Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Letter to the editor NZ Herald

The Business Forum's proposal to add a punitive $2 toll on to public transport tickets to fund more big roads is the opposite of what Auckland needs.

Instead, it's time funding was ploughed into public transport to get us out of our cars and cut this obsession for more roads.

Auckland already has the largest amount of bitumen than any other comparable city.

As your editoral (NZ Herald 14 November) states; "To attract and retain patronage, public transport has not only to be fast, frequent, convenient and comfortable. It has to be affordable." If we really want to succeed - why not divert a fraction of the millions of dollars earmarked for more roads and make public transport fare-free?

Roger Fowler,
Mangere East.
15 November 2011.

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