If only we could build roads from acronyms and buzzwords

TAIP Cover

The NZTA has released the Draft TAIP and the introduction reads as follows: Quote:

The purpose of this Draft TAIP is to set out the 10-year programme of activities that the NZTA proposes for inclusion in the 2018-27 NLTP, to give effect to the 2018-27 GPS. The activities in the TAIP will support the locally-led activities that councils also put forward for inclusion in the NLTP.

The NLTP is prepared every three years by the NZTA, and outlines a 10-year programme of activities that will be funded through the NLTF – often through co-investment with councils. The strategic direction, forecast revenue, and funding allocations (activity classes) for the NLTP are set out in the GPS. The draft GPS 2018-27 was released for consultation on 3 April 2018 and is due to be finalised by 30 June 2018.

Activities in this TAIP are presented for consideration by RTCs as part of their process of re-assessing their RLTPs to align with the GPS. RLTPs are due to be submitted to the NZTA by 30 June 2018, but can be varied at any time.

In previous years, this document has been presented as the SHIP. This year, the NZTA is taking a wider, whole of system and multi-modal approach to its investment submissions. It is driven in part by the creation of two new activity classes within the draft GPS, relating to rapid transit and transitional rail. The draft GPS indicates that, as with state highway improvements, these new activity classes will be 100% funded from the NLTF. This recognises the national importance of these activities in giving effect to the new strategic direction and outcomes that the Government seeks to achieve through the GPS.

Our new approach will provide much greater visibility of the range of activities the NZTA  intends to invest in at both regional and national levels. The approach offers partners and stakeholders more certainty for planning purposes and provides the NZTA with the opportunity to demonstrate the broad range of activities it undertakes alongside partners to deliver for customers and for New Zealand. End of quote.

“The approach offers partners and stakeholders more certainty for planning purposes” once you have waded through 189 pages of acronyms and buzzwords in the Draft TAIP.

Another phrase for all this report writing is “paralysis by analysis”.

So long as we are generating multi-page reports which provide input into other multi-page reports then we actually never need to physically build a road.

TAIP feeds RLTP feeds NLTP feeds GPS directs > TAIP and so on ad infinitum. 

This way the government can blame the Regional councils who blame the NZTA who blame the government for the inaction.

The only positive is that unemployment is reduced by the quantum of report writers.

And the cover illustrates the solution to the woeful NZ transport situation: person walks dog!

Note: I admit that I removed all the expansions of acronyms for journalistic effect. It is a process called modal shift!


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