Auckland Transport’s latest board meeting is board meeting is on as this post is published and here are the things I found interesting.
The closed session normally contains what appears to be the most interesting items at the meeting. My comments about the items in italics
Items for Approval/Decision
- CPO/Britomart Group Agreement – I wonder if that relates to the suggestion to eventually build a permanent building behind the CPO.
- CRL Procurement update
- Park and Ride – I’m not sure what this entails, new Park and Rides, changing how they’re managed?
- Rail Procurement – I assume this relates to the procurement of services, if you recall they stopped the tender process last year.
- AT Technology Strategy
- Road Stoppings & Real Estate Inventory Optimisation
- Newmarket Level Crossing – Confirmation of NoR
- AMETI – Stage 2A Acquisition of land
Items for Noting
- EMU Project update
- Parking Future Platform update – I’m guessing this relates to the parking app we saw in the parking strategy video a few months back.
- Insurance update
- Unitary Plan verbal update – I’m not sure if any of the AT staff have been involved in the closed group reviewing the UP recommendations and if they were if they would be talking about this or just the UP process in general.
Moving on to the main Business Report and as usual I’ll just work through the report in the order highlighting the bits I find interesting.
RLTP Variation – AT have made a variation to the three-year Regional Land Transport Programme (RLTP) to include the Matakana Link Rd which suggests they’re planning on it being worked on within the next few years.
- Work on the indicative business case for the NW Busway is expected to start in August.
- AT say they’re working with the NZTA on integrating rapid transit options for the North Shore with the Additional Waitemata Harbour crossing route protection.
- A preferred network for the greenfield growth areas has been decided and will now be presented to the council. I assume they’ll be fairly similar to the draft networks that were proposed. They’ll now have Indicative business cases created.
Lincoln Rd – AT have lodged a resource consent application for the large widening of Lincoln Rd. They expect it to be open for submissions in August.
Parnell Station – Kiwirail plan to move the old Newmarket station to the site in November and it will then undergo an external refurbishment till April 2017. AT will also be doing work at the station including adding footpath connections and ticket gates. It hadn’t been clear before that they would be gating the station but it makes sense that they should be doing. They haven’t said yet when services will start stopping there
Otahuhu Bus/Train Interchange – AT say passengers will start using the new concourse from early October but the station will offically open on 29 October. They will also now be building a third platform, which is required for the CRL so means it can be done preventing disruption again in a few a year’s time.
New Network – AT are currently evaluating tenders for the West Auckland routes and will soon be launching tenders for Central, East and North Auckland which once awarded should allow the majority of the city’s new bus network to be implemented by the end of next year.
Bus performance and capacity – AT’s figures show bus reliability and punctuality are down on the same time last year and that a “A consolidated 12-month plan has been developed to address this and to manage capacity increases.” It’s interesting to see that Skybus which is a commercial service and outside of AT’s control performs considerably poorer than the other bus services. Conversely the Northern Express which has been gross contracted is the best performer, although the much better infrastructure helps here too (note: other services are generally net cost contracts until PTOM comes in)
Fare evasion and Security – AT say “Strategy discussions are progressing with Police around an enhanced joint approach to Metro security and fare enforcement.”
A few other things that I noticed that caught my attention.
Parking – the monthly indicators show parking occupancy in the city centre remains high both on and off street. On street parking prices in the city will be going up soon.
Forward Programme – This gives an indication as to what is being discussed in future board committee meetings and at the next meeting. One interesting item to the next Customer Focus Committee is that AT are looking to change the T&Cs of AT HOP top-ups.
Is there anything else you’ve seen in the reports you’ve found interesting?