Take the bus Len

Len Brown started his commitment to ride to work on the train regularly yesterday by catching the train at Papatoetoe. Good on Len Brown, he is catching up with Celia Wade-Brown on practicing what he preaches. I hope he keeps up with commitment.

However this blogger has a few questions for the Night-mayor.

Why did you take the train from Papatoetoe? It is hardly the closest station to your house, and so would have created a much larger carbon footprint in choosing that station to start from for his new commitment to public transport.

A quick check on Google Earth proves my point.

From the Night-mayors house to Papatoetoe station is a 9km drive. Google says 16 minutes but at 8:00am in the morning is probably more like 25 minutes, so when talking about public transport you also need to add in the commute to the station to be accurate with travel times.

Len's house to Papatoetoe Station - 9km

Len's house to Papatoetoe Station - 9km

There are two stations that are closer to the Night-mayor’s house. Homai station is 1km closer at 8km from Len’s house. It would have taken at least 5 minutes less as well. Why didn’t Len drive to that station?

Len's house to Homai Station - 8km

Len's house to Homai Station - 8km

Then there is Manurewa station. That is just 6.6km on the road from Len’s house.Plus it would have taken just 10 minutes, thereby avoiding the traffic bottle-necks of driving to Papatoetoe. Manurewa makes so much more sense. Why didn’t Len Brown use Manurewa station to start on his commitment to taking public transport?

Len's house to Manurewa Station - 6.6km

Len's house to Manurewa Station - 6.6km

If Len Brown is serious about insisting that Aucklanders take public transport then he needs to explain why he thinks we should drive an extra 2.4km to go a station that isn’t the closest to where we live. It simply doesn’t make sense. Why start off your very public commitment to take trains from a station that isn’t even the closest one to your house? Why not Puhinui, or Homai, or Manurewa?, All three are closer to his house.

Surely public transport is about most efficient use of resources. It is hugely ironic then that the Council’s own transport calculator provided by Maxx says the best thing Len Brown could have done was take a bus after walking 3.4kms tot he bus stop and another 800m at the end of the journey. Not a single mention of a train anywhere in the journey. One thing about buses is that they need roads, so Len Brown should take heed of his own transport agency and start investing in better roads not silly rail loops.

Take the bus Len Brown

Maxx says take the bus, Lenny.

That all means one thing. Len Brown’s great public start to his commitment to take the train to work is nothing but a hollow publicity stunt based on spin, obfuscation, and outright lies. I’ll lay dollars to a knob of goat poo that the trip taken yesterday will be Len Brown’s last trip on a train before he films himself for his campaign video smiling and waving from a train in two years time.

Public transport is cool…for other people…it’s cool…until you start looking at reality…then it sucks.

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