Moving a City
With the new Ardern-led administration settling into its business there has been in Auckland a very heavy focus on transit. After the last administration spent nine years stinking pretty much every transit project then deciding to do a select few after being dragged kicking and screaming, the pain Auckland will bear for the next few years will be worth it under long term gains.
From Auckland Council:
Every year, Auckland ratepayers contribute around $320 million to public transport, alongside the hundreds of millions of dollars in other funding sources.
The benefits of this investment are transformative. With Aucklanders making 90 million trips on buses, trains and ferries over the past year, it reduces congestion, provides more reliable options for people to get to and from work, and is better for the environment.
But one significant benefit rarely talked about is the huge economic benefit from public transport investment to those who continue to travel by car.
“Every commuter benefits, regardless of whether they use public transport or not,” says Auckland Council Chief Economist David Norman and colleague Shane Martin in their latest Insights paper on topical economic issues.
“Without public transport, there would be at least 40,000 more cars on the road taking workers to and from Auckland’s CBD and neighbouring suburbs during rush hour every day.
“This means for those who need to drive to work from urban centres or rural communities further away and for freight moving on roads, the more people on buses and trains, the fewer cars on the road resulting in faster trips, less time spent in traffic, less fuel used and less competition for parking.
“And with road congestion costing Aucklanders at least $1 billion a year, further on-going investment in public transport will save money, contribute to economic growth and improve productivity.”
The full paper
For more read the latest Insights newsletter (PDF).
To put it simply in pictures:
And if you are asking about the subsidy:
That is why continued investment into the three new Lines as first off the bat by the Minister of Transport is really critical. Not only does it allow accessibility to more areas by transit but it opens areas up for urban regeneration as well.
Also something has to be done about our appalling productivity which transport plays a large part of: