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Transport and social equity: Part 2 Fares

By   /  October 29, 2013  /  Julie Anne Genter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  4 Comments

There is no question, public transport fares in New Zealand – generally speaking – are too high. Especially in Auckland.

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Transport and social equity: Part 1

By   /  October 22, 2013  /  Julie Anne Genter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  4 Comments

Reducing car dependence is therefore critical to increase the opportunities for everyone to participate in society, and to reduce the cost burden on low- and middle-income households. And this doesn’t simply mean replacing all our current car journeys with public transport.

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TRAINSPOTTING: National’s delay to rail link will cost us half a billion (and counting)

By   /  September 24, 2013  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Julie Anne Genter, Most Recent Blogs  /  5 Comments

It’s easy for John Key to promise to start a project in 2020, when he will be long gone. By the time the capacity issues hit our existing buses and trains in 2021, most of the transport budget will have been blown on expensive, unnecessary motorways

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TRAINSPOTTING: National’s PPP swindle

By   /  September 17, 2013  /  Julie Anne Genter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  4 Comments

National has been trying to spin PPP’s like somehow they are going to save taxpayers money – but they will do exactly the opposite.

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TRAINSPOTTING: How a feebate works (this one’s for you, Duncan.)

By   /  September 10, 2013  /  Julie Anne Genter, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  10 Comments

Duncan clearly didn’t quite pick up on that point, unfortunately, and promptly tweeted that the Greens were planning to put an additional tax on all petrol cars.

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TRAINSPOTTING: Latest motorway madness

By   /  September 3, 2013  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Julie Anne Genter, Most Recent Blogs  /  2 Comments

Two recent reports have highlighted the economic insanity of the Government’s motorway programme. You may think “insanity” is a bit OTT, but I use it to mean something quite precise: doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.

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TRAINSPOTTING: The end of car dependency and the future of civilisation

By   /  August 27, 2013  /  Julie Anne Genter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  5 Comments

New Zealand is one of the last developed countries to still be throwing a huge chunk of the transport budget at new (or duplicate) highway capacity. It is well established in the literature that motorways do not reduce congestion,

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