Bus priority: Action!
Wellington City Council is today considering a really significant bit of paper: the draft Bus Priority Action Plan. It’s good news and worth a read.
Here’s the bizzo (jump down to p143 to see what Council are being recommended, and 150 for the report). It’s awesome.
Picking 8 key corridors to fix – prioritising by gravity of holdups and number of people affected, and honing in on the worst bits therein
Very comprehensive analysis of what’s holding buses up and spoiling the service for people – like this!
Thinking about and planning for other transport modes besides buses. They’re doing it! A bit at least, at last! Respect is deserved: it’s bizarrely hard to do this because systems are silo’d (including funding). Check out the section “Multi Modal Approach”.
Mostly being implemented by Let’s Get Wellington Moving – it’ll be the mechanism for doing many of the changes, through the City Streets and Golden Mile projects (one of several).
Happening soon! And hopefully happening proper good – the “do it all” package doesn’t seem that grandiose when we’re contemplating dropping several billion on transport…
Parking vs buses
This is less a highlight than one to watch. Prioritising bus movement over street parking will be one of the changes that make buses go better – check out the “toolkit” section.
And rightly so.
Cars parked on street often outright block buses (think Courtenay Place: just one person doing “hey it’s not my best parallel parking work but I’m only here for a few minutes” in some spots can hold up buses for everyone).
Street parking on Wellington’s already narrow roads also creates “side friction” (where the bus has to slow down heaps to squeak through gaps with everyone on board holding their breath).
And general traffic drivers looking for parks hold a lot of things up on main corridors that should be prioritised for efficient movement.
Expect a bunch of daft framing from media about “motorists” suffering – because goodness knows, one can’t ever be a Motorist and a Bus Rider (or a Pedestrian or a Scooterist or a Cyclist). And probably from some shop owners too, convinced that people coming from buses don’t shop like people coming in cars.
So be ready to support councillors when they go in to do the “controversial” bits of the Bus Priority Action Plan.
WCC – GWRC: collaboration and competence!
Throughout bustastrophe buck-passing and finger-pointing has been rife, especially pre-election. Both WCC and GWRC politicians throwing each other’s councils under … you guessed it!
The bus Priority action plan looks, at last, to be some decent joined-up work. Well done people.
Also, awesomely, Greater Wellington is has done its own Bus Network Review post Bustastrophe. They’ve done a really good job. Not the three-weeks-to-write-it once-over-lightly. Proper, with good recommendations.
Yes! Level headed, tradeoffs considered, and frankly pretty damn sensible. Find the report on Metlink’s website. The Recommendations Report is the coolest summary (unless you’re into rich analysis, in which case get into the background ones.)