Passenger rail and housing

We need to get passenger rail going again. And we should build dense master-planned residential developments around the railway stations. That’s what MaRTI will deliver.

MaRTI, the Middleton to Rolleston Transformation Initiative, is a planning proposal developed by the CHAT (Canterbury Housing and Transport) Club. Axel is one of the four founding members of the CHAT Club, and he presented the transport components of MaRTI when the concept was revealed to the public.

A good size crowd attended the MaRTI release

6 thoughts on “Passenger rail and housing”

  1. The present Rolleston Station platform is an eyesore, and dangerous to walk on. This is an uneven surface, and needs to be replaced, as does the Station, itself.

  2. Since the southern motorway extension will soon be open, wouldn’t ungrading the bus service between Rolleston and the City be a more cost effective, more flexible, and much quicker to implement?

    1. MaRTI is proposed as the first finger of the Christchurch Hand Plan, which looks at land use and housing in conjunction. You don’t get the effects of one without the other. I refer you to a couple of blog posts:
      * Some myths about mass rapid transit (especially the section ‘We can do it cheaper’): https://talkingtransport.com/2019/08/31/mass-rapid-transit-in-nz-a-guide-to-some-myths/
      * Christchurch Hand Plan: https://medium.com/land-buildings-identity-and-values/can-the-hand-solve-christchurch-s-fat-banana-problem-556610062166

  3. Kia Ora

    I am not sure that a city of 380,000 has the critical mass needed for light rail, especially in a city with Christchurch’s geography. As a then daily user of the bus network I saw in a northwest Christchurch context that there would be consequences if the 2009 bus network changes happened – 6-9 students every morning in term time got on the 8.00AM #15 bus to go to Rangi Ruru. 30-45 trips a week and between 1200 and 1800 a year. When the changes took effect they all stopped. It also stopped servicing a bunch of council granny flats around Bishopdale Mall. The well used #10 Harewood line stopped and the #17 Bryndwr lines was altered. Whenever I used them they were never less than 1/3 full, and often near capacity in peak times.
    Whilst I do not necessarily think restoring the #11 #12 and #13 services is necessary, having one that could take in Redwood and Casebrook would be helpful.
    There are routes in eastern and southern Christchurch that could be amended as well.

    1. Kia ora Robert, as we stated during the evening, it is noteworthy that Christchurch is by now the largest city in Australasia that does not have a rapid transit system. Newcastle (population 320,000) opened its tramway in February 2019. A very short line but the important thing is to get going, and things can grow from there.

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