David Farrar once again decides to comment on Auckland traffic issues, proving at the same time his lack of understanding of Auckland’s transport issues.
Then again i shouldn’t be surprised because when he comes to Auckland he calls up and asks if I want to catch up for a drink at 6pm…usually at about 530pm. He is doing what a lot if Wellingtonian’s do…thinking Auckland is just like Wellington, an incredibly tiny shithole where everyone is 15 minutes from town. It isn’t…he has never contemplated the fact that in orderÂ to do that I’d be driving at least 30 minutes each way in peak hour traffic to have a drink when I don;t drink with someone who has his head inside his smart phone conducting Twitter conversations with pinkos who aren’t his friends.
Auckland is large. But this is his suggestion…
I support user pays for transport. A congestion charge is the best form of user pays â€“ a market charge. A toll charge is also an efficient mechanism of making sure users of the transport system pay for the benefits they get from them.
So I donâ€™t think the Government should rule out congestion charges or tolls for Auckland Council, or other councils.
Yeah good oh, David….and precisely where would you put this congestion tax? On motorway on ramps? On Motorway off ramps?
Let me tell you what would happen.
People would exist or join motorways where there are NO tolling facilities. So if you decide it is the CBD that is congested and so off ramps into the city centre should be tolled that would mean covering the following exits: Symonds Street, Wellesley Street, Nelson Street, Cook Street, Fanshawe Street, Stanley Street, and Wellington Street.
What would happen is those coming from the south would exit the motorway and any exit ahead of Symonds street including as far back as Greenlane but also Market road and funnel themselves down through Newmarket further jamming the streets in and around Remuera, Newmarket and Greenlane. Â Read more »