How’s Auckland Transport Doing?


Auckland Transport says it has so far achieved 7 of its performance measures and for the other, had “marginal” achievemebt.
That’s not bad for a body only in operation since November.
And we have seen it act quickly in areas such as bus overcrowding and cycling issues on Tamaki Drive.

Auckland Transport CEO: We're doing well

Auckland Transport’s CEO David Warburton gave a rundown to this week’s Auckland Council Transport Committee on how well he thinks they are doing.

He presented this slide on the pressure on public transport:

And what was being done:

On HOP he revealed there will be a RWC one day pass:

On the issue of capital works and funding, he said $327m was forecast this year.

He listed key issues as being:

  • Capital prioritisation and funding envelope for 2011/12
  • Pressure on public transport
  • Integrated ticketing
  • RWC
  • Local boards
  • Governance

And while he said 60% of business is done in the public agenda  its not the percentage thats important: the real issues are behind closed doors - as they were in the Auckland Council meeting which later went into closed session on the contentious and important issue of rail funding -and the motions passed in secret will not be released.



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  1. Matt L says:

    In general I think AT have been good however I think some of the targets in their SOI, particularly around PT usage have been pretty weak. As an example they pretty much met their overall patronage target within their first month of operation. I think they need more realistic targets as well as stretch targets.

  2. Alex says:

    I think the targets when set were ambitious, and it was only the very recent influx of PT users that allowed AT to achieve their goals.

  3. rtc says:

    Agreed, their PT targets are basically much lower than what is being achieved by doing nothing - so I can’t say I’m that impressed with them achieving all their goals. Let’s see if they can maintain patronage if petrol prices fall.

  4. Matt L says:

    Alex - The targets which were in the SOI weren’t signed off till late last year, they had already exceeded their overall PT target when that was signed. Of course they didn’t confirm they had passed it as they didn’t release any patronage info until Feb.

  5. Julie Fairey says:

    Thanks for this informative post, I am finding your site a useful way to keep up to date on transport issues.
    From my perspective, as an elected member on the Puketapapa Local Board, we aren’t getting anywhere near this level of reporting on local transport issues, despite the co-governance commitment. While Local Boards have been assigned liaison people by AT, and I have sometimes found them very efficient at providing us with _requested_ information, there has not really been anything provided to us, pro-actively, to date. I hope we can change this in the future - all Local Boards will have significant transport issues that are peculiar to their area, and a flow of information from AT will be crucial to resolving these.

  6. George D says:

    Off topic, I know, but this is a public message from Joshua Arbury ( on Twiiter:

    “For all readers of “Auckland Transport Blog” I am working on sorting out the hosting problems and hope to get things back running soon.”

    Bluehost are notoriously quick to suspend a site at any allegation, so I wonder if there’s any hostile activity at play.

  7. Patrick R says:

    As Joyce has shown in the GPS release that he will not fund any new line in AK and barely a station over the next decade from the NLTF, it is now dependent on AT to keep up the investment in rail infrastructure. This means dumping unnecessaries like Penlink, and funding the vital new staion on the Eastern line [move of Meadowbank], Parnell, and especially the co-ordination of buses to appropriate stations. As well as working towards the construction of the CBDRL, forcing a change of government view on this.

  8. Matt says:

    Patrick, a big problem is KR’s role in all of this. They’re directed by Joyce, and must be complicit in any activity relating to the tracks or immediate environs. So if Joyce directs them to refuse access to carry out station construction, AT is thoroughly screwed. He could even stymie the designation of the tunnel route, though the Council can probably find a way to fudge it as their own designation and then transfer it to KR when an amenable Minister has the chair.

  9. rtc says:

    @Matt - I don’t think Joyce is opposed to PT investment as long as he doesn’t fund it, i.e. he’ll be happy for the tunnel to be built as long as ALL of the funds come from a private company or from AC/AT. The same goes for station upgrades, he doesn’t care enough to make an effort to stop them, rather he stops them by not funding PT full stop. If I had 30 billion in the bank and offered to bank roll the whole project in Auckland, Joyce would be happy to shake hands with me and make out it demonstrates what a great minister he is…

  10. Julie Fairey says:

    You’ll be pleased to know that Roger Wilson from AT came to our Board business meeting last night, possibly partly as a result of reading the above comment from me (which he mentioned in his speech to us) (Hi Roger!).

  11. Matt says:

    rtc, I’m not convinced on that. KR would have to fund the designation, for appearances of propriety if nothing else. And Joyce will happily stamp all over that exercise.

    The best solution is for National to get the flick in November, but I’m unhappily unsure that there’s much chance of that happening.

  12. Patrick R says:

    matt + rtc, it doesn’t matter what Joyce wants, what matters is how much damage he is able to get away with. He is susceptible to pressure and public opinion like every politician. It mightn’t seem like it now, but he is, don’t waste effort speculating on his sad little desires, concentrate on what we can do to move things in the right direction.

    And certainly Auckland council and people doing everything we can to work towards the CBDRL being built is worth doing.

  13. mark says:

    “He is susceptible to pressure and public opinion like every politician.”

    He is, but sadly much LESS so than other politicians, because he BELIEVES in motorways. He’s one of those politicians who do NOT look at opinion polls much. Funny, one always wants people like him, rather than the classical weather vane pols - and then one gets them in the dinosaur camp!


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