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Friday, September 09, 2005

Outright Lies #8

The Greens are claiming the EB brochures are filled with outright lies. I'm having a look at the claims, one by one, to see how the EB may have formed their opinion.

Outright Lie #8: Spend roading money on uneconomic and novel public transport systems.

This is an interesting opinion. The point perhaps is that public transport systems are very expensive and suit high density areas (like Auckland) but not the countless small towns and cities around the rest of the country. As petrol prices go up to "encourage" people to walk, the reality is that many small towns have a mediocre public transit system. Every-one wants a better one, BUT the true costs need to be acknowledged, and the plan has to be revealed for all regions.

As for the novel public transport system critique: The greens want to build an underground rail system in Auckland, and above ground rail around Auckland. Ignoring earthquake risks etc, how do the estimates stack up? They estimate 1.5 billion or so for the whole she-bang. Yet transmission gully in Wellington is already pushing a billion dollars. I can see why some groups are concerned at the cost estimates.

Is it fair to say that roading money will be spent instead on public transort? JF said:
“As a first step, this will mean earmarking all of the $500 million recently announced for new transport projects to new public transport infrastructure. It will also mean postponing the State Highway 20 western extension in favour of developing a state-of-the-art electric rail system."
Well, I can see how the EB can put forward that opinion. Certainly no stronger than some unions declaring people will DIE at work if National get in because National will expand ACC insurer choices.

Verdict: Guilty, but highly debatable. Gee politics, who would have thought?
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Posted by ZenTiger | 9/09/2005 01:06:00 pm


Blogger Tane said...

Not so much to argue the point (as it's highly debatable, and a matter of opinion), but I'd like to point out that any decent public transport system needs to be inter-city too, not just between suburb and downtown. If I don't have a car, I will still need to go to other cities, if only to remind me how much I dislike Auckland. We have a bus network, but it's not that extensive, while our passenger rail net is pretty much non-existant. This is not such a problem now, but have you seen the price of petrol lately?

An inter-city public transport system might be a handy thing to have in the years to come.

9/09/2005 04:36:00 pm  

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