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MRCagney Blog

Road pricing: a boost for Auckland’s transit?

Wed, September 15, 2021  | 
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This post from Nicolas Reid, our Principal Public Transport Planner, was originally posted on LinkedIn. 

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Novelty mugs and New Zealand’s problem with public open space

Wed, September 15, 2021  | 
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This post from Jesse Prendergast, a Transport Planner and Analyst at MRCagney, was originally published on Linkedin.

How does the layout of our cities affect access to public open space? Do we have enough parkland to go around?

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Sex(uality) in the city: Planning for queerer public space

Thu, August 19, 2021  | 
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This post from Kiri Crossland, a Transport Planner at MRCagney, was originally published in the July 2021 issue of Planning Quarterly and is reshared here with permission. For the full issue, please visit the New Zealand Planning Institute Website.

In the spirit of Eleanor Mohammed’s NZPI 2021 conference address which called on planners to hear different ideas and distinct voices, I write from my perspective as both a Pākehā queer femme and a planner to consider how planners can make public spaces safer for queer communities.

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Reimagining pedestrian cut throughs and pedestrian streets

Thu, July 8, 2021  | 
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This post from Malcolm McCracken, a Transport Planner at MRCagney, was originally posted on LinkedIn.

If you know your neighbourhood like the back of your hand, you know where the pedestrian cut throughs are. You also know which ones feel scary, and which ones you would avoid. Why is this? If a cut through is put in place to improve access, shouldn’t it be inviting, safe, and functional? As our cities change, we have an opportunity to improve the humble cut through, fundamentally changing the role that space plays.

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Equity in Auckland’s Transport System: LGBTQI+ Communities

Thu, July 8, 2021  | 
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This post from Kiri Crossland, a Transport Planner at MRCagney, was originally posted on LinkedIn.

Queer people love the bus. I’m not sure how a love for cramming into the so called ‘loser cruiser’ with 40-odd strangers made it into queer culture, but somehow it did.

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Improving walkability to rapid transit

Thu, July 8, 2021  | 
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This post from Malcolm McCracken, a Transport Planner at MRCagney, was originally posted on LinkedIn.

How far are you willing to walk to access your nearest public transport stop? How much extra distance are you covering, because the most direct link isn’t there? Maybe this infuriates you every day, or maybe you’ve never considered it. Either way, this small question has huge implications for how many people can access our public transport network.

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A shuttle for the Onehunga Branch Line?

Thu, May 13, 2021  | 
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This post from Nicolas Reid, our Principal Public Transport Planner, was originally posted on LinkedIn. 

This article explains the constraints of the Onehunga Branch Line and raises the question of the trade off between higher frequencies but requiring a transfer or lower frequency but a one seat journey to Britomart.

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The Auckland Harbour Bridge clip-ons, planning disaster… or best practice?

Thu, May 13, 2021  | 
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This post from Nicolas Reid, our Principal Public Transport Planner, was originally posted on LinkedIn. 

This article covers the history of the Auckland Harbour Bridge and outlines the benefits of the staged expansion.

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A interim option for an Auckland Harbour Bridge footpath and cycleway?

Wed, April 21, 2021  | 

This post from Nicolas Reid, our Principal Public Transport Planner, was originally posted on LinkedIn. 

This article outlines a potential option to add separate walking and cycling paths to the Auckland Harbour Bridge, as an 'minimum standard' interim until a new bridge can be built. 

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Introducing Transport2030.org

Fri, May 15, 2020  | 

This blog post from NZ General Manager Jenson Varghese first appeared on LinkedIn.

I’ve been working from home now for 6 weeks. Even though I did work at home a little before lock-down, it was by choice and a chance for quiet work than for any other reason. Working from home is one thing but being at home trying to work is something else as I'm sure many of us have discovered.

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MRCNZ15: Milestones

Mon, May 6, 2019  | 
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Last year we celebrated 15 years of MRCagney in New Zealand. As part of that we looked back on some of our favourite and most influential projects. 

