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Greens launch public transport action plan – discounted fares, free wi-fi

Press Release – Green Party
Heavily discounted public transport fares, free Wi-Fi in all transport hubs in Wellington, electric bus and car fleets, and more central city and suburban green spaces will be at the top of the agenda if the Green Party’s Wellington local government candidates are re-elected.

The Green Party’s Wellington transport action plan will be launched at a public event on Tuesday, 6.30pm, at the Sustainability Trust on Forresters Lane, Te Aro, Wellington.

“Wellington’s congestion won’t be solved by a few expensive motorway projects. We need investment in fast, clean and affordable public transport, and we need Green councillors to make that happen,” said Green Party transport spokesperson Julie Anne Genter MP.

Wellington Regional Councillor Paul Bruce said the Greens would introduce a 25 percent discount on buses off-peak; 50 percent full-fare student discounts, and free bus transfers, in response to public concern about the cost of public transport.

Wellington Regional Councillor Sue Kedgley said replacing polluting, noisy diesel buses with modern electric buses within 10 years, as well as introducing light rail, would make the city centre more attractive for pedestrians and cyclists and increase bus patronage, which has plateaued for several years.

“Having invested millions in upgrading our train services, we now need a similar level of investment in our bus services,” said Cr Kedgley.

Wellington City Councillor Sarah Free said all transport hubs in Wellington should be warm and sheltered and have free Wi-Fi.

“We will also bring on an electric revolution. With a fully electric bus fleet, light rail and more electric car charging stations, Wellington can be the electric vehicle capital of Australasia,” said Cr Free.

“Many policies so far announced by other candidates rely on outdated 20th century ways of thinking,” said Wellington City Councillor Iona Pannett.

“As global temperatures increase, we need more people walking, cycling and taking public transport and green spaces and less asphalt.

“Introducing 30km and 40km speed limits throughout the city will make it safer and easier to walk and cycle, especially for kids. We can afford all these initiatives if money is reallocated from the National Roads of Significance programme,” said Cr Pannett.

What: Green Party Wellington Transport Launch

When: Tuesday, 19 July, 6:30-8:00pm

Where: Sustainability Trust, Forresters Lane (off Tory St), Te Aro, Wellington.

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  1. Curtis Nixon, 19. July 2016, 14:14

    Great stuff. i’m looking forward to going to this launch tonight.

  2. Hel, 19. July 2016, 19:59

    Great, discounts on bus fares in response to public concerns about the cost of public transport. This means a greater subsidy from rates! What about public concern about the cost of rates. The beauty of these guys is you can want anything, promise anything and nothing has to be costed.

  3. Ross Clark, 19. July 2016, 20:51

    To the Green councillors – what would you do about the availability of commuter and other parking in the CBD?

    The other thing is that fares aren’t necessarily the main determinant of bus demand. Service is – invest in service improvements, and you will see demand grow. E.g. extending bus priority lanes are a good place to start.

  4. luke, 21. July 2016, 11:31

    extending bus lanes is a good idea. low hanging fruit except for a few whining nimbys losing the right to store their private property free on arterials.

  5. Wellington Commuter, 21. July 2016, 12:32

    The problem with extending the bus lanes is where are you going to fit the protected cycleways … there is simply not enough width on many Wellington roads for both even if you remove roadside parking.

    Of course the Greens could be planning to have combined buslane/cycleways (painted green of course) but then buses would operate at the speed of the slowest cyclist which sort of defeats the whole point of having buslanes 🙁

  6. Maria van der Meel, 21. July 2016, 13:14

    It is a pity WCC sold all their parking buildings to Mr Kwok, the richest man in China, and with it their ability to provide the citizenry with park/ride options at a reasonable rate. Voting for Celia Wade Brown.