16 August 2013
Easing congestion shows rail, public transport must be priority
New figures from Auckland Transport show congestion is easing in the city as people drive less and use public transport
more, meaning the National Government's billion dollar motorways should not be the priority, Green Party transport
spokesperson Julie Anne Genter said today.
New figures from Auckland Transport show a substantial decline in congestion and rise in public transport use as petrol
prices have risen in recent years. The report states: “the all day average congestion indicator shows that congestion
for the entire network and the freight routes has been decreasing since 2009. The biggest decline in traffic congestion
has been in the morning peak”. Ministry of Transport figures confirm that Aucklanders are driving 5 percent less per
capita since 2006 while public transport boardings per capita in Auckland have increased 27 percent over the same
“National needs to explain why they want to waste billions of taxpayer dollars on low-value motorways when congestion is
easing because of investment in public transport,” said Ms Genter.
“New Zealanders deserve to know that we’re getting the best value out of our transport tax dollars. We can build a
congestion-free, low-carbon transport network by prioritising projects like the City Rail Link, extending rail to the
North Shore, and improving bus networks.
“National has it backwards, pouring billions into low-value projects like Puhoi to Wellsford and Transmission Gully,
which will not substantially reduce transport costs even for the few that use those routes regularly.
“Aucklanders want good alternatives to driving, especially as petrol prices rise. Experience shows us that when the
alternatives are there Aucklanders will use them, and that means a more cost-efficient, environmentally friendly, and
less congested transport system for all New Zealanders," said Ms Genter.
Auckland vkt and pt figures
Auckland20022003200420052006200720082009201020112012change since peak drivingvehicle kilometres travelled per person8,2348,3218,3548,4518,5478,4908,5048,4038,3528,3108,147-4.7%public transport boardings per person35.841.339.137.637.237.638.340.741.544.347.226.6%