His latest effort is to have petition (online & offline versions) to present to Parliament at the end of the month. It has to be then, because it’s expected that the government (through NZTA) will cut the service in July or August.
Capital Connection is the only commuter train service in New Zealand that is run on a purely commercial model. Wellington’s (subsidised) Waikanae link is undermining it, and the Gerry Brownlee is refusing to get NZTA and KiwiRail to work together to work out the problem.
But NZTA only see rail and buses as useful for relieving congestion – they are bound to their cars.
The NZTA’s focus is on subsidising metropolitan public transport to relieve congestion and improve economic productivity […]
We’re keen to get people onto trains and buses to unclog our roads, but the reality is that we have to focus on the roads that do get clogged
Unable to see beyond those blinkers, they may even create a a congestion problem, as long as there isn’t one currently.
Surely NZTA should be focussed not just on roads, but on what is the most efficient way to get people and goods around the country, particularly planning for an expensive oil future?
At any rate, let’s support Iain, and get that petition spread and signed…