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The following posts are filed under: Utilities & Infrastructure.

Wet Wet Wetlington

Wellington winter means lots of water. Falling from the sky, and then being all around us… and being all up in our face where we don’t want it. What can we do?

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Harumphing vs experts: who’d we rather listen to?

Coverage of the continuing seal failures of the Kapiti Expressway reveals some things about how the media do “balance” in reporting about road engineering

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Time is money: simple, and problematic

We invest in transport because – overwhelmingly – the calculations say we will get where we’re going faster and time is valuable so it’s worth it. But the ways we’ve assigned a dollar value to it are pretty weird, explains Matt Lowrie of Greater Auckland.

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Singing country on metropolitan rail

No it’s not that random guy on your train with headphones who sings out loud to his Tami Nielson. It’s guest poster Eye-rarapa who’s fired up about Auckland trainspotter Harriet Gale’s suggestions for improving trains in his beloved Wairarapa.  

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NZ roads: heaps safer soon?

News!  The government’s going to spend our dollars differently on transport: less of some stuff, and more of other stuff.  Greater Auckland’s Matt Lowrie has read the new draft Transport Investment Proposal so you don’t have to.  And it’s good news if you think our road toll trend is a bad thing. This post was originally…

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Regional fuel taxes

Wellington’s councillors recently asked the government for permission to use a regional fuel tax to help pay for our transport infrastructure improvements.  Guest author Taximan muses on the true costs of transport, and on the odds our leaders would spend more money well.

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“Of course it’s worth it, they’ve said we’ll save 25 minutes at peak”

Travel times are at the heart of transport business cases. Business cases are how bureaucrats decide what’s worth spending your money on and what’s not (before politics), and we invest billions of public dollars every year on transport according to business cases. You’d hope they’ve got fundamentally sensible calculations of benefit to the nation… but do they?
Harriet Gale of Greater Auckland points out some big questions regarding how we do our sums.

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“We want progressive!” says Wellington

The public feedback from Let’s Get Wellington Moving is now released. For those hoping for a more progressive direction for Wellington City’s transport, it sounds pretty good… a few initial thoughts while we read the report!

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Weekend Reading 16.12.17

  Maaaate… we’re getting a bit touchy feely in this Weekend Reading: this week, being happy and having friends.  Awwwww.

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Let’s Get Wellington Moving 3: Planning For Our Future!* (*in goldfish years)

In our third of three substantive posts, Talk Wellington looks at Let’s Get Wellington Moving’s approach to moving Wellington’s imminently burgeoning population. First: some city transport basics. Then: LGWM… and goldfish time.  

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