Congestion pricing

Guest Post – Auckland transport and reducing road congestion

Matthew Newman is the CEO of South Auckland Motors and Southern Autos and a real good bastard. He’s the bloke that arranged my Isuzu utes. He comments on Auckland’s transport issues.

Context 

  1. Auckland’s population is growing at historically fast rates; circa +40,000 in the 2015 year, with mid-range growth assumptions seeing a population of 2.2 M by 2035 (currently 1.7M)
  1. The region’s vehicle fleet is growing by around 200 (net) additional vehicles per day, or 70,000 annually
  1. Unlike Sydney, Melbourne and London (as examples), which have symmetrical, ‘circular’ urban topography, Auckland has a rectangular central isthmus, with long narrow ‘outliers’ to the north and south
  1. The topography in these other cities (identified above), lends itself to a ‘bike wheel’ rail network, with lines radiating out from the centre, coupled with ‘circular’ supplementary lines which ‘link’ the ‘spokes’ .
  1. As a result, the majority of residents are no more than a 10 minute walk from efficient public transport networks. They work, are well supported and for the majority of commuters, are their ‘default urban travel option’
  1. The OPPOSITE is the case in Auckland

Barriers to utilisation of public transport in Auckland 

  1. Geographical, distance and time barriers to the principal networks as identified above
  1. The rail network from the south is limited to 1 line. 1 line to the west (plus the Onehunga trunk) with none north of the bridge (alternative is the busway)
  1. To utilise these networks and materially reduce roading congestion requires vast numbers of commuters to:
    1. Drive to their train or bus station
    2. Find a park
    3. Pay for the park
    4. Assume the risk of damage or theft of their vehicle whilst parked
    5. Wait for the service
    6. Pay for the service
    7. Walk or taxi from where they exit the train or bus to their final destination
    8. Brave the ‘elements’

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Aucklanders: Congestion charging back on the menu as National and Len 2.0 come for your money

I don’t really think National would seriously consider introducing tolls on roads we already have paid for…especially in Auckland.

It would be political suicide. So anything the retiring root bag has to say on the matter is moot.

Aucklanders will have to pay to drive at peak times if the city is to overcome its growing traffic problems, says outgoing Auckland mayor Len Brown.

A joint transport strategy report released by the council and the Government yesterday said a dedicated project should develop ‘smarter transport pricing’ for implementation within the next ten years.

Brown said this meant a specific focus on congestion charges.    Read more »

How long before Len tries this here?

Len will be looking for something else now to control us and to raise even more taxes..

What better way than to have a congestion charging and add on a special tax for diesel vehicles….so he can tax his own buses he will try and force us onto.

London will follow Paris and introduce an outright ban on diesel cars which are causing “serious health damage” in the capital, campaigners warn.

The Mayor of Paris has announced radical plans to ban diesel cars from the French capital by 2020 due to concerns about how much pollution the cars cause.

Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, is also grappling with the issue of how to tackle pollution from the fuels fumes which contain tiny particles and nitrogen oxides and have been increasingly proven to be seriously damaging to health.

France, which has the highest number of diesel cars on the road, will now ban the cars out right with Anne Hidalgo, the Parisian Mayor pledging “an end to diesel in Paris in 2020”.  Read more »

Bad news for Len’s tolls plan

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The government has poured cold water on Len Brown’s jacked up solution for paying for his monuments via road tolls.

Lenny clearly wasn’t listening when John Key said he could have his rail loop but only if four conditions were met. One of those was no tolls.

The Government has rejected two proposals for getting Auckland road users to pay for an estimated $12 billion shortfall in funding for roading projects.

The first proposal – suggested by a think-tank commissioned by Auckland mayor Len Brown – involved ongoing higher rates paired with fuel tax increases of 3.5 cents annually and the second included higher public transport fares and charges to use existing roads.  Read more »

If you can have a referendum on tolling, why not on Maori seats?

Len Brown wants a referendum on tolling motorists to pay for his trainset:

Auckland Mayor Len Brown is considering a referendum on tolls and congestion charges to finance the $2.4 billion inner city rail loop and other transport projects.

Tolls and congestion charges will be included in his first 10-year budget as alternative funding sources to rates and taxes to meet a $10 billion funding shortfall for major transport projects.

Mr Brown yesterday told a Herald Project Auckland business lunch that he was considering a referendum to get a mandate to introduce new charges on motorists as alternative funding sources to rates and taxes.

It is great that Len Brown is considering a referendum, and since he is, how about he adds on a referendum question about Maori seats on the Auckland Council?

Len chooses "other people"

In a great voting winning strategy Len Brown has decided to tax the crap out of private transport, meaning only the wealthy will be able to afford to drive. he has many nefarious schemes to do this including congestion charges, taxes on private transport, regional fuel taxes and perhaps most nefarious of all he will stop funding roads.

The Auckland Council’s spatial plan proposes funding public transport improvements with congestion charges, network access charges, a regional fuel tax and levies on private parking spaces.

Sure, this will win him a lot of votes in the chardonnay socialist parts of central auckland but will cost him a lot in his power base of South Auckland.