July 11, 2022
Free buses ticket to climate savings
A south Auckland councillor is backing a plan by fellow councillor and mayoral candidate Efeso Collins for free public transport.
Manurewa-Papakura Ward councillor Angela Dalton says she’s also on a council working group looking at a reduction of transport emissions.
Free buses and trains would help with that goal.
“It will provide more equity for people as long as – the other thing we need to do is make sure those buses are running, are frequent, and in the place they need to be – so I think Efeso is on the right track and It can be funded I believe from within existing budgets because there are things we would just stop doing if we had free public transport,” Ms Dalton says.
More people using public transport means less pressure on road surfaces so they don’t need to be renewed as often.