Where The Rail Meets The Road
For example, because of the ridiculous one line in, one line out rule at the Brit, you can arrive on one line and just miss the departing train for the other line you wish to use – and then, at say the weekend, have to kill time for an hour as happened to me the other day.
New Lynn and Manukau will be our next bus rail transport hubs so it’s important times match up in some logical way accepting that you can’t expect to emerge from every bus into a waiting train.
Sure some of the ingredients are there for us such as those flash new so called “interchanges” as well as smooth fast transfers such as buses and trains running at the same frequencies through the day. We’re all hanging out for that integrated ticket system to be the icing on the cake. But our timetables don’t take advantage of all these good things that have happened.
Reader James, who has been campaigning for integrated ticketing and has seen it in action overseas, spurred my thinking:
“Someone I know has moved back to Auckland after living in a smaller place with much less public transport and is looking forward to travelling on trains. He lives in an area served by a 30min off-peak frequency bus. The bus travels to the nearby interchange station on the southern line, but arrives there regularly 10min after each train leaves, meaning a 20min wait at the interchange.
It seems like a real waste when people are keen to travel but are discouraged by poorly thought out/coordinated timetables. He is ultimately going to be driven back behind the wheel of a car as a result.
The more park and ride bus interchange stations we build the better, but let’s use them properly. Also how does the Public transport amendment bill affect the setting of timetables? In reality, higher frequencies will eventually remove the need for tuning the arrival and departure times, but while we still have limited trains lets get the two services driving more passengers onto both.
Another example is the much publicised 380 airport bus that passes Papatoetoe “Interchange” reliably 15min before the next northbound train. Of course the more direct airbus will remain more popular if a quarter of people’s journey time is spent waiting at an unknown train station is the alternative.”
RWC tourists will especially get frustrated at this.
It’s as important to get this right before integrated ticketing starts. So how can we make it happen?