Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Public Transport Boosted – Another Promise Kept

Major changes to funding public transport begin this week, Transport Minister Mark Gosche and Associate Minister Judith Tizard announced today.

Under that new system, the more passengers using public transport services, the more money operators will receive from central Government.

“So the more public transport use grows, the more money the Government will give to help it grow even more," they said.

"This is a real shot in the arm for passenger transport and is in line with our promise to boost public transport funding."

As a result current annual public transport spending of $46 million could increase by $27 million a year within three years. If capital expenditure from projects already under investigation was also included, total extra funding could exceed $47 million, Mr Gosche said.

“Of course that’s dependent on more people using public transport. That’s where government funding will help – by helping raise the quality of the services, and the frequency, especially at peak hour, we can encourage people to stick with public transport," said Ms Tizard.

"The new funding arrangement provides Auckland with great opportunities to get some real changes in place for Auckaland people."

"There is kick-start money available immediately so councils can get things moving straight away," said Mr Gosche.

"We have also been talking with major operators like Stagecoach who believe they can improve services dramatically as a result of this funding particularly looking towards the February-March peak period when schools and tertiary institutions head back to work."

“This scheme shows that the government is serious about making public transport systems work. We have worked closely with local government to develop this new formula and know that they can take immediate advantage of it," said Mr Gosche and Ms Tizard.

"Longer-term Government plans to review the way public transport is funded and managed are being worked through with the intention of being implemented next year," said Mr Gosche.

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>

ALSO:

Corrections Corrected: Supreme Court Rules On Release Dates

Corrections has always followed the lawful rulings of the Court in its calculation of sentence release dates. On four previous occasions, the Court of Appeal had upheld Corrections’ practices in calculating pre-sentence detention. More>>

ALSO:

Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>

ALSO:

General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>

ALSO:

Treaty Settlements: Bills Delayed As NZ First Pulls Support

Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki are reeling today as they learnt that the third and final readings of each Iwi’s Historical Treaty Settlement Bills scheduled for this Friday, have been put in jeopardy by the actions of NZ First. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Damage De-Regulation Is Doing To Fisheries And Education, Plus Kate Tempest

Our faith in the benign workings of the market – and of the light-handed regulation that goes with it – has had a body count. Back in 1992, the free market friendly Health Safety and Employment Act gutted the labour inspectorate and turned forestry, mining and other workplace sites into death traps, long before the Pike River disaster. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news