Posted by: senjmito | September 17, 2010

Porirua Mayoral and City Council candidates respond to our transport questionnaire

Mayoral Candidates

Brian Collins

1. What proportion of the transport funding in the Long Term Council Community Plan (LTCCP) of the Council you are standing for would you want to see devoted to:
a. Public transport?
b. Walking (facilities and promotion)?
c. Cycling (facilities and promotion)?

Please explain these choices.

Frankly, I think the question rather naive.  The thought of targetting a fixed sum of money without knowing whether it is needed is not acceptable to me.  Every dollar of public money to minorities or private parties should achieve defined aims.  We haven’t achieved that recently and I don’t believe percentage allocations will do it in future.

2. Do you support the following transport projects, where applicable:
Note: Options a-c are mutually exclusive. Each assumes that essential service vehicles would have limited access.

a. Turning the Golden Mile into a public transport corridor Y/N Not in Porirua
b. Turning the Golden Mile into a pedestrian corridor Y/N Not in Porirua
c. Turning the Golden Mile into a dedicated public transport/pedestrian space Y/N Not in Porirua
d. Extending the rail system through the Wellington CBD, by developing modern trams as a priority for the short term Y/N Not a priority.  People need exercise and the majority can walk from the railway to their work.
e. A Basin Reserve flyover Y/N Not a priority for Porirua City
f. Doubling the Terrace Tunnel Y/N Not a priority for Porirua City
g. Doubling the Mt Victoria Tunnel Y/N Not a priority for Porirua City
h. The Kapiti Expressway Y/N While the region may benefit in reduced travel times, more benefit would come to Porirua if urban sprawl on the Kapiti coast diminished rather than expanded.

3. Do you support the creation of an integrated public transport system across the region? If so, what changes would you propose making to bring this about?

At a time when this country is struggling financially to pay its way we would be better served by a reduction in expectations rather than continually looking for the collective whole to keep expanding the role of local and national authorities.

4. What do you consider should be the top transport priorities of the Council for which you are standing?

Getting its people to and from work so that they can maintain a decent standard of living.  That means creating solutions to gridlock such as that occurring on both motorways recently.  It can be done if we focus on the fix rather than policing the hazard.

5. What are your own top transport priorities for the region?

Keeping roads open, as the disruption on roads when gridlocked exceeds the disruption on rail.  Regular 3-5 minute delays on rail, although annoying, are still better than taking chances with road flow.

Peter Windsor

1. What proportion of the transport funding in the Long Term Council Community Plan (LTCCP) of the Council you are standing for would you want to see devoted to:
a. Public transport?
b. Walking (facilities and promotion)?
c. Cycling (facilities and promotion)?
Please explain these choices.

Answer:

As much as feasible, look at the profit margins of the operator and write back to lower and have ease to transport costs.

As much as possible

As much as possible with cyclists financial input/ideas.

2. Do you support the following transport projects, where applicable:
Note: Options a-c are mutually exclusive. Each assumes that essential service vehicles would have limited access.
a. Turning the Golden Mile into a public transport corridor Y/N
b. Turning the Golden Mile into a pedestrian corridor Y/N
c. Turning the Golden Mile into a dedicated public transport/pedestrian space Y/N
d. Extending the rail system through the Wellington CBD, by developing modern trams as a priority for the short term Y/N
e. A Basin Reserve flyover Y/N
f. Doubling the Terrace Tunnel Y/N
g. Doubling the Mt Victoria Tunnel Y/N
h. The Kapiti Expressway Y/N

Answer:

No

Yes

Relook at the entire concept Y/N is not a simply answer.

Yes not just trams perhaps light over-head rail system.

Yes

Yes

Yes

Definitely Yes YES YES.

3. Do you support the creation of an integrated public transport system across the region? If so, what changes would you propose making to bring this about?

Answer:

Although private operators talk about this strong regulation, there a is need to stop the talk and make it happen. Perhaps a buy back and place into a public company with profits put back into infrastructure and better facilities. Heck! We do need something as the system (not just rail) needs a big shake up. People before profit. Have you re-read the last proposed PT Plan out of the WRC.

