What could the future of Public Transport look like?

over 2 years ago

Our region is the highest user of Public Transport in the country so it's something we already know you take seriously. Through our integrated transport Metlink at Greater Wellington we are committed to delivering efficient and easy to use public transport options to connect our region.

We would love hear to your ideas on what public transport means to you and how we could improve it for the future - please leave your thoughts and ideas in the comments section below.

Kia ora, thanks for your interest. This project closed 30 April 2018. 

  • EdmundSS almost 2 years ago
    Congestion is expensive, both in time and in pollution. Elsewhere, people mention public transport etiquette, but driver education would help lots too. For example, when merging (like a zip!) leave space for the vehicle in the other lane, and leave it *early*, so the other driver can see their space, and they've left space for you. Then you can merge without having to almost stop. Being nose-to-tail at the point of merger slows everyone down.
  • Tim Jones about 2 years ago
    Two statements in Section 3 of the 2015-18 plan (see http://www.gwrc.govt.nz/assets/Plans--Publications/LTP-2015-25/Accessible-versions/2-Long-Term-Plan-2015-18-Section-3.pdf) are of particular concern to me:(1) GWRC will continue to provide broadly the current service level for public transport assets with some minor, progressive improvements to asset quality, condition and accessibility. (p73)(2) Increased travel demand to be offset by planned roading improvements resulting in little impact on PT demand. (p74)These statements:a) Reflect a lamentable lack of ambition with regard to growing public transport's mode share in the region;b) Appear to prejudge the outcome of the present "Let's Get Welly Moving" process, of which GW is a part, in a way which is both politically outdated and, in my view, legally questionable - in particular, the statement on p. 75 implies that a roading-dominated "solution" will be the outcome of LGWM, that this "solution" will in fact work to meet travel demand when even LGWM's own evidence tells us that it won't, and that travel demand management and the provision of high-quality mass transit will not form part of the LGWM's proposed solutions; and(c) Completely contradict the claim that GW will make climate change a priority by reducing regional emissions. Transport greenhouse emissions have been rapidly rising, and reducing these must be a top priority for GW. Increased mode share for public transport, walking and cycling are key to achieving such reductions.To meet your climate change objectives, to avoid a prejudicial view of the outcome of current transport planning processes, and to reflect changing transport priorities at a national level, I encourage you to replace these inadequate objectives with a focused programme of public transport improvements in the interim, and a commitment to maximise public transport benefits, together with walking and cycling, through the LGWM process.
  • ians about 2 years ago
    I am looking forward to the new draft long term plan including substantial funding for the development phase of the new light rail system from the Wellington railway station to the airport. Submissions to the LGWM consultation have been dominated by feedback that says "build a new electric rapid light rail system". The first light rail route to the airport must be completed well before the new Wellington bus contracts expire in 2028. Other routes to Karori and northern suburbs must also be well underway by that date. The liveability of our city depends on achieving a new rapid transport system. Please do not let us down and condemn us to expensive polluting options.
  • Trayne Ryder about 2 years ago
    In GWRC's list of key priorities it says, "Climate change: We will take a leadership role in reducing regional greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to climate change". I'm sorry, but I can no longer believe that. After GWRC's destruction of the trolley bus service and infrastructure, such a statement comes across as hypocritical and mere marketing hype. The entire fleet of already 100%-electric buses was taken out of service before any viable 100%-electric replacements were tested, proven and bedded in. We were fed hype about interim hybrid diesel-electric replacements that will likely never eventuate. Such hybrids would be a step forward if they were replacing the all-diesel buses, but a mighty step backward from the already all-electric buses we had. The GWRC's promise of eventual all-electric battery-powered buses is years away and it is not yet proven if these would be suitable for our hilly terrain and whether the cost of periodic battery replacement would be cost-effective. In the meantime the GWRC has not only removed the clean and green electric bus fleet we had, but to make matters even worse we now have supposedly interim depressing-purple all-diesel buses from Auckland filling in. The GWRC's talk of reducing greenhouse gases is farcical.
  • Anon. about 2 years ago
    It would be awesome if the Council can put some more advertising up around train etiquette. It has become more noticeable that people are keeping their bags on their seats, preventing others from being able to access those seats and / or causing them to spill and juggle items when the tickets are being punched / people are trying to sit in a seat which is occupied by someones bag.
  • LM about 2 years ago
