a e your say on trans ort
Auckland’s traffic woes may be improved with the Auckland Regional Council’s draft of a 30year transport strategy approved for consultation.
The Auckland Regional and Transport Strategy aims to enhance the busy region as a great place to live, work and play for the 2010 to 20 0 period.
The council’s regional transport committee has spent months working on the strategy which is open for public consultation until ecember 1 .
Aucklanders can give input on how $ billion is spent on transport during the next three decades.
Committee chairwoman Christine Rose says many people have ideas on how things can be improved and now is the time to speak up.
“Auckland needs to start making better use of the existing transport network. This means upgrading rail and bus services, increasing cycleways and encouraging more walking for short distance trips.”
She says the western ring route needs to be completed but the region can’t continue to build new roads to overcome transport challenges.
“ t is prohibitively expensive and unsustainable. We must build on the successes of the past decade. Bus and rail patronage has reached record highs thanks to improved fre uency and priority measures, and walking school buses have seen unprecedented growth.”
Ms Rose says the strategy highlights the importance of building an underground rail loop, which would mean more than 200,000 people living and working within 30 minutes of the central city.
t reads “ t is anticipated that by 2051, approximately 2.3 million people will be living in the region. This rapid growth will re uire approximately 350,000 new jobs and homes.”
Environmental considerations are also included.
To re uest a copy of the draft strategy or make a submission visit www. arc. govt. n rlts, email rlts arc.govt.n or call 366-2000.
ocal libraries and council service centres will also have a copy of the strategy.