Archive for: passengers

Turning Your Nose Up At Buses

Turning Your Nose Up At Buses

Politicians often seem to talk as if they they assume that people who use public transport aren’t fussy, are probably poor, just Greenie or mad (after all,...

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Who Goes Into The CBD?

Who Goes Into The CBD?

I love statistics and trends for transport in Auckland and one annual survey provides some fascinating data. This year’s is especially interesting because...

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Train “Seat Hoggers” Are On Increase

Train “Seat Hoggers” Are On Increase

Seat hoggers seem to be on increase. Twice on Friday, I had to ask people if they would move their handbag or gear from an empty seat, as it was the one seat left. One...

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How We Choose Who To Sit Next To

How We Choose Who To Sit Next To

How do you choose who you sit next to on a train or bus? A Victoria University researcher has been studying how we make the choice and why. One of the things that...

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Passengers Get Angry, Want To Ban Pushchairs, Bikes from Trains

Passengers Get Angry, Want To Ban Pushchairs, Bikes from Trains

When trains were replaced by buses the other weekend, the fine print on the notices warned that things like pushchairs, bicycles and mobility scooters were not welcome. STRUGGLING:...

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Commuter Rail Is Just For Poor People

Commuter Rail Is Just For Poor People

I am often amused by people who are surprised I use commuter rail and say they thought only poor people used trains. I often wonder if that’s also what some...

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CBD Tunnel Study Will Test Govt’s Sincerity

CBD Tunnel Study Will Test Govt’s Sincerity

Good to see some progress on the plans for the CBD rail tunnel idea. There’s still no certainty the billion-odd dollars will be found for it but at least today’s...

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ARC Tries To Flush out Govt On Train Funding

ARC Tries To Flush out Govt On Train Funding

Good on ARC chief Mike Lee for trying to flush out the Government over its disturbing cone of silence about funding for Auckland’s train electrification. As...

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The Ups And Downs Of Train Travel – Do We Need Rules?

The Ups And Downs Of Train Travel – Do We Need Rules?

Dashing down the escalator at Britomart the other night in a mad hurry, I realised that train travel is still a new thing for many Aucklanders who have not experienced...

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Auckland Airport Rail Link Becomes Top Future Priority

Auckland Airport Rail Link Becomes Top Future Priority

While Britomart was having its typical afternoon rush hour hiccups (electronic signs not working, platform confusion, some southern line delays) officials were making...

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Rugby Fans Left Out In The Cold

Rugby Fans Left Out In The Cold

As rugby fans pour out of special free trains at Kingsland tonight to attend the All Blacks- Wallabies clash at nearby Eden Park – the spectators left are...

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Official: More People Using Cars – & It’s Killing Us

Official: More People Using Cars – & It’s Killing Us

New Zealanders are car crazy. While the latest Auckland train and bus patronage figures show an increase, an official snapshot from 2006 released today shows more...

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Will Helensville Rail Service Survive?

Will Helensville Rail Service Survive?

Any day now, there will be an official review of the Helensville – Auckland rail link which opened for a trial service in July last year. Sadly, it’s...

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Train Guards Not Coping With Stress?

Train Guards Not Coping With Stress?

Some of the new train managers (you know they used to be called conductors or guards) are getting over – aggressive in their treatment of passengers they...

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Newmarket Tragedy: Man Falls Under Train, Dies

Newmarket Tragedy: Man Falls Under Train, Dies

A man has died at Newmarket West after apparently disembarking a train and falling on the tracks. Early reports say the elderly man was dragged under the train...

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Monday Meltdown – Number 2397

Monday Meltdown – Number 2397

Mechanical problems were to blame for the dreadful delays on all lines this morning – the first day of the new timetable schedules. It was so bad, passengers...

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Timetable Changes: Will the Southern Line Cope?

Timetable Changes: Will the Southern Line Cope?

UPDATE: Read post above how it turned out to be  a Monday Meltdown . It’s another sign of progress. New timetables for Southern and Eastern lines come into...

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Maxx invents a new definition of comfort

Maxx invents a new definition of comfort

Commuters heading to the Britomart train tonight were given the colourful and no doubt expensive (read waste of money) leaflet called Maxx news (left) which was...

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Auckland Trains: Hell Week II

Auckland Trains: Hell Week II

Last week’s shocker of a week of breakdowns on the Dinosaur Train Service continues with Monday Mayhem. Tonight’s busy Waitakere – bound 4.58pm...

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How To Travel Free on Auckland Trains

How To Travel Free on Auckland Trains

Amazed passengers in an over-crowded train watched the other morning when a well-dressed and determined businessman refused to pay his fare  – and got away...

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“World-Class Public Transport” for Auckland’s Rugby World Cup

“World-Class Public Transport” for Auckland’s Rugby World Cup

It may look passable on a postcard but officials should not fool themselves Auckand’s public transport system is “world-class” or will be by the...

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The Day Britomart Went Blank

The Day Britomart Went Blank

Just when you thought things could not possibly get worse..and everything that could breakdown has.. At Britomart, the display screens showing what trains are...

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Another Day, Another Delay

Another Day, Another Delay

It’s time for Transport Minister and Minister In Favour Of Cars to come and join us on a trip to the city. Today’s morning rush hour points failure...

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Rush-hour Signal Crash on Western Line (Again)

Rush-hour Signal Crash on Western Line (Again)

Western line services ground to a halt just before 5pm  – thanks to yet another signal crash. This time the signal fault was at Boston Rd. Trains stopped,...

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Will Auckland Torpedo Hamilton Rail Plan?

Will Auckland Torpedo Hamilton Rail Plan?

Waikato’s regional council, Environment Waikato, next week discusses a final consultant’s report which puts up a strong case for a weekday Hamilton...

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