Budget 2022: Public transport support welcomed, lack of train funding lamented

Published on 20/05/2022 at 11:22 am.

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A two-month extension of half-price public transport – and indefinitely for Community Service cardholders – is being praising a “good first step”, but there is a general feeling more could have been done in Budget 2022 to combat emissions through transport spending.

The Government did not take up a request from Greater Wellington and Horizons regional councils to fund a fleet of hybrid electric trains in the lower North Island.

The hybrid trains could have quadrupled passenger capacity between Wellington and Palmerston North and a business case said for every dollar spent buying the trains, $1.83 would have been earned back.

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