The AUCKLAND TRANSPORT BLOG are a bunch of nutters that should be ignored and given no space to air their stupid views at all, which frankly no Kiwi bloke would ever subscribe to anyway.
They should run a poll.
My staff see the the use of the bus as a sign of of personal failure , putting you way down on the social ladder, along with struggling single parents, students and beneficiaries.
Public Transport is seen as being for losers , the ultimate leveler in society , reduced to just a number among the masses waiting for the bus or train.
Both Sociologists and economists will tell you that people have choices, and clearly lots of people prefer the motor car to the train or bus.
For migrants , not wanting to use public transport and live like people in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Seoul or Mumbai is something any sensible person would choose, thats why they come here to live in New Zealand in such large numbers.
Personally, I dont want to use public transport , its too expensive , too erratic , does not take me where I want to go and Auckland is too cold and wet and windy in winter to stand waiting under unprotected bus shelters for a late bus .
The truth is that people prefer using their cars to smelly noisy unreliable diesel trains and busses whose drivers strike at a drop of a hat and cause commuter chaos.
Building a rail loop is just that …. a loopy idea that will only be of use to a minuscule portion of Aucklands population , but will be paid for by people in Whagaparoa and Coatesville.
I dont see why Auckland is being restricted in growth , when we have an immigration policy encouraging people to migrate here , we pack them in and restrict the availability of accomodation , its crazy;
I’m never sure quite how to respond to comments like these – which actually pop up reasonably frequently in the comments threads of various right-wing blogs. On the one hand pretty much every “fact” presented is incorrect and you can go through that pointing every little thing out – public transport use has increased a lot in the past few years, people make logical choices in their transport options and for most people the logical choice is to drive because of past investment, where we invest in public transport we get increased use, we simply can’t provide for population growth by building more road… and so forth.
But really, ultimately, rational debate isn’t going to win people over who think that if you catch the bus you’re a social failure. Interestingly, I think that “bus stigma” is a lot less prevalent in Auckland than in most US cities, thankfully. The success of the Northern Busway really highlighted that with a good service it certainly is possible to get middle-class professionals catching the bus in big numbers.
I suppose the real question is whether it’s even worth bothering debating with such viewpoints? I live in hope that opinions like this towards public transport are few and far between, but then I see the government’s insane transport policies and perhaps some of this ideology is shared by those in very powerful circles?