Jonathan Marshall in the SST reports:
Auckland Mayor Len Brown said last year he’d start commuting to work by train – and he did. But while he rides, his mayoral car, a V6 Holden Commodore, kept in his home garage, makes the same trip via the motorway with no passenger.
Critics claim his ticket to ride is a PR stunt that’s doing nothing about pollution or congestion.
On Friday the super city’s first mayor completed – for the fourth time – his $5.10 journey from Papatoetoe to the downtown Britomart transport hub, travelling with mayoral aide Jansje Tobeck, and walking 1.1km from Britomart to his office.
But with his driver on the motorway into Auckland at the same time, comparisons are being drawn with New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, who was caught in 2007 boasting of catching the subway from his home when he was having his limousine drive him from his home to a station closer to his destination.
On Friday Brown’s driver Ronald Showler arrived at the mayor’s home around 7.40am, having travelled the 11km from his house in his own car.
Moments later Tobeck arrived in her car, driving 19km from her east Auckland home in order to car- pool with Brown to Papatoetoe station, while Showler began the 25km trip to the city.
Len seems to not understand how most people use public transport. It sort of defeats the purpose to have your car follow the train to work. The idea of public transport is you walk to a bus stop, bus to the train station and then take the train to work, and do it in reverse in the evening. That way you leave the car at home.Tags: Len Brown