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Salient. Victoria University Student Newspaper. [Volume 39, Issue 8. April 1976]

Reappraisal of Transport Needs

Reappraisal of Transport Needs

Even this, I suggest, will be futile unless there is a total re-appraisal of the transport needs of the city area and an honest attempt to meet them. What is needed is a system that meets the needs of the greatest numbers of people, gets them where they want to go, when they want to, in a relatively high degree of comfort and speed.

Some ways of achieving this are included in the next section, but few, if any of those proposals will be effective, unless we decide who or what is going to determine the shape of the centre of our city.

I do not believe that there is room for both an effective and efficient public transport system and private motor vehicles. What is required is a political decision by the people of Wellington and their elected representatives.

We must decide if our freedom includes the freedom to hinder great numbers of other people as they go about their daily work, or whether it means that the greatest good for the greatest number should prevail, in which case the buses win.