2. Delivering on transport
Auckland’s transport woes at holding our city back, with congestion estimated to be costing over a billion dollars a year in lost productivity. Even worse, 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.
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.
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.
Transform public transport to ensure it it connects our homes, work and schools in an affordable, reliable and cost effective manner.
Ensure school buses operate on schedules and routes that work for those that use them by ensuring better engagement with schools, parents and students.