Auckland Transport has collated feedback on the draft Regional Land Transport Plan from the two weeks of consultation that took place recently. More than 18,000 submissions were received, which is pretty impressive for a two week consultation period. Generally it seems there was good support for the RLTP in the feedback, a stark contrast to the disastrous earlier version of the RLTP the AT Board rejected in January. For example, when asked about specific projects most people mentioned public transport:
It is also possible to look through some of the more detailed feedback provided by organisations and key stakeholders – which is all collated here.
Perhaps one of the most heartening things to read in these submissions is the support for public transport from organisations that have often been much less supportive in the past. One submission that’s particularly interesting is that from the Automobile Association (the AA). In recent years have been the AA have been fairly supportive of both public transport and cycling investment. That’s quite different from the organisation’s views of the past. What makes the AA’s submission especially valuable is that they based it on a fairly large survey of AA members:
Generally AA members are older than the average Aucklander and may not immediately come to mind as the strongest of public transport supporters. However, the survey information shows they do support public transport generally – and the city to Mangere light rail project in particular:
I wonder whether such strong support for light-rail, especially from a demographic that has not traditionally been the strongest of public transport supports, might reduce the willingness of some to use this project as a political football.
Providing a rail link to the Airport has long been very popular with the public, so to some extent I’m not surprised with the survey results. It’s still good to see though.