Auckland Council is desperate to prop up the numbers for its rail tunnel and is resorting to some pretty under handed tactics in an attempt to force people onto its trains and provide the illusion to the people and the Government that the rail growth targets are being achieved, therefore the money should be spent.
Today’s announcement that they will cease all early bird car parking rates is a veiled attempt to force people to use Len’s pet railway.
The trouble with this thinking is that it is seriously flawed with greater chances of it failing to boost rail patronage.
There are good reasons for doubting the effectiveness of such a policy. Firstly the Census 2013 data tells us that the majority of people in Auckland don’t live near to the rail so don’t use it. We will know more in March 2015 when the Dept of Statistics releases the exact data on how people travel to work and from which locations. And that should be a telling picture for the scrutineers.
I have done my own investigation and startlingly I have found that Auckland has in excess of 40 zoned workplace destinations around the region and most of them within the urban limits. The top 10 workplace destinations are:
2. Mt Wellington, Penrose to Onehunga;
3. East Tamaki, Highbrook, Botany;
5. Manukau and Wiri;
6. Greenlane – Ellerslie;
7. Newmarket and Epsom;
8. Eden Terrace and Grafton;
9. Ponsonby and Grey Lynn;
10. Takapuna. Read more »