21 Mar, 2021 08:45 am

For and against: charging for parking at bus and train stations

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March 21, 2021 Business, Latest Headlines, Politics, PressRelease Report from RNZ A proposal to charge commuters to park at Wellington’s bus and train stations could drive people away from public transport, says the mayor of Kāpiti.But a pro- public transport lobby group is in favour.The proposal is part of the draft Regional Transport Plan 2021, aimed at increasing public transport usage by 40 percent within 10 years.But Kāpiti Coast mayor K Gurunathan says while he understands the intention, adding an extra cost to park at train stations would backfire and deter commuters from using public transport anywhere on their journey.

“At the end of the day they want to encourage public transport, but if they make it more expensive that will be counterproductive.“Park and ride is actually a very expensive way of increasing public transport usage by not that much.

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