Transport issues are Auckland wide and it's going to take a lot of work to solve them. But I don't like the order of priorities or the way certain areas are being ignored. None of the solutions are easy on our patience or our wallets, but some solutions are clearly better than others.
For example, I've watched the growth out in the western rural area. All the new housing suburbs going in at Kumeu, Huapai, Waimauku and Riverhead etc are providing good spaces for the population growth - but with every new home comes more vehicles.
The traffic queues are insane. Again, it is an issue across the entire city, but the focus for remedies is not being prioritised correctly.
There is a good case to take commuter trains all the way out to Huapai, and at the same time there are equally good cases for expansion of the existing rail to the airport rather than spending crazy amounts on new installations.
A big part of the problem is AT, and the strange ideas coming from the two Phil's - Goff and Twyford.
Then, of course, we wait for the budget blowout that will come from the recent announcement to rebuild Puhinui Interchange. Watch $60 million become $85, and then watch the 18 month build stretch out to 3 years...