The NZ Herald today reports that public transport numbers are up on last year. Cityhop, NZ’s first car share offering an alternative to the car , CEO Victoria Carter says, “It’s not surprising that public transport numbers are up. Have you seen the price of petrol. It’s been slowly creeping up and because of the slow creep there seems to have been no publicity about it.”
ARTA reports that public transport use has hit a 25 year high.
Passenger figures show 58.6 million trips were made in the year to June, a 7.7 per cent increase on last year and the highest use since the mid 1980′s.
Rail use has almost doubled. Amazingly people seem more satisfied with the service they are getting too. Or maybe their expectations are reduced after all the stories of slow and late trains?
People cite fuel and vehicile costs as their reasons for using public transport. They also say it is a lot less stressful cathcing public transport – yep- someone else gets all the road rage – like the poor driver who has to struggle with single occupant car drivers not wanting to let the bus in. How often do you let the bus in?
C’mon Auckland councillors – get those double tracks in, intergrated ticketing, on time transport and better routes. Smaller buses would make a lot of sense too – don’t kid us that those huge belching buses with only 5 passengers are really eco-friendly.
And what is happening at Boston Road and why can’t all those earth works result in a second track? I know it’s because in Auckland we make a mess, inconvenience road users, pedestrians and so on and don’t think about what else we can do so we don’t have to dig up this road again.