“..But what’s new.
In 1991, after an earlier battle for a light rail service, regional councillors calculated that Aucklanders then paid $150 million a year in fuel taxes – but only got $84 million back in central transport funding.
More recently, Green Party researchers have calculated that in the 15 years to 2005 -
- Aucklanders paid $7.022 billion in fuel taxes and the like -
- but only got back $3.222 billion in transport-related expenditure –
- less than half what they put in…”
“..The big ticket item is once again the maintenance and building of state highways.
Together that comes to just over $5 billion.
That’s more than five times the public transport spend.
This despite NZTA graphs, based on more than 100 survey points across the highway network, showing that motorway traffic has plateaued.
NZTA’s own gurus have discovered motorway traffic peaked around 2003 after steadily climbing since the monitoring began in 1989.
A year or two later – heavy traffic followed suit..”
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