Friday, April 19, 2013

Misinformation and no information: Auckland Transport's Lost Child

We were going to let this batch of photos slide mostly because we're lazy and it's not clear we're adding anything to the quest for world peace. But we spotted a press release from Auckland Transport  congratulating itself on spending a bunch of money on roads. Oh, and a bit on public transport. Page (probably?) 55 of Auckland Transport's Half Yearly Report to 31 December 2012 (there's a question mark because, unhelpfully, the pages are not numbered) sets out AT's capital expenditure for the 6 months to 31st December 2012. Here's what it tells us:

New capital expenditure ($000) Renewal capital expenditure ($000) Total  capex Percent of capex spending
Roads  98,442 89,771 188,213 67.7
Public Transport  37,975 1,535 39,510 14.2
Parking  1,301 272 1,573 0.6
Electric Trains  45,120 45,120 16.2
Other  3,544 3,544 1.3
Total expenditure  186,382 91,578 277,960 100.0

That's right. Almost 68% of this **transformational** expenditure went on roading. We assume "Other" includes cycle lanes and the like. It is disappointing to see cycling and its fellow travellers are allocated a paltry 1.3% of the total capex, and none of it is for renewals.

And it seems AT is being selective when it comes to sharing the public transport capex love. These photos were taken at the Otahuhu transport centre, the Lost Child of Auckland's PT network, on Sunday 14th April. If you think it looks like Quito circa 1995 before the drug money flowed in, you're right. 

Don't stand under this drain. Handily, this is about where people queue for the bus.

This photo was taken at 12.26pm a week after daylight saving finished.


Time stands still: this clock has been telling transport centre users it's 4.24 for weeks. 


A week later neither of these Public Information Conveyance Units had been repaired. It's OK, though: the bus timetable at the rather grandly titled Platform 3A is out of date. Imagine the confusion if it was up to date. 

Here's a poster telling people in a low-income neighbourhood to log onto their expensive laptops to find out when their bus will arrive at their bus stop.

Of course, this will never work in practice because the main bus stop in Otahuhu doesn't have any real time display boards. Or shelters. Or any other basic amenities.
Thanks for caring, Auckland Transport.