The same study that trumpeted Wellington as the most liveable city in the world, has Auckland as the 3rd most expensive in the world for Public Transport, behind only London and Dublin.
Now London and Dublin’s PT is a little more advanced than Auckland’s, but still the price for a monthly pass here comes in above Tokyo and New York.
And for some reason our roads-obsessed government refuses to let Auckland Council have a regional fuel tax or motorway charging to help subsidise the cost of building PT infrastructure, as Auckland desperately tries to create the PT network it is decades behind on.
Auckland’s also 8th most expensive in the world for an 8km taxi ride – no doubt due to the congestion as the government keeps pushing roads over PT for getting people around.
Noticeably Auckland is marked lower than Wellington for pollution in the Quality of Life index – all those cars don’t add up to a smog free morning.
We need a government that knows how to get Auckland moving…