Traffic Chaos asks the question if Car-Share can extend mass transit reach
Again the motorway network packed up this morning after a crash on the Newmarket Viaduct (Southern Motorway) fouled State Highways 1 and 16. As usual you would get something like this from NZTA:
Usually I would tweet the train commute times from Papakura (53mins) and Manukau (35mins) with the hashtag #avoidcongestion as those on the train would just cruise on by the parked Southern Motorway traffic at Ellersile.
However, a Twitter friend of mine who lives in Pukekohe and works in Sylvia Park (a Metropolitan Centre) often gets stuck on the Southern Motorway jams not because he is lazy to catch the trains but because his work often involves travelling out to clients. So it got me thinking that we have this great car-share program in the City Centre where you can catch the train to Britomart then hire the car-share car to do some zipping around before returning home on the train.
I asked our resident car-share program about extending their program into some of our largest Metropolitan Centres (Manukau, Sylvia Park, Albany and Takapuna):
This means my Sylvia Park friend could catch the train to and from work avoiding the Southern Motorway and have the car-share car available for zipping out to clients during the working day.
Of course this would not compete but complement other “Last-Mile” services like bike-share programs as well.
So extending the car-share program into our big Metropolitan Centres, worthwhile?