Three years ago the pin was pulled on rail from Swanson to Waitakere. Auckland Transport cited high operating costs – low demand for public transport services and similar travel times between trains and buses.
But that decision failed to take into account the sudden housing boom in the area – the Public Transport Users Association says.
According to Auckland Transport’s own reports, in the next 30 years new urban areas totalling two-thirds the size of Hamilton will be developed in West Auckland – including about 30,000 new homes – 13,000 new jobs and 75,000 more people.
But some of the area is currently serviced only by buses which get stuck in the congestion – the 060 bus departing Huapai at 6.30am arrives in the CBD at 8.33am…
(ed:..bloody hell..!..eh..?…tell this to the people that urge even more under-serviced urban-sprawl in auckland..make them catch this bloody bus for a week or so – then see if they amend their arguments..)
The association believes its proposed rail shuttle – dubbed the Western Connector – will take 75 minutes.
Chairwoman Christine Rose said the train would use the existing track and stations at Huapai and Waitakere and a few of the refurbished but unused diesel trains to create a congestion-free commuter service linking with the electrified network at Swanson.
Generation Y is turning its back on cars and jumping on board buses and trains.
The high cost of home ownership – not being in a rush to have children – concerns about climate change – and the difficulty of obtaining a driver’s licence – are all reasons behind the shift – according to new research commissioned by the New Zealand Transport Agency.
The study also suggests current assumptions may underestimate the extent to which today’s younger generation has embraced public transport – and how many more would do so if more money was spent on it.Wellington student Alice Coppard, 20, is one of an increasing number of Generation Y who are shunning car ownership in favour of public transport.The research found Generation Y – those born between 1979 and 1999 – has been increasing its public transport use since the turn of the century, following periods of decline.
‘These observed increases are not emulated in other age groups – except those aged over 65 – who have the incentive of the SuperGold card’.
Vehicle registrations and car ownership were all becoming less common among Generation Y – as were driving licences – which have been subject to more rigorous testing since 2012.
Generation Y also had a tendency to delay milestones such as buying a house and starting a family – which meant they did not have any children that needed to be driven around, the study said.
Economic factors such as rising fuel prices and Generation Y’s tendency to spend more time in tertiary education than the workforce were also cited.
‘This aligns with the finding that younger people have higher access to and use of technology, so they may not need to travel to connect with their recreation and social contacts at the same rate as traditionally observed’.
The proportion of Generation Y using public transport for their main trips – such as to work and study – was predicted to increase from 35 per cent to as much as 54 per cent the next five years.
‘Such increased demand is unlikely to be realised without a considerable increase in investment’.
The research suggested pumping money into more services during peak times – better network coverage – more bus lanes – free transfers – real-time information – and free wi-fi – to unlock the latent demand for public transport among Generation Y.
When Curitiba’s bus rapid transit stations were revamped in 1991 – the futuristic glass-tube stops became a new symbol for the Brazilian city.
Rua Padre Anchieta – as one of the main thoroughfares in Curitiba Brazil – is a logical focal point for the city’s bus network. But whereas bus stops in many other cities consist of little more than a sign and perhaps a bench – the ones on Rua Padre Anchieta are a bit different. In the middle of the street sit two tube-shaped stations – raised from ground level and protected from the elements – that open on to two-way express lanes.
These lanes are reserved for long orange buses, which zip past slower car traffic and quickly shuttle passengers on and off at the stations on outward-folding ramps. Stations like this now exist throughout the city and metropolitan area.
Though difficult to imagine – these distinctive stations that are now the symbol of the city were originally a cost-cutting measure. Implemented as a practical way for the city to create faster mass transit without breaking the bank – they would go on to revolutionise transport – not just in Curitiba – but in cities around the world.