Auckland's Climate Action Plan

There needs to be more public transport to encourage me to use it more often

Tell us what improvements need to be made in the comments below.

edited on Nov 14, 2018 by Climate Action

AlexSB 2 months ago

The great majority of households (according to the I Am Auckland status report 2017) are not in walkable distance to a frequent transit stop. That is not sufficient. As well as building upon the public transport network there needs to be some really good urban design (including family houses) filling in any gaps - perhaps brown field sites on the isthmus - close to where the frequent transit is.

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Kitt Isidro 2 months ago

Auckland needs to have an efficient and reliable transport network - Ferries, Trains and buses should all be connected into a complex transport network system. Fullers should be penalised every time their ferries run late (which are almost always late)

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Kim Graham 2 months ago

It would be fantastic to have zero-emission transportation across New Zealand. I hate the big whiff of exhaust I get when the bus goes by me. We are on an island, so as such, it requires tonnes of fossil fuel to get here and then again to leave. Then, once you're here, you need more fossil fuel to get around, hence the smell of exhaust. There needs to be a train from the airport to the CBD, with no emissions and can move thousands of people efficiently. Then, the ferries need to be electric. Buses should maybe be hydrogen or electric, and cars can be reduced to rare, and discouraged, forms of transportation. Fundamentally, transportation is a service and needs to be so convenient that taking a car becomes an annoyance.

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Florence Kwok 2 months ago

It will be awesome, if the train network can be built and extended to Eastern Auckland area. The traffic is too congested in Eastern Auckland area.

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Fred Smithers 2 months ago

Agree with many of the comments above but would like to add the equity component. Improving transport in the central area is important but largely benefits the wealthy. Building new light and heavy rails leads to gentrification along the alignment. So, what we need to complement investments on the isthmus are big investments on the periphery of Auckland to retrofit frequent, reliable and efficient low carbon transit into these areas which otherwise suffer from enforced car dependence. This can be done relatively cheaply (priority bus lanes, cycle lanes and improved integration of trains, buses, walking and cycling). Improving transport on the outskirts of Auckland will reduce the impact of the fuel tax on these communities, and increase opportunities and well-being in the outer-Auckland region.

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Richard Butler 1 month ago

Public transport in Auckland is very expensive compared to other cities. It should be cheaper

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Sarah McKay 1 month ago

Train tracks should have been laid in both directions to allow for traffic in both directions and more frequent train services.

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Miriam Moore 1 month ago

We need more options so that living without a car is easier and equitable. Getting to and from the city centre is mostly easy, especially in higher socio-economic suburbs as we prioritise the 9-5 worker. We need more public transport outside of these hours to make our city safer at night, and for those working in typically lower paid jobs who work outside these hours. More cross-town options are needed so PT trips to doctors/supermarkets/dropping the kids off become more commonplace.

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Shane Lewis 1 month ago

Train access needs to be extended - north shore and eastern suburbs have no direct access

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Suzanne Sandiford 1 month ago

If we want the next generation to build habits of using public transport then there needs to be more yes. Beachlands and Maraetai have a very limited service at weekends leaving our young people limited choice either to stay home or travel by car - I hope this will help to reduce the drink driving too :(

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Shirley Coutts 1 month ago

We also need more incentives like cheaper fares. We are actively pursuing disincentives to driving (fuel tax, increased cost of parking especially in the city, less car parks etc) which is contributing to raising the standard of living and creating disparity. Large households with (for example) 6-7 people would still be better off financially driving everyone to work/school than pay daily for 6-7 hop cards. We need more public transport and we need to help everyone including those with limited options to choose to use it.

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Fei Yau Lim 1 month ago

Singapore is well known for its public transportation and utilization.

Maybe there are some nuggets we can pick from ...

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Maddie Little 1 month ago

More links to non-central suburbs are needed. Also better bike lanes!

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Jennifer Joynt 1 month ago

We need to change the rules on cycling on the pavement where no separate cycle lane is available, I've been told off with my small children by grumpy pedestrians for not making them cycle on a main highway. Kids should always be allowed to cycle on the pavement.

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Marcus Palmer 1 month ago

The more the better in my opinion. And things like scooters to fill the gaps between stations has been great for me.

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PR Payne 1 month ago

It would be great if buses had bike racks - would really open up a lot more options for me

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Juliet Williams 1 month ago

Attitude change
I often hear friends who drive complaining about having to pass or wait for a 'nearly empty' bus or train. I get to either remind them that due to the time of day most people are catching it in the opposite direction, but it still has to return to the start of the route to pick up more - or also that I'm in the car with them because my train has stopped running for the night, seemingly because there's 'no demand'. If people can't use PT reliably then yeah, there will be 'no demand'... because we need something that actually takes us where we're going.
Night services
This is the biggest - I can't even go to a weeknight movie after work and make it to the last train, I have to catch a bus, which takes an extra 40 minutes including a long walk home from the terminus - not so safe at night so I've stopped doing it. Several times when ensuring I make it to the last scheduled service, it's actually been cancelled due to 'train crew matters' or faults, and that leaves you stranded as well. It basically means if planning to be out late I will arrange a ride or else I will go home, get my car and return - that shouldn't have to be the case!
Train faults and delays
Everything fails sometimes, so it's understandable that there are occasional delays, but our train lines are already not able to sustain the services they run without weekly disruptions, and CRL is supposed to double the capacity. If our current lines, points, and stations can't be brought up to standard quickly, and more crew can't be added, then it's just going to mean even more frustrating delays on the sparkling new network.

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