Take it from me, traffic congestion is here to stay.
For every person who decides to use the bus another car will join the queue.
The group whose views were sought by the Bay of Plenty Times have no traffic management backgrounds and should a decision be asked of them we will be waiting for a very long time.
We have asked for a simple left-hand turn on to Welcome Bay Lane. It's been seven or eight months now.
It's definitely time Tauranga City Council hired a very good traffic engineer to supervise the investigation into the shortfalls in our systems.
At the very least they should be auditing our traffic lights with a view to speeding up traffic turnaround.
Put free school buses on and get the schools to persuade families to use them.
I think there is an association of councils. For goodness sakes, these councils represent almost everyone in New Zealand.
If they, as a group can't put pressure on central Government for infrastructure funds, no one can. (Abridged)
No sense to road model
No longer is it sensible to promote a flawed road transport model. Tauranga can do better as covered in my many previous letters.
Recalling 30 years ago, published letters were critical of the lack of foresight exercised by the then government availing New Zealand of our rail asset by selling it to "market forces".
Disastrously, New Zealand Railways degraded and asset-stripped to extract maximum corporate profits. Since then, considerations for future public good have been absent with passenger services removed.
We are now all paying the price for under-investment in rail, attributed to unwise Government policies of selling public utilities to purely mercenary private equities.
Big corporates have became so powerful they no longer heed governments, environmental concerns, or the greater public good. In fact, we proceed daily irreversibly damaging our planet's stability.
More dangerously, we have become gradually conditioned to be almost trapped in the wastefulness of a throwaway society. Mountains of plastic and in oceans, forest decline, arable land loss, atmospheric degradation, acid rain and the list goes on.
Our planet is under attack as never before. Roading activities substantially contributes, thus opportunely a complete transport rethink is overdue.
Passenger rail offers the sustainable long term transport solution that must be realised with visionary leadership for a better future.
Museum raises head again
Here we go again talk about flogging a dead horse, a $100,000 request (News, May 9) by Peter McKinley to develop a culture and heritage strategy to determine whether a museum was supported, money wasted yet again surely the debt of the city council should tell these people no. (Abridged)
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