Pub­lic trans­port re­luc­tance ques­tioned

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Heather McCracken

What’s stop­ping you leav­ing your car at home?

Auck­land Re­gional Coun­cil chair­man Mike Lee wants to know.

“This is a pub­licly paid-for trans­port sys­tem, so we want to hear from the pub­lic on how this very ex­pen­sive sys­tem can be im­proved,” he says.

“If peo­ple have ideas on how the bus or rail sys­tem can be more con­ve­nient or user friendly, that’s what we want to hear.”

Mr Lee says Auck­land needs bet­ter con­nec­tions be­tween rail and bus, rather than the two ser­vices com­pet­ing for routes.

He says the rail line should form the spine of the net­work, with buses feed­ing off.

Pub­lic trans­port use in Auck­land has in­creased slightly in the past three years, but most of the gains have come from im­prove­ments to rail and the north­ern busway.

Pa­tron­age on other bus ser­vices has stayed about the same.

But Cam­paign for Bet­ter Trans­port spokesman Cameron Pitches says pub­lic trans­port can’t meet ev­ery­one’s needs.

Some may need to think more cre­atively about their op­tions.

“And as petrol prices in­crease, it’s go­ing to be more nat­u­ral to do that,” he says.

Car­pool­ing and work­ing from home might be op­tions for work­ers who can’t ac­cess buses or trains.

“Peo­ple need to start not be­ing afraid to ask their work­mates to get a lift,” he says.

“And in the longer term, peo­ple should think about mov­ing closer to their work and com­mut­ing less.”

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