The Green Party wants a complete turnaround in transport funding.
The party has released its transport policy today and is proposing to axe over $11 billion in funding from State Highway Projects.
More than a billion more will be taken from local road improvements.
Transport funding should generally go on projects with the highest benefit to cost ratios. The Greens just hate cars and hence roads, so they want motorists to fund trains.
My preference is to have all transport decisions based on the benefit to cost ratio – have say everything with a BCR above 1.5 funded.
The Greens supported light rail for Wellington. That had a BCR of 0.05!!! That is equal to setting $100 notes on fire and burning them to ash.
They supported a rail package out to the Kapiti Coast that would have cost $100 million and only removed 80 cars a day at peak time. Buying 80 motorists a helicopter would have been cheaper.
The Greens do not see congestion as a bad thing. They like congested roads. They think forcing motorists out of their cars will save the planet. That’s a valid worldview, but you should be aware of it.