 per cent since 1994. Bus patronage has jumped 97 per cent, bus services by 56 per cent and ferry use has risen by 171 per cent. Following the opening of the the Britomart terminal in 2002 rail patronage has increased by 500 per cent, while the numbers of people walking and cycling have increased by 27 and 57 per cent. The council's Auckland Plan stated that the city's transport system is "overburdened" and inefficient and there is an over-reliance on private cars resulting in heavily congested roads and motorways, and a dependence on imported fuels. Auckland residents are also been exposed to harmful pollutants. The Plan made three recommendations to address the problems: improve and complete existing road and rail networks, encourage the use of public transport and support environmentally friendly initiatives such as walking and cycling. The survey results will be presented to the Transport Committee of the Auckland Council on Wednesday.
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Auckland commuters may soon get cheaper and more consistent travel through a zone-based fare system which would allow unlimited travel within a certain area and timeframe. Auckland Council's Transport Committee will tomorrow discuss different options for integrated ticketing and is expected to adopt the system after pulling out of a deal with electronic card supplied Snapper last month. Despite the introduction of integrated ticketing, like the HOP Card, the current fare system does not adequately support the city's public transport goals, city officers believe. At present, short trips can cost more than long trips because of stage boundaries.

For example a train trip from Morningside to Grafton is two stages, while the much longer trip between Kingsland and Britomart is one. As each route has its own stage boundaries, there are a number of anomalies in the system for trips from one point to another. A train trip from Sylvia Park to Britomart is three stages, but three to five stages by bus, depending on which bus is taken. The new system would mean that users could have unlimited travel within a certain number of zones across a certain time period. Auckland Transport scrapped the contract with Snapper after it failed to meet deadlines to change to the new system. Auckland Transport plans to introduce a new "AT Hop" card that passengers can use on trains, ferries and buses. The card would be swapped out for old HOP cards next year and would come into effect on trains and ferries over the next two months.
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AUCKLAND TRANSPORT MAPS KEY TO GOOGLE’S BIKING DIRECTIONS LAUNCH

Auckland Transport is delighted to have partnered with Google as the global giant unveils its new cycle route journey planner throughout Australasia today. Auckland Transport has provided the cycle route maps and infrastructure for the Auckland area which will allow users to view and plan cycle journeys using the Google Maps website and the mobile application. Wellington is the only other city in New Zealand to be included in the new planner. The option to plan a cycle journey will sit alongside the existing walk, drive and public transport travel options on Google maps. Auckland Transport already produces cycle maps area-based cycle maps which are being utilised by Google to get the ‘biking directions’ up and running. “We are extremely proud to be part of this Google initiative”, says Auckland Transport’s Community Transport Manager, Mr Mathew Rednall. “This is a fantastic boost for cycling in Auckland, one which will literally revolutionise the way that cyclists use facilities and infrastructure across the city. Maps Product Manager for Google Australia, Nabil Naghdy says the biking directions will help users plan point to point routes on cycle paths and roads preferred for cycling.

