There was a lot of fascinating transportation news this week — some negative, but mainly positive — so I figured we’d go around the world and look at the big stories.
The city will spend £1.5 billion ($2 billion) on 250 new trains
, which will increase capacity on the Underground’s four “Deep Tube” lines by 10 trains an hour. Paired with Crossrail, this should help reduce overcrowding in the backbone of the city’s transportation network.
City council is working on a new Transportation Strategy that could make the CBD much friendlier to pedestrians
. By increasing signal times for walkers, adding more car-free public spaces, removing traffic lanes, and widening footpaths in high-traffic areas, the city hopes to increase safety and boost the economy by A$2.1 billion. However, both the state premier and leader of the opposition have come out against the mayor’s plan
Greater Auckland has a fantastic look at what a wave of new transit investments could mean for the future of ridership in New Zealand’s largest city
, home to almost a third of the country’s population. There are a lot of great charts and comparisons to cities in other English-speaking countries.