Instead of building heaps of new park and rides across the region I think that the biggest opportunity is to improve access to PT is to make it easier to get to by walking or cycling. This covers not just the train stations but the entire PT network and I think there’s probably a heap of opportunities to make services easier to access. These projects are often not glamorous or even usually attract any attention but can be vital in getting more people catching PT. On my trip to work I’ve noticed what appears to be one such project at the Fruitvale Rd station.
A rough path has been appearing between two houses and along the rail corridor towards the station. It will mean that some of these houses that back on to the rail lines will now have much easier access to the system and saving 400-500m of walking out to Gt North Rd. That might not seem like much but I suspect should make a difference in encouraging the people living here to use the rail system and all for a cost that’s likely to be less than a couple of carparks.
Despite what only seems like a few houses being affected I fully support AT doing projects like this and think we should be doing a lot more. There appear to be a couple of other opportunities at Fruitvale alone.
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