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Extract from BR:AKL Post on Auckland Transport RPTP Hearing
BACK FROM HEARING PANEL
Posted by  
 on February 7, 2013 · 
 
 Returned from RPTP Panel 
FIRST OF ALL: A THANK YOU TO COUNCILLORMIKE LEEAND THE OTHER PANEL MEMBERS FORTAKING TIME IN LISTENING TO MY PRESENTATION
I have arrived back from my presentation to the 
 Transport Regional 
 Plan hearings
 
panel this afternoon. I am pleased to say that the full ten minutes plus two extra ( ) were productive and adialogue entered on:
 
the relocation of Te Mahia and 
 Stations to Spartan Road and Walters Road (Technically Glenora Road but for now Walters Road has stuck as the rallying name)
 
The Family Pass not being easily accessibleThe presentation was designed in such a way that hyperlinks (in blue) were placed into the paper copies that
allow the panel members or their assistants to look up ‘extended information’ (which is stored in this blog) on
points I was making (the idea of the presentation was to sum up the main points and entered into dialogue
 mission accomplished).The presentation can be seen here:
 After the presentation (actual) dialogue was entered to on two main points (there was a third point but that was
me reinforcing the Manukau South Rail Link which by the looks of it has “a
-
lot” of support in South and Counties
 Auckland (basically everyone south of Manukau through to 
):
 
the relocation of Te Mahia and Takanini Stations to Spartan Road and Walters Road (Technically Glenora Road but for now Walters Road has stuck as the rallying name)
 
The Family Pass not being easily accessible
 Walters Road and Spartan Road Stations
 In my presentation I had emphasised the point on closing Takanini and Te Mahia Stations and relocating them toSpartan Road and Glenora Road (Walters Road is the rallying name). The two new stations would be equipped
 with facilities such as a bus interchange for feeder buses and Park ‘N’ Ride. The panel nodded away and picked up
on the strong emphasis on the 
 at all stations south of Manukau (basically). I was questioned onthe Park and Rides and my belief of them being integral to a fully integrated transit system.My answer was that I use the Park and Ride at Papakura and would do so at the Glenora (Walters) Road Station when built. I further went on and said the further away we get from the inner suburbs, the lower density housing we have, and we also have rural communities coming into effect as well. As a result feeder buses will do well up toa range of a 2km radius from a station (if run at a high enough frequency) but due to the nature of suburbia and
 
all things rural south of Manukau (I was focusing on 
); Park and rides extend the range of thestation literally to an unlimited range.For example a Park and Ride at Glenora Road would allow those as far as Clevedon to come in by car, park, andcatch a train to town, Manukau, or even out west. A fully fledged Park and Ride at Pukekohe would allow (evenmore) residents from Waikau to come in by car then piggy back by train from Pukekohe to town and back againas happens now. Park and Rides also give maximum flexibility to bus or rail users that allow patrons to rock up tothe station in their own time then continue the trip by bus or train (which is why I use Park and Rides). But at theend of the day feeder-buses, and Park and Rides both have their places especially as you go further out away fromthe CBD into suburbia and even more rural communities. This is the point I was bringing across to AucklandTransport this afternoon.More on the station relocations can be found in m y 
 post
 
THE FAMILY PASS NOT BEING EASILY ACCESSIBLE
This point took up most of the allocated time session in regards to dialogue between myself at the AT panelmembers. Councillor Mike Lee
 
 who is also an Auckland Transport Board “Director” led the questions on the
consequences of the scaling back on the availability of the rail Family Pass. The basic sum up of my answers can be found in my  
 post but basically the following was observed:
 
Notice was given in a publicity drive before AT-HOP was rolled out in September 2012 about the scaling back theaccessibility of the Family Pass
 
Family Passes were available on the trains at their designated times as well as ticket offices before AT-HOP
 
 After AT-HOP Family Passes are now available only at the four (soon to be five) ticket offices but not on any of the 57 (approx) blue Rail Ticket Machines
 
Complaints rolled into Veolia about the scaling back of the accessibility of the Family Pass as soon as the publicity started one-month prior to AT-HOP
 
 Veolia front line staff were at pains having to explain to passengers trying to explain the decision a logic behind Auckland Transport scaling back the accessibility of the Family Pass
 
It is believed verbal abuse claims rose initially after the removal of the Family Pass from the trains but notavailable from the ticket machines
 
Patronage in the weekend and off-peak slipped considerably especially on the 
 (via 
)due
 
to removal of the Family Pass (and Day Rover)
 
I mentioned that in school holidays; Eastern Line trains were full when the Family Pass was readily available(everyone going to Sylvia Park), however now you would be lucky to get near 1/3 full currently with the Family Pass scaled back 
 
I thus mentioned the HAS to be an option on the Rail Ticket Machines
with maximum publicity to get the Off-Peak and Weekend patronage back up againSo the questions were asked, the answers given to AT in person for all to hear and transcribe.Now it is a case of we wait and see what happens.To me personally and above all else right now 
having the Family Pass option installed on the Rail TicketMachines would make me the most happy  As I said
we now wait and see
but I have done all I can folks!

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