The Herald reports:
Their city’s share of the overall “partnership” pot from the national programme will include $1.175 billion for public transport, $960 million to maintain highways and local roads, and $91 million to improve cycling and walking.
That is additional to $24.75m the Government said last week it would contribute to Auckland from its $100m urban cycleways fund.
Again this is what you call a balanced approach to transport. It is not a choice of roading or rail. They are complementary, not substitutes. However some (not all) public transport advocates won’t be happy until it is zero dollars for roads. Proof in point:
Almost $2b has been earmarked for public transport nationally, a 21 per cent increase, and investment in cycling will more than triple – to $251m.
But the Green Party says the programme is focussed too heavily on “carbon-polluting transport infrastructure, rather than building a clean, balanced and efficient system for the 21st Century.”
Transport spokeswoman Julie Anne Genter said National had chosen to continue spending more than $1b a year “on a few carbon-polluting motorways that haven’t even passed a business test.”
The Greens are basically against all spending on roads.