    It would be great if the affordability of Wellington's public transport could be addressed. It's completely unaffordable for a large number of people, placing them under even more financial strain: https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/97530715/low-income-wellington-families-choosing-between-food-and-public-transport When I lived in the Hutt, it was cheaper for my husband and I to drive in to Wellington City for work and park at the stadium for the day, than to both bus in - which isn't encouraging for those wanting to use public transport to reduce traffic congestion and environmental impact. Perhaps there could be some kind of reduced rate for people from the same household to use public transport, to encourage more people to do it?
  • CP about 2 years ago
    Public transport services in Otaki could really do with some improvement. Off-peak services to Paraparaumu exist but there are a lot of commuters forced to take private transport during peak hours. If we had just one or two peak-hour commuter bus services to Paraparaumu via Waikanae train station, this would be a huge help to our community which is one of the most deprived in the region. Not to mention an opportunity to reduce carbon emissions and keep the number of vehicles off the dangerous highway while PP20 is under construction. Of course extending the commuter train service to Otaki would also help those travelling further south, though without electrified infrastructure I expect a sustainable rail solution may be a lot farther away. Appreciate the chance to have some input :)
  • Melrose about 2 years ago
    I'm really upset about the decision to scrap the trolleybuses in the CBD, it's incredibly short sited and regressive. Now that GoWellington's 'monopoly' of the trolley network is gone GWRC are free to offer individual bus routes to the lowest bidder.. This seems to be the less spoken of reason why GWRC is so keen to get rid of the trolleys. This free market approach to our bus network will start to happen next year when the new routes comes into action and will probably really suck for bus drivers who are currently decently paid.I also lament the people praising the decision because of the 'visually polluting' wires being taken down. Everyone is now going to have to suffer choking on the fumes of 60 additional diesel buses for at least the next 10 years as the council realises that 100% battery powered buses that can last all day and their unproven 'wrightspeed motor' are still a pipe dream. 60 more diesel buses raging through the city already makes a significant difference to air quality on a still day. Visit a big city like Bogotá that relies only on diesel buses and you'll see how stupid this decision is when you get home and blow soot out your nose after walking around the city all day. Clean air is so important! We're humans that breathe it! What happened to the 10% carbon reduction by '25 target? It's going to be a bit harder now! Perhaps an investment in light rail would be a sensible idea.
  • MikeBarton over 2 years ago
    You must LISTEN!See this that I found elsewhere."Our local community has been asking for improved bus services between Waikanae and Otaki for two years. There are a bus load of kids who have to wait in Waikanae for 70+ minutes for the connecting bus to get home in the afternoon.Last year they said it was going to be dealt with and on Monday the new timetable rolled out.But instead of providing a connecting bus, as they suggested would happen, they moved the existing bus forward by 10 minutes."*smh*
  • Listenhere! over 2 years ago
    Hope it will not be too long before the commuter train service is extended to Otaki. The number of cars parked at Waikanae would indicate plenty of folk from further north are driving there to catch a train.
  • MikeBarton over 2 years ago
    What's could the future of Public Transport look like? Cheaper fares - even with the system in place fares are still high. They are at such a level that the CASUAL user is deterred. A friend staying in Wellington came to my place in Ava by train. That cost her for the return journey $11. Is that really a fair price for what is just, in effect, a two stop journey??I have sent in email before on the issue. Another scenario,. Parents plus two kids though they'd drive down from Korokoro to park at Petone and take the train. Then they saw the price at about THIRTY DOLLARS!! How on earth would you encourage casual weekend use with fares at that level? My other beef is the poor infrastructure around railway stations. Southern side of Ava has no signs to indicate the station entrance. You have to know it exists or get people like me to show/tell you where it is.Naenae station - shops side. There are NO signs to tell people where the station is. Twice , of late, I have people approach me in Naenae asking where the station is. Again, I have contacted GWRC about this and NOTHING has been done. Make the system attractive and obvious.Going back to Ava station, There is work, about to start, after an extraordinary delay repairing the earthquake damage. There have been signs put up to talking about starts dates and the like BUT in out of the way spots and they are very small. Go BIG! TELL people what is happening, TAKE them with you.As I write, on the Wakefield Street side of the station there are no signs at street level on the only station access. Why not have at the bottom of the stairs a 2m x 2m sign clearly talking about work/progress rather than nothing. Make it CLEAR at every step of the way. Don't be frightened of BIG SIGNS. Rather than commuters having to seek out information put it right in front of them.At times the rail network is closed for weekend work and a replacement bus service kicks in. Two issues.Firstly, in some cases passengers have to get to the platform before they may find out the network is down. Network closures notices need to be BIG and CONVENIENT.Secondly, from WHERE do you take these buses? At several stations this is NOT AT ALL obvious. Again where are the BIG and CLEAR signs?They are the problems and now the solutions.Print BIG SIGNS with CLEAR DIRECTIONS.Let passengers know what is going on at the point of use.Use PRINT and DIGITAL to convey information. Signs, SIGNS and BIG signs.