Election 2014 - Party Policies - Transport

Election 2014 - Party Policies - Transport


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  • ACT believes that road user charges should be implemented so that roads are used more efficiently, so that more direct price signals are provided for the building of additional roads, and so to provide revenue for public private partnerships. (more here)

  • Ensure city buses and trains run every few minutes at peak times.
  • Invest at least $100 million a year in new safe, separated walking and cycling infrastructure.
  • Boost regional transport spending, including revitalising the rail transport backbone.
  • Deliver our Student Green Card giving students free access to off-peak public transport. (more here)

  • Build a 21st century transport system that provides choice and is cost effective.
  • Rebalance the transport budget away from the current government’s exclusive focus on motorway projects towards a more rational investment in the most efficient and sustainable combination of transport modes. For freight this means investing in roads, rail, our ports, and coastal shipping. In our cities it means a greater emphasis on public transport, and walking and cycling.
  • Invest in the Congestion Free Network for Auckland.
  • Reduce congestion in Auckland by building the City Rail Link immediately, funding it 50:50 with Auckland Council.
  • Eliminate an unnecessary hassle by removing the annual registration charge for light trailers and caravans. (more here)

  • Invest in the building and running of environmentally sustainable public transport systems in all major population centres, including buses, rail, ferries, walkways, and cycle lanes.
  • Free public transport services for those under 25 and those over 65 and $1 per fare for all others.
  • Secure state ownership of the nation’s transport infrastructure – railways, airline, and ports.
  • Provide leadership for port reform to ensure an efficient and competitive port network, and where investment is targeted at bluewater ports that are fully integrated with rail networks and inland ports.
  • Ensure that the rights of migrant transport workers, including those in the maritime industry, are upheld so that they receive wages and conditions of work equal to New Zealand workers. (more here)

  • We will reduce transport disadvantage, by shifting the focus of private car use to one where public transport, walking and cycling are core. We want to rebuild neighbourhoods, focus on community safety and be connected to our environment.
  • Improving urban design and broadband, so that people are less likely to have to travel, or can walk or cycle. (more here)

  • $100 million in new funding for urban cycleways, and the creation of a cycleways investment panel to identify the best projects.
  • Keep building the Roads of National Significance to address capacity constraints on our roading network and encourage economic growth.
  • Kick-start the Accelerated Regional Roading Package with a $212 million investment in a suite of important regional roading projects.
  • Accelerate important State Highway projects in Auckland to reduce congestion, capitalise on the Western Wing Route, and improve connections to the airport. (more here)


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  • Support public private partnerships (PPPs) and other investment options for urgently-needed, high cost highways for which there is significant community support, but continue to treat the National Land Transport Fund as the primary source of funding.
  • Promote research into alternative energy sources for transport, such as fuel cells.
  • Improve the school bus system to assist decongesting roads in the major cities.
  • Encourage the use of electric and hybrid motor vehicles.
  • Implement policies to reduce the average age of New Zealand’s vehicle fleet, thereby reducing average fuel consumption and vehicle emissions. (more here)

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