The Auckland Council's Consensus Building Group on alternative transport funding is seeking feedback on proposals on how to raise revenue to fund the transport projects outlined in the Auckland Plan.
The group has drafted a discussion document (here) detailing the issues and the proposed funding packages. If you have time to read the document please do. It is easy to read, having gone to some lengths to avoid the usual cliche-ridden jargon that plagues most council publications. If you don't have time there's an executive summary at the front.
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The group was not tasked with evaluating the merits or otherwise of the projects in the Auckland Plan, and for the transport activists among you that is a battle for another day (we'll keep you posted), but - and this is a significant step forward in Auckland's transport planning - the discussion document talks about the need to front-load improvements in public transport and cycling and walking.
So the point of this: please read at least the exec summary and make a submission. As a cyclist and bus user I would encourage people to endorse the idea that public transport must be improved as a priority. And even though no one likes paying, a motorway network charge that moved some people out of cars would be good for people's health and the region's economy. The decision is yours, of course, but one way or another we will all pay, either directly or through sitting in traffic. Please make a submission (here) so your voice goes into the mix of final options put to the council. Submissions due 7th June.