Delivering on transport
Auckland’s transport woes are holding our city back, with congestion estimated to be costing over a billion dollars a year in lost productivity. Too many people are injured on our roads and our road toll is climbing - deaths and serious injuries on roads since 2012 have nearly doubled.
Council has recently signed off on the largest investment in transport our city has ever seen. For the first time, Auckland has a properly funded long term transport plan. However Council needs to make sure that this delivers on its promise and that we don’t lose sight of the local issues.
My vision for transport
I want to live in an Auckland where we have a wide range of transport options, including public transport, active modes and private vehicles. Instead of a one-size-fits-all solution, we’ve invested heavily in infrastructure that supports people making the choice that suits them. Powered by electric buses and trains our public transport is reliable, affordable and accessible enabling large amounts of people to move across the city effectively with minimal environmental impact. We have a connected network of physically separated cycling and walking paths that allow people to use safely use active modes, especially around our schools. For those that need or choice to drive, the roads are safe and travel times are predictable. We’ve reduced congestion, unlocked the billions in lost productivity and achieved Vision Zero with no road fatalities or injuries.
Practical policy to achieve this
If elected I will:
Maximising the massive transport investment by ensuring it is used appropriately and effectively to deliver real improvements to congestion and safety.
Champion for the Eastern Busway to be prioritised to better connect East Auckland to the rail network and beyond, while minimising disruption to the community during implementation.
Push for faster delivery of rapid transit from Botany through to the airport (potentially leveraging the proposed rail station at Puhinui). Including consideration of light and heavy rail immediately or future proofed to enable it.
Cater to local transport needs including public transport recognising that there's plenty to do out East without leaving the area.
Ensure that we continue investment around our award winning Half Moon Bay ferry terminal so it can meet its potential as a transport hub.
Advocate for an Eastern bike network (including separated cycle lanes) to provide safe choices, especially for school children.
Lift the safety of our roads with a critical review of problem areas, including known crash areas. Address with changes to road layout, speed limits and traffic calming where appropriate.
Work closely with the Howick Local Board to develop a short to medium term plan for local transport improvements and securing funding to make it happen.
Ensure that every school in our area has safe transport options for students by eliminating overcrowding on school buses, ensuring crossings are safe, and providing cycle and walking paths.
Ensure school buses operate on schedules and routes that work for those that use them by ensuring better engagement with schools, parents and students.
Transform public transport to ensure it it connects our homes, work and schools in an affordable, reliable and cost effective manner.
Help reduce our carbon emissions and air pollution by accelerating the purchase of electric buses.
Provide better transparency on upcoming transport projects and ensuring more opportunities for real engagement to provide feedback on issues and ideas.
Monitor the impact of the regional fuel tax on households, especially those with fixed incomes. The investment in transport cannot be at the cost of our people.
Push strongly for alternative funding to the regional fuel tax to be introduced at the earliest possible time (such as congestion charging), while progressively reducing the regional fuel tax.
Ensure that the regional fuel tax delivers on its promise with close monitoring and transparent reporting on the revenue, expenditure and value delivered.