The rise and decline of public transport in New Zealand and some lessons for its recovery

In this paper we look to New Zealand's past to identify the circumstances in which public transport was a success. While the paper draws on historical data the paper is not intended as a comprehensive history of public transport in New Zealand. The rise and decline of public transport in New Zealand illustrates a number of issues that are of relevance today: 1. the balance between modes is more than simply one of "car travel" and "alternate modes"; 2. there are subtle but significant differences between the different forms of public transport; 3. the relationship between form of energy and resultant infrastructure; 4. the role of rapid transit in metropolitan travel; 5. the problems of fragmented governance; 6. the importance of the social/recreational journey in travel mode choice. (a) For the covering entry of this conference, please see ITRD abstract no. E214666.


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  • Accession Number: 01050539
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • ISBN: 1877040568
  • Files: ITRD, ATRI
  • Created Date: Jun 4 2007 11:36PM