FIT welcomes the release of the Let’s Get Wellington Moving recommended programme of investment, the RPI.
Radio New Zealand reports that an international consultant is urging Wellington to consider introducing trackless trams, as a way of easing the capital’s congestion. How well do the consultant’s claims stack up?
In developing its proposed route for light rail, FIT sought to meet several objectives:
travel times compete with private car
form part of a rapid transit network
promote transit-oriented development
mitigate construction phase risk (eg business disruption)
Meeting these objectives requires a route with dedicated lanes for light rail and priority over other traffic, including grade separation at busy intersections. Those who wish to will find fault with whatever route is chosen. The challenge is to understand the trade-offs and choose the least compromised option.
How long would a trip from the airport to the railway station take?
This post results from another request sent to FIT’s mail in-box, to provide evidence of any environmental impact assessments.
Several regional councillors have spoken in favour of running light rail on the golden mile. Here are some questions for supporters of a golden mile light rail route, rather than via Waterloo and Jervois Quays.
As with all public transport decisions, the devil is in the detail.
The following is from an email asking about the reasoning behind not integrating light rail with our regional rail system:
After reading Brent Efford's RTSA Presentation about tram-trains I'm disappointed that your group is promoting a hypothetical light rail system that is disconnected and has a track gauge incompatible with our regional rail network.
An email from Wellington Regional Councillor Daran Ponter to FIT raises important issues about the challenges Wellington will face in bringing light rail to fruition. This post considers Daran’s comments on an earlier Q&A post and adds FIT’s observations.
This quote is an extract from an email, to FIT and others, about light rail service to Johnsonville:
…this points to the fact that the Johnsonville line at the very least should be extended through town.
The following comments and questions came through the site’s contact form. FIT has omitted the names of the submitters, but the questions raise important issues which deserve discussion.