Public transport reluctance questioned
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.”
What’s stopping you using public transport? Email a letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.