National's transport budget concentrates on expensive motorways to the neglect of all else.
The Green plan will deliver far more and cost less. We will make a substantial investment in a large number of projects that will get our towns and cities moving against National's narrow focus on a small number of expensive motorways. We will:
- Ensure city buses and trains run every few minutes at peak times.
- Invest at least $100 million a year in new safe, separated walking and cycling infrastructure.
- Boost regional transport spending, including revitalising the rail transport backbone.
- Deliver our Student Green Card giving students free access to off-peak public transport
Auckland is a key part of a successful transport plan. It deserves a network to meet its aspirations to be a world class city, including projects like the City Rail Link, which National is delaying.
The Green Party will implement the Congestion Free Network - a comprehensive transport network with integrated trains, buses and ferries that will make getting around Auckland faster and easier.
By 2020, we will:
- Complete the City Rail Link, cutting train travel times by up to 28 minutes per trip
- Build a rail extension to Mt Roskill (with further rail extensions to the Airport by 2025 and the North Shore planned by 2030)
- Electrify the rail network from Papakura to Pukekohe
- Build a new bus lane on State Highway 16
- Extend the Northern Busway to Albany and Newmarket
- Establish a new high quality bus service across the upper harbour
- Extend the AMETI Busway into Ellerslie and Manukau
The plan includes a $1.3 billion capital investment into the City Rail Link (60 percent of the cost), and $825 million into dedicated busways and city bus centre improvements.