FIT/Generation Zero Presentation to GW RLTC meeting on item 7 on the agenda (BRT business plan): 10am Tuesday, 8 September 2015 at GW
FIT/Generation Zero Presentation to GW Sustainable Transport Committee meeting on part 3 of item 4 on the agenda (General Managers’ Report, Regional Transport Planning, BRT business case update): 9:30am Wednesday, 9 September 2015 at GW
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- subtitle: “Briefing to Decision Makers” (appears on cover and in page footer of books and reports)
- I represent FIT Wellington—Fair, Intelligent, Transport. Why ‘Fair’? Because we believe the spine study unfairly side-lined light rail with inflated costs. Why ‘Intelligent’? Because bulldozing a route through Mt Victoria and the unpopulated town belt is not intelligent: it will not fulfil the excellent aims of the spine study, “to produce a high quality, modern public transport system for the Greater Wellington region.”
- We comprise engineers, scientists, policy analysts and climate & health professionals, with community walking & cycling advocates.
- We present alongside Generation Zero: their generation will inherit plans made now.
- Jenny Chetwynd post-flyover says, “So it’s about going back to the community & taking a fresh approach.” Here we are, and here’s a fresh approach.
- John Milford of the Wellington Employers’ Chamber of Commerce says, “We need to get together to sort it out.” We’re ready when you are.
- Our solution for the Basin Reserve is simple. Our route will bypass and help decongest it.
- Our research shows that BRT as presently configured for Wellington does not qualify as such according to internationally-agreed BRT criteria—neither will it be rapid nor provide the capacity required.
- Here are route options which are credible, affordable and consistent with LRT best-practice world-wide. You have copies. I won’t go into detail: we did that in a very productive meeting with Greg Campbell and Wayne Hastie on Monday, 7 September 2015. The map should be viewed with the explanatory text and costings sent to Greg: we ask that he send it to all members of your committee.1
- The route options are not the only possible: they are there for discussion.
- We prefer a route along the whole of Lambton Quay if technically possible.
- We agree that the currently-planned GW incremental bus improvements should go ahead as an interim measure…
- But we believe climate change and the shift away from fossil fuels require a paradigm shift.
- We need high capacity, all-electric public transport. It should be urgently planned for now.
- If we start today, Wellington could have a world-class light rail tram service between the Railway Station and the Airport, via the Hospital, by 2030: this for an estimated cost as low as $450 million.
- We are happy to enter discussions with all decision-makers and welcome questions now.