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Celia Wade-Brown wants “action” on new rapid bus system and new buses

Press Release – Wellington City Council
Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown has called for action on implementing the proposed Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) through the transport spine from Wellington Railway Station to Wellington Hospital.

The BRT emerged as the strongest option of three finalists along Wellington’s public transport spine in the Public Transport Spine Study, a joint study between the NZTA, Greater Wellington Regional Council and Wellington City Council.

“Wellington City Council has been consistent in its desire to promote better public transport and strong urban design in the Capital,” says the Mayor.

“On the evidence presented, Bus Rapid Transit has benefits similar to light rail, at a more affordable cost and with the added flexibility to expand the network to outer suburbs. There will be opportunity for people to critique any assumptions and conclusions in this study.

“High-quality, high-capacity, low-floor vehicles that can service places including Miramar, Kilbirnie, Island Bay and Karori are a real game changer. A BRT system allows the public to reach those suburbs more quickly without needing to change buses or modes of transport.

“It’s really important that higher-capacity vehicles along the Golden Mile are quiet and low-emission,” Mayor Wade-Brown says. “The very first steps are to designate the public transport corridor and get on with bus priority lanes.”

Councillor Andy Foster, Wellington City Council’s Transport Portfolio Leader, says the Public Transport Spine Study identified the best potential ways to boost public transport through Wellington.

“We’re trying to move more people, more quickly and more reliably, using fewer vehicles, and therefore reducing congestion through the central city,” says Cr Foster.

“Decisions on the type of public transport vehicles and the roading layout are required very soon. We need to have some outcomes over the next year.

“We want to make sure we’re integrating changes to public transport with changes to the roading layout, particularly on the approaches to and around the Basin Reserve.”

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2 comments:

  1. CC, 19. June 2013, 7:45

    Paragraph 2 should be: “The BRT emerged as the strongest option of three finalists along Wellington’s public transport spine in the Public Transport Spine Study, a joint study between the NZ Taxi Federation, Infratil, the Roads to Nowhere Minister, Wellington Employers Chamber of Commerce and the Basin Reserve Trustees.” Who else could magic such nonsensical costings to prove black is white and up is down? Oh yeah – the same people who seem to think a tunnel is a cost against light rail but astonishingly appears at no cost for BRT and who also trust that buses have negligible replacement, maintenance and running costs when some cities have light rail units still running on cost effective electricity after more than 80 years. No doubt Fran Wilde at Heart, Flip Flop Foster, One Term Wonder Wade Brown and Co. have arranged new employment with their sponsors for after the local body elections.

     
  2. Paula Warren, 19. June 2013, 20:45

    Celia is right to want good public transport and good urban design. But sadly the real flaw in the spine study is that the proposed solution won’t deliver that. Not because they chose BRT. But because…
    .They decided to continue to have too many vehicles going through the centre, instead of doing network reform to cut vehicle numbers.
    .They then decided to solve that problem by having two spines and forcing Wellington north buses into a busy street away from Lambton Quay.
    .They decided to treat the spine as just a Wellington south commuter route, when every user knows that it’s relevant to all the bus routes that go through the CBD – Eastbourne, Upper Hutt, Karori, Johnsonville, etc. So integration disappears.
    .They decided to put the part of the spine that goes to Kilbirnie through a busy road full of cars, without bus priority, and through an area where there aren’t large numbers of bus users. When we have a perfectly good bus tunnel that takes buses through suburbs full of people wanting to take buses.
    .They decided that light rail and buses couldn’t use the same route, because NZTA continues to treat the same risk differently depending on what sort of vehicle passengers are sitting on. That added $330m to the cost of light rail on its own.