Cheaper bus fares, slower speed limits, free Wi-Fi and a renewed push for light rail in Wellington are among the election carrots being dangled by the region’s Green Party local body candidates.
Party-affliated councillors from across the region have revealed what will the top of their agenda if re-elected in October.
Greater Wellington regional councillors Paul Bruce and Sue Kedgley said they would push for a 25 per cent discount on off-peak bus fares as well as a 50 per cent off-peak discount for students. …
Kedgley said introducing light rail in Wellington and replacing the city’s “polluting, noisy diesel buses” with modern electric buses within a decade would also be a top priority.
A previous story from 2013 reported:
The cost of a light rail system for Wellington has skyrocketed to nearly a billion dollars, with Mayor Celia Wade-Brown now conceding it looks unrealistic in the near future.
A detailed business case for light rail between Wellington Railway Station and Kilbirnie was made public for the first time today.
It put the cost of building the network at $940 million, largely because it would require its own tunnel through Mt Victoria.
This is the problem with the Greens. They never let reality get in the way of their ideas.
Rational people would say sure we’d love light rail but the cost is unaffordable. Their fantasy would cost $10,000 per household.
Even worse the light rail proposal would produce very low level of benefits, compared to a bus rapid transit system. The benefit cost ratio for light rail is a minuscule 0.05 or a benefit of $1 for every $20 spent.
This is what the Greens are demanding for Wellington. Spend $1 billion to get a benefit of $50 million. Per household that is take $10,000 per household and get a benefit of $500 back!