Public Transport Voice, one of the organisations active in Sustainable Wellington Region Transport, spoke in the public participation session of the Greater Wellington Regional Council Economic Wellbeing Committee on 3 February, about a range of issues, and tabled a paper for consideration by the committee.
The notes from which Paula Warren spoke are below, and you can download PTV’s written presentation.
Thank you for the opportunity to speak today.
Public Transport Voice is dedicated to giving a voice to public transport users, so their perspective is reflected in decisions made on the public transport system.
Firstly, in relation to the report on the RPTP:
PTV welcomed the RPTP discussion document last year. We thought officers did a great job of pulling together the approach in Auckland and the NZTA research, and proposing a sensible overall network plan. We made comments on the details, and obviously want to work further with you on those. But we feel that the overall layered approach should be adopted now to provide a sound basis for the other reviews you are undertaking. If you don’t adopt that type of approach, everything else you are trying to do will fail.
We therefore suggest that GW takes early decisions to adopt the layered approach proposed in the discussion document.
In relation to the Wellington City Bus Review terms of reference
The new layered network design should then become a basis for the Wellington City Bus Review. In our written comments we have set out where that would be incorporated into the terms of reference document.
We are also asking for inclusion of a clear objective for service quality matters that relate to how the services are actually run by the operator.
We are also seeking greater participation from users and user representative groups such as ourselves.
The inclusion of user representatives in processes is extremely variable. There have been some excellent examples of how to do this, including the earlier RTI work, and we would encourage you to take that as a model for other work.
We are also suggesting that processes other than interaction with residents associations be used to determine what users and non-users really want.
We offer our full support to this process, and will help in any way that we can.
Turning now to Real time information
We welcome the continued commitment of Greater Wellington to RTI.
This service is an essential one for passengers, and our paper sets out some of the issues it will resolve.
We urge you to make rapid progress with rail RTI information. We were alarmed when informed by KiwiRail at a recent meeting with them that there is no firm timetable for RTI for rail, and it might not even happen. We urge you to provide a clear timetable for the work, and try to ensure that it proceeds in parallel with the bus roll-out, at least in relation to providing direct information to Metlink.
As we note in the paper, a rail only integrated ticketing system is an oxymoron. We need both electronic ticketing that works well, and integrated ticketing.
We have set out some key priorities that this programme needs to be addressing, and urge you to progress the work as rapidly as possible.