Trans­port plan paves way for mass tran­sit

Hamilton News - - NEWS -

The adop­tion of the Waikato Re­gional Pub­lic Trans­port Plan (RPTP) will see the de­vel­op­ment of a Mass Tran­sit Plan for Hamil­ton and neigh­bour­ing towns to ease con­ges­tion and im­prove travel times, says Waikato Re­gional Coun­cil.

The coun­cil has adopted the RPTP, which sets the ob­jec­tives and poli­cies for pub­lic trans­port in the re­gion for the next 10 years and was pre­pared in part­ner­ship with ter­ri­to­rial au­thor­i­ties and key stake­hold­ers.

Hamil­ton Pub­lic Trans­port Joint Com­mit­tee co-chair­man Russ Rim­ming­ton said parts of the Waikato re­gion were grow­ing rapidly and cre­at­ing trans­port chal­lenges, such as in­creas­ing con­ges­tion and travel times.

“Mov­ing to a mass tran­sit ori­ented net­work will al­low for pop­u­la­tion growth and de­vel­op­ment but also help cre­ate more live­able ur­ban ar­eas and healthy en­vi­ron­ments by mov­ing a lot more peo­ple us­ing less space,” said Mr Rim­ming­ton. “Adding to our road­ing net­work isn’t prac­ti­cal or af­ford­able in the long term.”

Mass tran­sit start-up pro­jects iden­ti­fied in the RPTP in­clude a pas­sen­ger rail ser­vice be­tween Hamil­ton and Auck­land (sub­ject to NZTA fund­ing), high ca­pac­ity cor­ri­dors within Hamil­ton for rapid and fre­quent ser­vices, and rapid and fre­quent ser­vices be­tween Cam­bridge and Hamil­ton, Huntly and Hamil­ton and Te Awa­mutu and Hamil­ton.

The plan will help guide the tran­si­tion to a mass tran­sit net­work, with sig­nif­i­cant in­fra­struc­ture and ser­vice im­prove­ments over the next 10-20 years. Other ob­jec­tives in the RPTP in­clude pro­vid­ing a fares and tick­et­ing sys­tem that is easy to use and af­ford­able to pas­sen­gers, ser­vices that are af­ford­able for pas­sen­gers and fun­ders, and de­vel­op­ing and main­tain­ing part­ner­ships to get best value for money in de­liv­er­ing trans­port so­lu­tions.

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