More Failed Rail in New Zealand?

Owen McShane argues the newly consolidated Auckland Region government is turning to rail transit initiatives without any evidence that such projects actually work.

Like many governments before it, the Regional Council of Auckland Region has "fallen for the notion" that investment in heavy rail will spur economic growth, says McShane. The Council's new Vision for Auckland plan proposes a rail link to the Airport, a CBD rail loop, light rail on the surface streets, and a rail tunnel under the Waitemata harbour. However, McShane notes, rail projects rarely meet ridership or performance projections and typically experience large cost overruns, as evidenced by projects from the English Channel Tunnel to Denmark to Bay Area Rapid Transit's connection to Oakland airport.

There is little reason to believe Auckland's Vision plan will succeed where others have failed, McShane writes:

"No investment in rail in New World cities since the 1980s has resulted in a reduction in congestion. In most cases congestion has increased and public transport market share has diminished because the investment into rail has diminished funds for roads, buses and High Occupancy Toll lanes, measures that actually work to increase mobility."

Full Story: Retro Rail Alert

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New Geography: Subterranean?

One wonders what New Geography is thinking, having blatant ideologue McShane under their masthead. Surely they can do better by using more subtle ideologues for new blood.

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D

New Geography = Joke

Every New Geography article posted here is a joke... I read a couple, but they were so slanted and inaccurate I didn't waste my time on them anymore. It's basically a libertarian propaganda machine masquerading as a research-based journal.

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