Saturday, September 28, 2019
Christchurch Mayoral candidate’s statement
It was fantastic to see so many people out in the square today, marching for action on climate change
In Christchurch, 53% of our carbon emissions come from transportation – mainly cars and trucks 🚗
We can significantly reduce this by creating a better public transportation system, including FREE & frequent buses.
A person who switches from their car to a bus has 15x lower greenhouse gas emissions 🌱
Now before you panic — This forward-thinking idea has already been implemented in cities around the world... and it's working! There have been significant financial and environmental benefits to these schemes, so it really is a WIN/WIN.
Many of you have asked - "BUT WHO PAYS?!?"
Here in Ōtautahi, we have a dramatically imbalanced funding allocation between road development and public transportation. This NEEDS to be fixed ASAP.
Funds will be redistributed more practically between both road development & public transport so that we can invest in a more sustainable and practical future for Christchurch.
This would require negotiation with the government and ECAN but, this will be easily achievable. The policy would lead to a rethink of the hugely expensive and unsustainable roading projects currently being developed for Christchurch.
In short: there are no increased rates or other tax increases needed to implement this policy, as we will be rebalancing the allocations between road dev and public transport. It's that simple.
This really is the BEST way forward for Christchurch.
❓ What are the benefits ❓
✅ EVERYBODY benefits – even those who never use a bus or train will be able to travel In a gridlock-free roading network.
✅ More time at home instead of buried in traffic congestion.
✅ No extra charges for anyone – no rates increases, no extra fuel taxes, no congestion charges, no network charges, no toll roads, no PPPs, …
✅ Improved productivity – roading congestion costs Christchurch tens of millions in lost productivity every year.
✅ Revitalising central Christchurch as more people travel to enjoy the central city, Lyttelton and the city beaches.
✅ Savings for workers and reduced income inequality. The Mayor of Tallinn has called it the “13th monthly salary” because of estimates the policy saves a month’s salary each year for workers using free public transport.
✅ Economic stimulation as workers have significantly more to spend in the real economy.
Find out more info about this policy here 👇