Have Green transport promises been costed?

The Greens have announced transport policies for the Wellington local body elections.

Newshub: Greens promise half-price buses for Wellington students

The party is promising a 25 percent discount on off-peak bus fares and a 50 percent discount for students.

Election carrots for students isn’t surprising as that’s a target demographic for the Green

They want more central city and suburban green spaces, free Wi-Fi in all transport hubs, modern electric buses within 10 years and light rail development.

Some of that sounds expensive. And how will they get more central city green spaces?

It’s part of the party’s local election campaign, launching tonight.

I wonder if they will provide details in their launch. Like, how much these policies will cost rate payers. Most students don’t pay rates directly so won’t be worried about local body rates.

 

14 Comments

  1. Other peoples money Pete G… that is how this stuff works.

    Most students don’t know about and don’t care about rates. The care about the object of their desire, partying and fun – with studying mostly a distant second.

    And they won’t care until they have a property, a steady relationship and children. Then the endless rate rises will hurt them in the hip pocket and they will question why they believed in “free” stuff like free wifi

    • Gezza

       /  19th July 2016

      It’ll probably be covered in more detail on their yet-to-be released Forestation Policy: which will involve the planting of thousands of hectares of money trees, dave.

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  19th July 2016

      Oh brava, excellente.

      Many of the students now do seem to be there to study-not that we weren’t, but we didn’t have to pay for it. The Hamilton students seem a dull lot, no Dead Ants in the road, no chunder miles, no nothing like that. Poor things. There’s a Mini on a platform on the edge of town. It’s been there for a while, and it hasn’t been taken and held to ransom or ‘found’ and handed in as an entry in a treasure hunt* or been adorned with undies on the aerial. What’s the matter with these students ?

      In my days at Vic, these included John Kirk’s fake marijuana plant, a phone booth (one of the remaining old-style ones) and….Carmen. Now, we knew why we were at university 😀 Not like the boring lot at Waikato. When I was there, the only stolen sign was in OUR study. Tragic. Actually, we found it lying by the road….it said CAUTION, COWS CROSSING. with a painting of a cow below. The MAs seemed to be the only ones with the student mindset-and we were all over 30 in that study. Nobody even changed the department signs around.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  19th July 2016

        The Greens do seem to be well-named, sometimes.

      • Gezza

         /  19th July 2016

        Sounds like you might’ve been a bit of hell-raiser mate.

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  19th July 2016

          Er, not really. Not in comparison with some people. I was silly enough to have a partner/fiance at 18. It wouldn’t have looked good for a lecturer’s partner to be seen cheering on the Chunder Mile…

          • Gezza

             /  19th July 2016

            You racy devil, you …

          • Kitty Catkin

             /  19th July 2016

            To anyone who doesn’t know what that is; the contestants run around the rugby field, eating a pie and downing a pint at each lap.

            Yes, it is gross and only funny when people are that age :-/

  2. Iceberg

     /  19th July 2016

    What problem are the Greens trying to solve here? It’s not like the cost of buses is getting in the way.

    The cost of beer is a problem. That’s the one they should be solving.

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  19th July 2016

      As the bus drivers used to change at Courtenay Pl (I think, anyway the end of the first section) the students used to just buy a ticket to there, and risk an inspector getting on.. Or so I heard, coff.

      The price of beer never seems to be a problem in student cities.

      I can well believe that when the HANZ was removed from pub glasses, the rate of theft plummeted. No student flat was complete without a set of glasses by that famous Dutch designer, Hanz. But when the glasses were plain glass, there was no point. Those are probably collectors’ items now. Not that I ever had any, of course.

  3. Blazer

     /  19th July 2016

    anyone know how much the Auckland buses are subsidised by….would raise a few eyebrows,for sure.