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MRCNZ: The Northern Busway

Tue, February 19, 2019  | 
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This set of blogs celebrates our 15th birthday, but in 2018 there was another anniversary close to our heart. 

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MRCNZ15: Women in Urbanism Aotearoa

Thu, February 7, 2019  | 
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Today for MRCNZ15 Emma Mcinnes writes about Women in Urbanism Aotearoa, and organisation we are proud to support.

MRCagney, the company I work for, is celebrating 15 years in Aotearoa. As part of this, we have been asked to choose some of our favourite MRCagney projects and initiatives. Our cities, communities and families are important to us as a company, and to me personally. I am proud to say Women in Urbanism Aotearoa is one the community initiatives MRCagney has helped to get off the ground. 

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MRCNZ15: Rethinking Parking

Tue, October 30, 2018  | 
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In our first blog on parking (an issue close to our hearts) Anthony writes about two groundbreaking city-shaping parking projects in Auckland we have worked on. 

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MRCNZ15: AMETI

Thu, October 18, 2018  | 
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As we look back on our favourite or most influential projects over the past 15 years #MRCNZ15, Luke Chistensen looks at AMETI and bus rapid transit to East Auckland.

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MRCNZ15: The New Zealand Land Value Model

Thu, October 11, 2018  | 
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Phil Donovan and Peter Nunns write this week's entry in the MRCNZ15 project- The New Zealand Land Value Model

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MRCNZ15: Local Path Design Guide

Thu, September 27, 2018  | 
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Today's lookback for our 15th anniversary comes from Lukas Adam, who is writing about the Local Path Design Guide, which we worked on with Resilio Studio and you can check out in full here.

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MRCNZ15: The Affordability Map

Tue, September 18, 2018  | 
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In this weeks article celebrating the 15th anniversary of MRC in New Zealand, Alex Raichev writes about The Affordability map, which you can try for yourself here

One of my favorite projects that I’ve worked on at MRCagney is Affordability in New Zealand, also known as the Affordability Map, a public education tool illustrating the spatial nature of affordability and how big a role transport plays in it. It combines analysis, visualization, open source software development, and public education, all things I enjoy.

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MRCNZ15: Electric Vehicles

Wed, September 12, 2018  | 
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Todays #MRCNZ15 celebration comes from Alex Raichev and Danielle Gatland, who are looking back on three of our projects focussed electric vehicles :

One of the joys of working at MRCagney is the variety of topical projects that come our way. In this post we describe three such projects concerning electric vehicles.

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MRCNZ15: Researching Autonomous Vehicles

Sat, September 1, 2018  | 
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This week as part of our 15th anniversary in New Zealand celebrations, Danielle Gatland looks back at last years Autonomous Vehicles Research Report, now including GIFs.

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MRCNZ15: The Auckland Cycling Investment Programme (In Gifs)

Thu, August 30, 2018  | 
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For this week's #MRCNZ15 we have two exciting entries on the Auckland Cycling Investment Programme.  Click here for Karl Bakers in depth look at the business case.

For another perspective on the project, Emma McInnes has summarised the report in GIF’s.

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MRCNZ15: Making a case for future investment in Auckland cycling

Tue, August 28, 2018  | 
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For our 15th anniversary celebrations Karl Baker writes about creating the Auckland Transport Cycling Business Case. Check back on Thursday for another perspective on the project…

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MRCNZ15: The New Network Schematic

Fri, August 24, 2018  | 
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Continuing our look back on the New Network, Nic Reid details how we tackled the problem of communicating the many benefits of the revolutionary integrated network to the public. 

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MRCNZ15: The New Network

Tue, August 21, 2018  | 
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Our first entry looking back at 15 years of MRCagney in Aotearoa. Jenson introduces a presentation by Anthony Cross, Auckland Transport’s Network Development Manager (Public Transport), looking back on the New Network for Auckland. 

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Announcing MRCNZ15

Thu, June 7, 2018  | 
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It's the 15th anniversary of our Auckland office, so we are having a trip down memory lane. Regional Manager Jenson Varghese explains all in the video below. 

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