Wellington Scoop

Commuting on public transport continues to increase

Report from RNZ
More Wellingtonians are taking trains and buses to and from work. Wellington City Council transport data shows that daily commuter numbers have grown by 10,000 over the last 20 years, to 84,000 people.

Over that period 4300 people ditched their cars to walk, cycle, catch a train or bus to work, but 40,000 people continued to take a private vehicle.

Trains had the biggest increase, with 7000 more people travelling on them every day.

Wellington Mayor Justin Lester said that was due to extra spending on trains.

“When you invest in train services – and we’ve seen that to the north of the city, for example – and you’ve got a reliable service that’s new with the Matangi trains, people will use it,” Mr Lester said. “There’s been significant uptake. Likewise, you need to do that for buses and you need to make sure that you provide mass transit to other parts of the city.”

Wellington councillor Chris Calvi-Freeman said there needed to be a mass-transit system (as proposed by LGWM) that would extend from Wellington station via Newtown and Kilbirnie to the airport and Miramar. “It would be a game changer in reducing congestion and encouraging more sustainable commuting. I want to see it in place in less than 10 years – ideally 8, to coincide with the end of some of the current bus contracts, although these can be varied a little to suit.”

Next Wednesday, the council will consider a $6.4 billion transport proposal including rapid transit from the centre of the city to the airport.

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  1. mason, 23. June 2019, 10:17

    And yet the council thinks a few guided bendy buses called trackless trams are all the Eastern Suburbs require.

  2. Donald T., 23. June 2019, 15:02

    A few bendy buses would be a start, and it would mean my rates don’t go by hundreds of dollars a year.

  3. S P, 23. June 2019, 15:58

    These numbers are not very meaningful.
    10,000 more commuters over 20 years, that is on average 500 per year. What was the increase or decrease over the last 5 years? The population has increased. Is the increase of passenger numbers proportional to the population increase? [In Auckland there were 10 million trips on public transport in March – which was a record. In January, the number of morning commuters on Auckland’s public transport went up by six per cent.]

  4. Asher Wilson-Goldman, 24. June 2019, 8:41

    When we build effective public transport systems – like the Kāpiti Line train I’m currently sitting on – people will use them. This helps the environment and takes cars off the road to make travel easier for those who genuinely need to drive. [via twitter]

  5. glenn, 24. June 2019, 15:54

    You have to be kidding. Going by my limited maths, that’s 500 a year for the last twenty years. So it’s grown by 10,000, but the regional population has grown by 80,000 odd. “There’s been significant uptake” … whereabouts exactly?