4. What do you consider should be the top transport priorities of the Council for which you are standing?

Answer

Improved transportation hub, a covered walk way and better lighting.

5. What are your own top transport priorities for the region?

Answer:

Stop the profiteering from the transport operators at the cost of users.

Make public transport a happy event and ease to use. Porirua Station is abysmal.

Access to it shameful and conditions are very poor.

Porirua City Council Candidates

Western Ward

‘Ana Coffey

1. What proportion of the transport funding in the Long Term Council Community Plan (LTCCP) of the Council you are standing for would you want to see devoted to:
a. Public transport?
b. Walking (facilities and promotion)?
c. Cycling (facilities and promotion)?

Please explain these choices.

2. Do you support the following transport projects, where applicable:
Note: Options a-c are mutually exclusive. Each assumes that essential service vehicles would have limited access.
a. Turning the Golden Mile into a public transport corridor Y/N
b. Turning the Golden Mile into a pedestrian corridor Y/N
c. Turning the Golden Mile into a dedicated public transport/pedestrian space Y/N
d. Extending the rail system through the Wellington CBD, by developing modern trams as a priority for the short term Y/N
e. A Basin Reserve flyover Y/N
f. Doubling the Terrace Tunnel Y/N
g. Doubling the Mt Victoria Tunnel Y/N
h. The Kapiti Expressway Y/N

3. Do you support the creation of an integrated public transport system across the region? If so, what changes would you propose making to bring this about?

Yes, I think that we should have an intergrated public transport system. Ease of use for passengers would be enhanced by creating a fee structure and method of paying across the region for all buses and trains, much like Sydney or Hong Kong. (of course, this would be subject to how feasible a project like this would be, such as the cost to ratepayers.)

4. What do you consider should be the top transport priorities of the Council for which you are standing?

  • Easing congestion on the Mungavin Bridge in Porirua.
  • Making our roads safe for cyclists and pedestrians.  Porirua is quite dense in geography, it lends itself to cycling and walking to the city centre.  However, many of our residents need to cross or ride along busy roads, the traffic lights in Titahi Bay can’t be triggered by cyclists, the walk from the Porirua train station to the city centre requires a walk across a busy road.
  • Doing something about the Paremata roundabout.  Many people complain about how unsafe they feel using that roundabout to get out of the train station.
  • The city centre is due for an upgrade.  We need to look at current research on how urban design can encourage a pedestrian friendly environment, which has a flow on effect to businesses benefitting from increased foot traffic.

5. What are your own top transport priorities for the region?

  • Find a solution for the contant frustration for residents from the Kapiti Coast travelling to and from Wellington.  The fact that the traffic comes to a complete halt if there is an accident is not acceptable.
  • Making cycling and walking in our cities a safe option.  Personally, I lack confidence on bicycle and the thought of riding on some roads terrify me because I do not feel safe.  I’ve been told roundabouts are huge hazards for cyclists, so the question is – if we are intent on keeping drivers happy by putting in roundabouts, can we also find a way to keep our pedestrians safe?  We need to find a balance.
  • Our public transport must be reliable if people want to have confidence in using it.

Liz Kelly

1. What proportion of the transport funding in the Long Term Council Community Plan (LTCCP) of the Council you are standing for would you want to see devoted to:
a. Public transport?
b. Walking (facilities and promotion)?
c. Cycling (facilities and promotion)?

Please explain these choices.

A significant proportion as I support environment and health and well being matters. Currently Porirua’s LTCCP reflects this position with budget forecasts of 7 million to be spent on restoring, developing and maintaining walkways, cycleway and promotion. This budget spend is totally rate funded.

Public transport is the responsibility of Regional Council of which a large portion of our rates subsidise but are overseen by GWRC.