” It also keeps cycling top of mind because it appears right next to driving directions within Google Maps. We really hope it will encourage more people to start using cycling for their commute and recreation.” The new cycling feature includes step-by-step cycling directions, cycle trails outlined directly on the map and a new ‘cycling’ layer that indicates bike trails, bike lanes and bike-friendly roads. The biking directions will include information about bike trails, lanes and recommended roads. This will help users get a better sense of their route and find trails nearby for a recreational ride. Mayor Len Brown has welcomed the route planner. “The promotion of cycling is an important part of the push to get Auckland moving, cutting congestion and keeping Aucklanders fit. The initiative is a great way to support that.” The launch follows the release of Auckland Transport’s updated cycle maps for the Southern, Eastern and Western areas. For more details and to order any of the cycle maps, please visit www.maxx.co.nz
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Telecom is hitching up to Auckland's $110 million transport ticketing project by turning smartphones into wallets for use on buses, trains and ferries. The company yesterday showed the technology in action at its testing laboratory in expectation of making it available late next year for payments to retailers as well as public transport. Smartphones loaded with an electronic version of Auckland Transport's new Hop card alongside a Westpac MasterCard and Telecom payment account were used to open replicas of passenger gates already installed at key railway stations, with electronic monitors showing credit balances. But Auckland Transport says its priority is to ensure an updated version of the plastic Hop card is ready for travel on trains from October 28 before allowing a smartphone trial. "We want to make sure the core system working the cards is 100 per cent ready to go before we open it up," chief operating officer Greg Edmonds told the Herald. About 100 people are involved in a field trial of the Hop card on the rail network, and Mr Edmonds says that number will be ramped up over the next few weeks before the system is activated for general public use ... MORE
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Auckland buses face a major shakeup, and the region could be divided into zones similar to London's network as authorities look to streamline services and fares. Changes to about 400 services proposed by Auckland Transport are being put up today for a month of public consultations. Regular services could be cut to about 130, bolstered with 40 peak-only commuter runs, but the council body says there will be only minor changes to coverage. It says its priority is to simplify the network in return for service frequencies of 15 minutes or better between 7am and 7pm each day along about 30 bus corridors, and more often at peak times. Click here for a closer look at the transport proposal. These will be complemented by "connector" buses running every 30 minutes, and localised and targeted services. It has created a Tube-style map showing services running in Auckland, and the "zones" fares could soon be linked to ... MORE
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A big day for Auckland, the underground City Rail Link has been approved ...


Prime Minister John Key has confirmed the Government will back the building of an Auckland rail loop, but is proposing it start in 2020 - later than Auckland Council's target. Auckland Mayor Len Brown's pet project, the $2.86 billion city rail link forming a loop was signed off by the Auckland Council in May last year. The project as planned would require central government to put in funding, however Key today would not say how much the Government would contribute. He said he would spell out more details in a speech on Friday, which would cover other transport issues as well as the rail loop. It was not realistic for Auckland to pay for it all itself, or for the Government's share to to come from the land transport fund ... MORE

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On-track testing has started for Auckland’s new trains.

The first train arrived in August and this morning went out on the lines between the Wiri train depot and Puhinui station for initial testing. Auckland Transport chairman, Dr Lester Levy, says testing was a great success. “These trains meet all our demands. They are a giant leap forward for passengers, they are comfortable, clean, efficient and quiet. Aucklanders will enjoy travelling on them.” Testing and driver training will be done over the next few months with the first trains due to go into service on the Onehunga line in April. Auckland Transport has 57 three-car trains on order and all are due to be in service by late 2015. The trains have been designed specifically for the needs of Aucklanders and meet the latest in comfort, safety and technology. Each train has room for 375 passengers, open gangways between cars allow movement from one end of the train to the other. Security and safety features include an on-board CCTV camera system which operates continuously in all cars, providing images to the driver from any of the 16 cameras. Images will be continuously recorded on-board. Emergency call points, which can be found throughout the train, allowing passengers to communicate directly with the train crew in the event of an incident. A reminder, overhead lines for the trains are now live across Auckland. The lines carry 25,000 volts which is 100 times more powerful than the supply used in homes.

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Looks fantastic & will be welcomed by commuters, who hopefully will embrace electrification.
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The second video does a good job showing the big difference in noise pollution between the noisy locomotive hauled trains and the new EMU's.
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Just some quick photos from my time in Auckland when visiting my family in December 2013 and January 2014.

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Auckland's new electric trains

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Auckland electrification complete
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NEW ZEALAND: Auckland Transport’s Western Line was energised on September 4, completing the electrification of the city’s suburban network. Electric services on the Newmarket – Swanson route are scheduled to begin running next year.

The first electric services started running in April on the Southern Line between Britomart and Onehunga.

Electric services were introduced on the Eastern Line and the branch to Manukau from August 15, in a phased programme with selected services switching over as the new EMUs enter traffic.

Auckland’s 25 kV 50 Hz electrification programme was launched in 2009 and covers three suburban lines and two branches totalling 150 route-km
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