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Cheaper Public Transport Say North Shore Residents

Published: Tue 2 Nov 1999 09:17 AM
North Shore City Council
North Shore residents want cheaper and more frequent public transport services.
North Shore City residents say cheaper fares, more frequent services and better links between services are the main improvements that would encourage them to use public transport more often.
More than 700 residents returned feedback forms as part of North Shore City Council’s Project FaB (Ferries and Buses), an initiative aimed at improving and promoting public transport in the city. They highlighted cost, frequency of service and routes as their main issues of concern. But they said they were pretty satisfied with the safety, comfort and accessibility of the city’s public transport system.
The city hosted a public forum at the Bruce Mason Centre in Takapuna tonight to discuss the feedback results and give residents a chance to have questions answered and raise their concerns with transport operators and planners.
Project FaB co-ordinator and North Shore City Council transport planner Alison Dunatov says the council was very pleased with level of response to its call for feedback on public transport services in the city and how they could be improved.
"Project FaB is all about trying to find out how we can make a difference. We also need to know what our community wants so we can act as an advocate on their behalf and let other decision-making organisations like the Auckland Regional Council and local transport operators know our residents’ concerns," says Ms Dunatov.
The council will be holding a series of community workshops after the open forum and then drawing up an action plan for public transport improvements, says Ms Dunatov.

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