2. Do you support the following transport projects, where applicable:
Note: Options a-c are mutually exclusive. Each assumes that essential service vehicles would have limited access.
a. Turning the Golden Mile into a public transport corridor Y/N
b. Turning the Golden Mile into a pedestrian corridor Y/N
c. Turning the Golden Mile into a dedicated public transport/pedestrian space Y/N
d. Extending the rail system through the Wellington CBD, by developing modern trams as a priority for the short term Y/N
e. A Basin Reserve flyover Y/N
f. Doubling the Terrace Tunnel Y/N

g. Doubling the Mt Victoria Tunnel Y/N
h. The Kapiti Expressway Y/N

These are local issues to Wellington and PCC would be unable to influence. However happy to give an opinion. A – C -Assuming the Golden Mile is Courtney Place either a pedestrian or joint public transport corridor would be my position. D- E Sounds very expensive. F – G Depends on the flow capacity of the whole roading network – would this make a difference or just shift the bottleneck? H – Yes

3. Do you support the creation of an integrated public transport system across the region? If so, what changes would you propose making to bring this about?

Definitely and I would propose regional transportation planning and funding as one authority identify all break points/bottlenecks; then planning for their remediation on a priority basis i.e. fix the worst problem, then the second, etc.

4. What do you consider should be the top transport priorities of the Council for which you are standing?

Roading – this is what PCC can influence.

5. What are your own top transport priorities for the region?

Advocate for a reliable efficient railway system and facility.

Porirua City Council

Northern Ward

Pauline Morse

1. What proportion of the transport funding in the Long Term Council Community Plan (LTCCP) of the Council you are standing for would you want to see devoted to:
a. Public transport?
b. Walking (facilities and promotion)?
c. Cycling (facilities and promotion)?

Please explain these choices.

i whole-heartedly agree that a proportion of funding needs to be spent on public transport, as well as walking and cycling facilities. At the moment i could not give a figure for this as i am not privy to the pcc budget. All i can give you is my assurance that i regard the implementation and maintenance of public transport to be of high priority

2. Do you support the following transport projects, where applicable:
Note: Options a-c are mutually exclusive. Each assumes that essential service vehicles would have limited access.

a. Turning the Golden Mile into a public transport corridor N
b. Turning the Golden Mile into a pedestrian corridor N
c. Turning the Golden Mile into a dedicated public transport/pedestrian space Y but not for the whole of it

d. Extending the rail system through the Wellington CBD, by developing modern trams as a priority for the short term Y/

e. A Basin Reserve flyover undecided

f. Doubling the Terrace Tunnel

g. Doubling the Mt Victoria Tunnel

h. The Kapiti Expressway

the above  are not issues directly relevant to  PCC

3. Do you support the creation of an integrated public transport system across the region? If so, what changes would you propose making to bring this about?

Yes. Think that is impt that fares are kept low to attract people to use public transport

4. What do you consider should be the top transport priorities of the Council for which you are standing?

train services

5. What are your own top transport priorities for the region?

Keeping muri station open and putting pressure on to keep fares affordable

Porirua City Council

Eastern Ward

Jude Barlow

My priority is to get voted onto Porirua City Council so that I can act as an information conduit between the Eastern Ward – Aotea, Cannons Creek, Ranui and Waitangirua – and for Porirua City in general.

These questions mainly relate to Wellington City and Kapiti. I support people being encouraged to use public transport, walking and cycling. However, the services to allow them to do this – such as sufficient and safe car parking at train stations, the ability to take bikes on trains and park bikes safely, motorists that consider cyclists as a vehicle not an annoyance, maps outlining walking routes, well lit walking areas are just some of the goals that need to be met. Having trains and buses run on time and reasonable fees for the standard of service provided are also necessary. If we do not offer alternatives to using private vehicles that are cheaper and more convenient than the former we can not expect people to make the change.

An integrated regional public transport system would make sense in terms of cost savings. However, this would need to be considered by multiple communities, cities and councils, utilising expert knowledge. The top transport priorities for Porirua I believe are ensuring our existing train and bus services are running regularly and to time and that our train stations and bus stops are safe and functional.

On our roads we need to ensure that traffic flows smoothly even at peak times; currently this is not happening at the Porirua City Centre – Eastern Porirua roundabouts and on either side of Pukerua Bay. There is also insufficient access into Aotea – a new subdivision – which also effects Ascot Park. The Transmission Gully Motorway – especially the link roads that impact Porirua need to meet the region’s, as well as local communities’, needs. Given that we’ve been waiting for this motorway to be built longer than I’ve been alive we need to ensure we take the time to get it right.

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