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People in charge of improving public transport in Manawatū and surrounding areas have been given a clear message: do more.
Submitters to Horizons Regional Council’s passenger transport committee on Thursday came with a long list of gripes, ranging from noise in city centres to the smell of mildew.
But a common theme was wanting more services so people can get out of cars.
The committee met on Wednesday to hear submissions on its draft regional public transport plan.
The plan guides how Horizons, public transport operators, Waka Kotahi and district and city councils should work together to shape public transport in Whanganui, Tararua, Horowhenua, Manawatū and Ruapehu for the next decade.
Palmerston North public transport advocate and former city councillor Chris Teo-Sherrell said the plan was well short on what was required to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
One-quarter of the region’s emissions were created by transport, with 55% caused by private vehicles, he said.
But Horizons’ goal to get 10% of travel in the region by public transport in a decade did not move the dial far on the emissions scale.
“I think this draft plan is completely inadequate in terms of effective action,” he said.
This article first appeared on www.stuff.co.nz
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