One positive thing I have noticed recently is that Auckland Transport have started to improve the way they communicate the benefits of City Rail Link. I first noticed it at the announcement of the confirmed CRL route but it appears to be coming through in other channels too. Take part of this piece from the the Western Leader:
The capacity of West Auckland’s train system is set to double after the $2.56 billion City Rail Link is completed in 2021.
The plans released by Auckland Transport show the new route will join Britomart with Mt Eden before connecting to the western line.
Auckland Transport chief executive David Warburton says the project will benefit the whole city.
“The City Rail Link will allow people from New Lynn or Henderson to get into the city in half the time they are currently travelling so it will open the city up to a far bigger catchment of people coming into the city.
“I think we really need to emphasise that this is not a CBD loop per se.
“It’s not just about going around the centre city. It is about the city being linked to the rest of Auckland,” he says.
Here we have mention of capacity improvements, time savings, improved catchments and that it isn’t a loop with trains won’t go around in circles. With a project like the CRL it really is important for AT to get information out to the public in a way they can easily understand. While there is a lot more that they could do, this is a good start so is really pleasing to see. By being clear with what the benefits are it will help to dispel some of the myths and get even more of the public behind the project. Many of the points they are starting to make have been mentioned on this site before so perhaps they have been taking notice
Keep it up AT and next we will hopefully see some visual explanation of the benefits like these images below. The size of the road arrows includes bus passengers. Red = motorways, blue = local roads, green = rail, yellow = ferries