Is Congestion Charging a Solution to Congestion?

Is a congestion charging the solution for Tauranga’s traffic problems? Councillor Steve Morris suggests that charging a toll on trucks entering the Port during peak hour could reduce congestion and provide more funding for transport infrastructure. While congestion charging can be useful, this is a band-aid solution for Tauranga’s problems. It doesn’t address the fundamental…

Greater Tauranga Submission for the TCC Annual Plan

This post sets out our recent submission to Tauranga City Council  as part of the annual plan. Our submission addresses 3 main areas: Transport and urban form – relating to UFTI Engagement practice Climate change. Transport and urban form (and UFTI) The region’s Councils and NZTA (via Smartgrowth) are embarking on the UFTI strategic process.…

What the….? Another new plan to solve Tauranga’s transport problems?

Western Bay Councils, Smartgrowth and NZTA are undertaking yet another round of planning to try and develop a plan for Transport in the WBOP. This is following the rejection by Central Government of the plan submitted as part of BOPRC’s Regional Land Transport Plan. The reason for this rejection is that it did not align…

Urgent need for bus infrastructure on B2B connecting to Hewletts Rd.

The recent addition of a pedestrian/cycle underpass at Bayfair opens up the possibility of futureproofing bus infrastructure as part of the B2B project  – to serve massive future population growth in Papamoa. NZTA and the Councils are urged to construct new bus stops as well as a dedicated bus lane to connect to Hewletts Rd.…

The urban agenda: what will New Zealand’s new government bring for towns and cities?

Almost 90% of New Zealand’s population is urbanised. Getting policy right for towns and cities will be crucial for the new Labour-led coalition government’s ambitious policy agenda to transition to a low-emissions economy while addressing major social issues such as unaffordable housing, inequality and poverty. Central governments and cities aren’t always on the same page…