Public transport

Contrary to popular belief, public transport doesn’t help the poor

One of the main reasons the left wing loves public transport is the belief that the poor will be assisted.

Unfortunately that is a bit of  myth.

Access to public transit helps, but it’s not enough to connect workers with economic opportunity in the form of jobs.

Buses stop right outside LaToyia Newman-Gross’s apartment in suburban Columbia, Md. That doesn’t mean it’s easy to get around by public transit. “They run every hour,” says Newman-Gross, 32. If you miss a bus, you’re stuck. Waiting out in the sun or snow with her four children beside her usually isn’t a great option.

Americans are driving shorter distances, buying fewer cars, and are less likely to apply for a driver’s license than just a few years ago. This might be due to the recession—owning a car is expensive—or it might be due to a cultural shift in favor of urban living.

But almost all households, regardless of socioeconomic status, own at least one vehicle. In 2009, more than three-quarters of workers commuted by driving alone. Recent research suggests that, particularly for single moms like Newman-Gross, owning a car can mean access to better jobs and safer neighborhoods.  Read more »

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The 2014 election Labour Lolly scramble

Yesterday, Labour published this

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Immediately.

A Labour government has a number of problems before it can do that.

One, it will be in a coalition with other parties, and the final coalition agreement may not allow for Labour to start building an Auckland rail link.  It’s not because other parties don’t think the rail link should go ahead, but they may have other requirements on timing, funding and policy compromises based on their own priorities. Read more »

Auckland Transport have had a ‘Midvale School for the gifted’ moment

 

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Auckland Transport have had a ‘Midvale School for the gifted’ moment this week with the release of their parking brain farts.

And the AA is pointing out just how dumb it is.

The introduction of parking charges at Auckland’s network of park & ride stations could add to traffic congestion and encourage a commuter culture, says the Automobile Association, which thinks it goes against Auckland Transport’s aim to create a “shift to public transport”.

The objective is set out in a discussion paper looking at putting parking fees or time limits into more parts of the city.

Income from park & ride sites has been proposed to help pay for adding to the 5300 spaces available at the current stations around the city. Spaces would need to treble to about 15,000 by the year 2040 because of demand, the document says.

The AA warned charging people for a space could defeat the purpose of park & ride facilities. “At this point, we’d be sceptical about it,” said AA Auckland Transport spokesman Barney Irvine.

“Our main concern is it could have a perverse effect, it could result in more people driving than using public transport.”

Fees at park & ride facilities could make it too expensive for people to catch public transport, meaning more cars would end up on the road and add to the city’s traffic woes, Mr Irvine said.

The AA would not support the proposal unless there was “compelling modelling to support it”.

So, is the idea by AT to charge park and ride commuters for the car parking an epic failure or genius? You decide. We’re too busy sitting in bewilderment.

 

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The luckiest man alive?

And Len brown wants more of this?

Well, Auckland’s dirty public transport secret is out.  It’s not safe on Auckland trains

Measures approved by Auckland Transport and confirmed by rail operator Transdev – after the latest two assaults on the weekend before Easter – include extending hours worked by Maori Wardens. That means their patrols on the southern line between Otahuhu and Papakura now run from 4pm each day until trains stop operating after 1am.

The police also say they are “assigning additional resources” to trains and stations as well as shopping centres over the school holidays, which began on Good Friday.

Counties Manukau prevention manager Inspector Richard Middleton said the police had met Transdev and KiwiRail to discuss setting up a working group to improve staff and passenger safety on trains.

The latest attacks left a Maori Warden with bruises and put a ticket inspector off work with undisclosed injuries after he was hit from behind at Papakura by an unseen assailant.

Although the company is vague about the number of violent incidents on the trains it runs under contract to Auckland Transport, the Rail and Maritime Transport Union says it knows of 12 since January.

Twelve assaults!  Public transport has never been this dangerous.   And the good news is, if Two Minute Len gets his way, he will create a huge train set for this sort of carry on.   Read more »

Lenny No Mates takes the Train

People often ask me if Len Brown takes the train anymore.

Well, thanks to the WOBH Ground Crew, we can confirm that he does indeed take the train…at least he has this morning.

Hi Cam

I’m on the train right now and Len is sitting on his own. No one wants to talk to him or even have eye contact.

Sad!

Lennynomates

“Oh, I know, I’ll take the train, that will make me popular again”

Densification no solution, would someone tell Len

Len Brown is trying to foist intensification upon Auckland while he rests his lonely carcass in the space and grandeur of a lifestyle block (when he isn’t resting in some of Auckland’s best hotels).

Aucklanders don’t want it, and there is little justification for. One suggestion is that intensification alleviates congestion. It may be that that is a false premise too.

 It is commonly put forward that Auckland needs to increase the number of people living near the city centre if it wants to tackle the traffic congestion and avoid costly upgrades to its highway and roading network.

By extension, first-home buyers need to accept that the Kiwi dream of owning a quarter-acre house is gone, and they should instead focus their attention on the cheaper apartments that will increasingly be coming onto the market.

The upside is that by living closer to the city centre, residents in these apartment will be able to walk, cycle or take public transport to work, cutting down on the need for cars, and hence congestion.   Read more »

So what were all the extra rates for? Not buses it seems

Len Brown has taxed his citizens hard…he claims his rates increases are only by the rate of inflation…but we all know that is a lie.

He claims he has managed to keep rates increases down, and he has…by borrowing billions. But what have we got for that money? Both from massive rates hikes and from massive borrowing?

Surely we have got something for it? Turns out no.

Len Brown has not built a single metre of bus lane in his first term as mayor of the Super City.  Read more »

Council fights back against light rail, not Auckland unfortunately

It looks like Perth seems to be throwing off the shackles of loons like Len Brown who are fans of light rail.

A plywood train is sitting in Perth’s CBD, part of a council protest against state government plans to run the real thing down the middle of the city’s shopping malls.

The $100,000, 42-metre-long scale model of the dual light-rail line popped up overnight.

And in an inflammatory move, Perth Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi says the model will stay in place for a week to illustrate the inconvenience and potential danger of the plan.

“Once our malls are lost they are lost forever, and we want a city that is welcoming to people,” Ms Scaffidi said.

Honolulu rail warning for Auckland

Honolulu serves as a warning to Auckland and to Len Brown over the city rail loop project. There are many, many direct comparisons between Honolulu and Auckland.

It has cost over $1.8 billion so far and expected to blow out way over $2 billion.

In 2011, officials in Honolulu, Hawaii began construction on a controversial 20-mile rail project partly because of almost $1.8 billion in federal subsidies to President Barack Obama’s home state. The project’s total cost estimate stands at $5.3 billion, but if other similar projects are any indication, the final price tag will increase dramatically before anyone even gets to buy a ticket. What’s playing out in the Aloha State is happening all over the country.   Read more »