The Campaign for Better Transport, Walk Auckland, Cycle Action Auckland and Living Streets Aotearoa have created a new campaign and website looking at affordable transport initiatives the new Council can make during it’s first term to create a much better transport system for the city. It’s called Easy Transport Auckland, ETA. There are eleven projects the campaign is advocating for and hopes to get a commitment on these from as many candidates for our local body elections as possible before the election.
The eleven initiatives are:
Project: Enjoy fast, frequent ferries to and from an expanded downtown terminal
ETA 2014: Upgrade the Half Moon Bay terminal and expand the ferry service.
PROJECT: Open Auckland’s clogged arteries for more efficient freight and car trips
ETA 2014: Plan and fund strategic corridor improvements
PROJECT: Enjoy fast, frequent, friendly ferries to and from an expanded downtown terminal
ETA 2014: Expand the Downtown ferry terminal to cater for up to 500 movements, by building new berths on Queens Wharf.
Project: Provide efficient cross-city bus services linking homes and businesses across Panmure-Botany-Manukau
ETA 2014: Plan, fund and implement strategic cross-city bus services for Panmure-Botany-Manukau.
Project: Extend the Northern Busway from Albany to Orewa
ETA 2014: Plan and fund Northern Busway Extension
Project: Provide plentiful, convenient cycle parking at all train,ferry and bus stations and town centres
ETA 2014: Plan, fund and implement adequate train, ferry and bus station and town centre bike parking.
Project: Enable everyday trips on a network continuous cycle routes
ETA 2014: Plan, fund and implement 50% of the regional cycle network (276km of new routes)
Project: Slower traffic zones in all town centres.
ETA 2014: Plan, fund and implement initiatives for slower traffic in town centres.
Project: Enjoy the CBD as a walkers’ paradise — from Vic Park to Uni and K’ Rd to the sea.
ETA 2014: Plan, fund and implement wider footpaths, or other pedestrian-friendly improvements, for High, Quay, Victoria, Wellesley and Wyndham Streets.
Project: Fly all the way to the airport on a dedicated train line.
ETA 2014: Designate/buy land to protect the route for the Airport train line.
Budget: $1.6b (est.)
Project: Swift travel, not just to Britomart, but through it — on the CBD loop train tunnel.
ETA 2014: Complete planning and funding and start construction for the CBD Tunnel
This is an exciting co-ordination of Auckland’s “alternative” (sad that anything apart from motorway, basic rail and bus advocation is alternative in Auckland) transport lobby and I hope it becomes an ongoing project to get commitment from politicians on important and practical transport solutions from election to election. The website is growing all the time and has more content than I’ve reproduced here. It is going to be well worth checking in on regularly: