Mark Thomas - New Mayor for Auckland

Fixing Transport: Government Bailout Or Better Council Management?

Simon Maude has canvassed the leading mayoral candidates on how we would get Auckland moving.

Labour MP Phil Goff’s answer to funding only involves asking the Government for more money. He doesn’t even have a plan B.

My response is threefold:

1) Rewrite the council budget to move funding from lower priority areas into transport, and boost private sector funding.

2) Develop a more cost-effective mass transport system, in preference to Goff’s light-rail dreams which are decades away.

3) Restructure Auckland Transport to make it more effective.


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