Res­i­dents ask T3 or not T3?

Central Leader - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - MARY FITZGER­ALD

The in­tro­duc­tion of new T3 lanes in Ep­som has di­vided opin­ion over their ben­e­fits to com­muters.

Some com­muters say they are un­cer­tain about T3 lane rules while oth­ers want to know how the laws are to be en­forced and what penal­ties there are for rule­break­ers.

The lanes in­tro­duced on Manukau and Pah Roads be­tween Trafal­gar St in Royal Oak, and Owens Rd in Ep­som, op­er­ate Mon­day to Fri­day, with the north­bound lane from 7am till 9am and 4pm till 6pm, and the south­bound lane from 4pm till 6pm.

The T3 lanes can be used by buses, cy­clists, mo­tor­bikes, and pri­vate ve­hi­cles with three or more peo­ple in them. ’’Pri­ori­tis­ing high oc­cu­pancy ve­hi­cles pro­vides the great­est pos­si­ble time sav­ings for the great­est num­ber of peo­ple,’’ AT spokesman Mark Han­nan says. How­ever, in the early stages of the T3 im­ple­men­ta­tion some com­muters have ex­pe­ri­enced de­lays. Neigh­bourly.co.nz has re­ceived a lot of feed­back on the is­sue.

‘‘The T3 lanes have added 20 min­utes on to my jour­ney to work in the morn­ing. It is also in­fu­ri­at­ing watch­ing peo­ple drive in the lanes that clearly only have one per­son in the car to skip the traf­fic,’’ com­muter Han­nah Dyson says.

‘‘Non-T3 driv­ers can use up to 50 me­tres of the T3 lane to get around turn­ing ve­hi­cles,’’ Han­nan says. ’’Im­prop­erly us­ing a T3 lane when in a car car­ry­ing fewer than three peo­ple can re­sult in a fine of $150’’.

AT will be con­duct­ing monthly mon­i­tor­ing of gen­eral traf­fic and bus jour­ney times, Han­nan says. Early mon­i­tor­ing of the new T3 lanes shows time sav­ings of more than three min­utes per bus.

When de­sign­ing the new lay­out, AT mod­elled T2, T3 and bu­sonly lanes. T3 was shown to pro­vide the great­est amount of time­sav­ing al­low­ing more re­li­able bus ser­vices. This im­prove­ment is gen­er­ally sup­ported by pub­lic trans­port users. ’’The T3 lanes have made my bus travel much bet­ter, much faster’’, pub­lic trans­port user Bhawan­jot Singh says.

Fur­ther north, T3 lanes are prov­ing ef­fec­tive on Birken­head’s Onewa Rd. This is one of Auck­land’s most pro­duc­tive cor­ri­dors where more than 50 per cent of the peo­ple are trans­ferred us­ing buses and T3s along Onewa Rd.

For more In­for­ma­tion on the AT tran­sit lane rules and penal­ties go to the web­site: at.govt.nz.

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