The start of the journey on what will be a very long one for freight I was at the Auckland Transport – Auckland Freight Plan launch this morning to see … Continue reading Auckland Freight Plan Launch Leaves More Questions than Answers. Also No One Touched the OJ.
MOVE THAT FREIGHT! Tomorrow, Auckland Transport will launch their Auckland Freight Plan. From Auckland Transport: Auckland Transport launches plan for the freight industry A new plan launches tomorrow to make … Continue reading Auckland Freight Plan Launches. Moving Our Freight Efficiently
Port of Tauranga Expansion = More Metro Port Trains = Need For Third Main on the Southern Line I was forwarded the following article below on Port Tauranga’s expansion … Continue reading Port of Tauranga Expansion = Third Main Needed Rather Soon!
Rail Buses Replaces services
Auckland Transport has sent out a flyer alerting passengers of rail buses replaces rail services south of Otahuhu Station every Sunday to Thursday from now until to further notice. This allows Kiwi Rail continue much-needed electrification works that have fallen behind.
Here is the timetable
Lets see if Kiwi Rail can get the work done. Be a bit of a bugger if the Onehunga and Western Lines were complete but no wires in operation to the EMU depot further south in Wiri. Ooops
What I Do in my Downtime
From time to time in my downtime I go an embark on some “alternative” city planning and building. That being off to play a round of Cities XL 2012 for a couple of hours busy planning, building, rebuilding and managing the city/town/village. Currently on the “planet” I have 6 cities or villages under way, each specialising on a specific task at hand. Whether that be a farming town to supply food to the other cities, or a holiday town for people to get a way and relax, or a big hulking industrial and commerce centre as a central point of interactions.
At the moment I am busy focusing on Delta City, a city that will be a large hulking industrial and manufacturing centre coupled to an extensive port to “export” and “import” all the trade of the other five cities.
Delta City is at 202,000 and growing surely but steadily as it becomes the manufacturing hub on the “region.”
Here are a couple of teaser shots of Delta City:
For all the current 212 shots you can visit the Delta City Slideshow HERE!
Now one wonders how I get thus far with such a large city? Well this next shot does help:
These snapshots which I take an overview shot of the city then doodle lines on them happen when I am embarking on major transport and/or urban development projects. In this case I am planning for major road thoroughfares and bypasses to move the bulk of the cars, trucks and buses around as Delta City continues to sprawl outwards.
Now for our public transport junkies (or mass transit as said in North America) there is no mass transit currently in Delta City. However extensive tram tracks as well as the Operation Centres for buses and trams has been built. The next step is to build the bus and tram depots, then the tram/bus stops, then the actual routes themselves for the citizens to use. This of course takes a bit of time to do as your money is limited and citizens always moaning about something else along the way…
However this “retail” version of a city and transport simulations is a good way to pass the downtime and home in some skills gained in real life city living and planning. I might post some more up from the other cities as well over time.