While Auckland’s train travel is at a high and growing fast, Wellington is still struggling to see the same sort of growth in public transport.
After years of delays on the network because of tired old trains and then the massive upgrading work, things are now getting so much better but this is yet to be reflected in the patronage stats.
Peak time public transport in the last 12 month financial year rose 8.2% but the increase in train travel was a mere 1.3%.
And off peak public transport for buses and trains apparently fell by a disappointing 5.5%.
The target set for the period was a 4% PT increase for peak time –so that was exceeded but the target for off-peak was 6%.
83.8% of rail services were within 3 minutes of the scheduled time, an increase of 1.8% on the previous year thanks to the rail network upgrade progress and the Matangi.
It was a near perfect score for buses on the Council’s measurement… 99.8% of buses were no more than 10 minutes late, 0.1% more than last year.
But people are still choosing to drive even in the reign of a Greens Mayor who is talking up light rail and dampening NZTA’s Basin reserve motorway plans.
15 two-car Matangi trains were in Wellington by June but only nine were in service. The first 4-car Matangi set ran in peak time in March.
The others of the 48 ordered will arrive “through 2012,” according to the Greater Wellington Regional Council and while there have been delays in delivery, “this should be seen in context of their 35-year life.”
Thank goodness Auckland chose Spanish trains.
In the 2010/11 financial year period, passenger transport accounted for 18.8 million peak period trips. Bus trips accounted for 60% of that and rail 39% (ferry less than 1%).
The Council’s target is 25m peak period trips by 2016.
The Council’s annual report says other highlights of the year was the rail package agreed with KiwiRail and the Government.
The refurbishment of the old Ganz Mavag trains had been postponed until the 11/12 financial year.