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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.
As we choose our favourite and most influential New Zealand projects, it is appropriate that we start with Auckland’s New Network. Together with Jarrett Walker, MRCagney worked with Auckland Transport to develop the New Network. The goal of the New Network was to develop a single integrated network that delivered efficient, effective and attractive public transport service across the whole city. This was a project that has helped transform Auckland’s public transport network to a critical element of a fast-growing, dynamic city.
Rather than write about it ourselves, we’ve posted the following presentation by Anthony Cross who was Auckland Transport’s Network Development Manager (Public Transport). This presentation was titled Transforming Public Transport with Auckland's New Network and was held as part of the Auckland Council’s Street Talks series organised by the Auckland Design Office.
Anthony’s presentation includes feedback from the many people who supported or benefitted from the New Network. This is one of our favourites from Irene who was recently retired:
“I’m very excited about the changes…I’ve pinned my map [from the brochure] to the wall so that I can look at it all the time, and I’ve read everything you gave me, this is really good!...sure some of the changes mean I have to travel a bit differently, but the buses will take me straight to the train stations and things – I like that. I’ve already worked out how I’m going to get to the SuperClinic, and how to visit my friends, to do my shopping…it is too confusing the way it is now”
When asked if she was coming to the Public Open Day in Mangere:
“Oh yes, of course I am, I’m looking forward to it! I have the 16th noted on my calendar – I’m telling all my friends to come too, because we were chatting about it yesterday – we’re all recently retired you see, and driving into town is a bit daunting, so we’re trying to find out about the buses and things”
Giving people an alternative to driving, especially when they might not have a choice. Thanks to Auckland Transport for the opportunity to make a difference.
(Check back later in the week for Nicolas Reid on the New Network schematic)