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# 237778 18-Jun-2018 08:29
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Went out for dinner in the Britomart area last might at Ortolana - I will post about that elsewhere...


As we're quite close to Orakei train station I figured my wife and I would catch the train in to avoid parking and allow having a few wines. I have a HOP card so easy for me, but wife doesn't so needs a paper ticket. The machine doesn't seem to offer round trip tickets, so have to purchase a ticket each time. Fail #1. The price of a ticket for the 7 minute ride into Britomart from Orakei? $5.50. Are you kidding me? Cheaper to just catch an Uber. Also more convenient, and drier. Fail #2.


On the way in and on the way home, the trains are only 2/hour. Had a near 30 minute wait on the way home. Fail #3.


Using the train was seriously terrible. Over-priced. No security to be seen. Long wait. And this is already being subsidised by rate payers? Never again.





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  # 2040182 19-Jun-2018 08:52
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Light Rail isn't pointless IMO.


It is not duplicating the CRL, it is removing buses from Dominion Road and the CBD. The Airport link is a red herring, sure it will be handy but it isn't the reason to build it. The CBD can take no more buses (at least without removing more cars). 


Queen Street doesn't need cars on it - what is the point of driving your car down Queen St - it should be buses and LR and pedestrians only (goods vehicles at certain times of the day maybe - it is done overseas).


Building the Light Rail network as they are planning (one line down Dominion Road and out through Mangere, ending at the Airport, and the other line out along the NW motorway to Westgate) takes people out of cars into the CBD (especially the NW one) and gets people to and from major employment areas (Airport business parks, CBD and Dominion Road). It also frees up more space in the CBD for Buses from other areas.


I agree the ideal solution is more heavy rail lines, but that will require another CRL (the one being built will be pretty much full with the two lines we currently have). That takes huuge money and a lot more time.


AT and the government have both decided LR is the way to go now, I say stop talking arguing (which is all that has happened in Auckland for 50+ years) and get some spades in the ground.

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