Election 2017 - Party Policies - Transport - Public Transport
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- Commit to building the Congestion Free Network of major public transport projects in Auckland, starting with light rail to the airport.
- Make all public transport free, all the time, for everyone under the age of 19, with a new Youth Green Card.
- Recommit to the Student Green Card, providing free off-peak public transport for all tertiary students and apprentices.
- Wellington Transport Plan: fast track light rail to Newtown and the Airport, help deliver a fully electric bus fleet, and make Wellington safe for cycling.
- Christchurch Transport Plan: invest over $400 million in Christchurch transport to make it easier for people to get around cheaply and quickly, by bike, bus, and train; and establish three new rapid transit lines in Christchurch by 2022.
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- Re-negotiate the 30 year Auckland Transport Alignment Plan (ATAP) with Auckland to develop a modern transport network based on the Congestion Free Network 2.0.
- Create a passenger rail service linking Auckland, Hamilton, and Tauranga and, if justified by demand, upgrade it in stages to a rapid rail network throughout the Golden Triangle.
- Restructure the New Zealand Transport Agency to ensure it can fund the best transport solution for a given region or corridor, regardless of mode, operator or agency responsible.
- Make it easier and safer to walk or cycle in our communities by committing more funding to urban cycleways, active neighbourhoods projects, and the Skypath on Auckland Harbour Bridge.
- Commit an additional $100m from the National Land Transport Fund in capital investment to Greater Christchurch multi-modal public transport, including commuter rail from Rolleston to the CBD as a first step.
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- Make excellent quality public transport for people in all major population centres, and in regional areas where there is a need, a major priority.
- Seek to encourage the greatest possible use of public transport, especially at peak times, for people to commute to work, to school, to hospitals, and to meet their other transport needs.
- Make greater use of the Land Transport Fund and other sources of revenue to ensure that public transport is well resourced.
- Subject every major new urban roading project to a requirement that its transport objectives cannot better be achieved partly or wholly through an alternative public transport option or options taking account of regional or national transport strategy criteria as well as a wide range of cost/benefit considerations including externalities and socio-economic considerations, as well as city/district and regional plans. Light rail, ferries, buses with traffic propriety measures, and off road and on road cycling and walking routes must form a part of these considerations.
- Prioritise public transport vehicles and services in favour of electrification over liquid fuel powered vehicles and services, and in favour of high capacity vehicles and services, and in favour of high frequency services at peak times.
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