I live in an area of Auckland where, if you travel by car in peak times, you will sit in a traffic jam on a road feeding on to the motorway for 20 to 30 minutes .
If you travel by bus ( we don’t have light rail in my neck of the woods) you’ll get into the city much quicker and help to reduce the impact on our environment.
One solution I’ve heard being offered is to take out a whole lot of houses on either side of the two lane problem road for maybe 15 Km so it can become a 4 lane feeder link.
No thanks. New roads have a habit of getting filled up with new traffic.
What if,instead, we made public transport free?
What if, at peak hour, you knew that there would be another bus in 5 minutes and a network of buses and trains could take you efficiently to where you wanted to go? What if those buses were electric ?
Last February Luxembourg , the smallest sovereign state in Europe (population 626,978) became the first country in the world to make all public transport free.
Why not us?
Bryan Bruce is one of NZs most respected documentary makers and public intellectuals who has tirelessly exposed NZs neoliberal economic settings as the main cause for social issues.