NQN: AT staff give slow public transport a miss

NQN: AT staff give slow public transport a miss

eight_col_SHUTTLEAuckland Transport (AT) is trialling the use of a staff shuttle bus for six months between its downtown Auckland office and head office in Henderson because buses and trains are too slow.

According to Radio New Zealand News, AT wants to reduce its car fleet by 20 vehicles and is encouraging staff to cut car use.

AT community transport manager Matthew Rednall told Radio New Zealand News that the train trip from Britomart to Henderson takes 50 minutes, while the shuttle usually took 20 to 25 minutes.

A bus stop behind the downtown office in the HSBC building serves the 40-minute, twice-an-hour route to Henderson.

“There is public transport and we talk to our staff about using it, but if we want to get the best productivity we need to provide choices, “ Rednall told Radio New Zealand News.

Rednall says other options for staff to use included tele-conferencing, catching public transport using business AT HOP cards, as well as the Henderson – Britomart Shuttle.

Critics of the shuttle questioned why AT staff are not using public transport when the Henderson office, formerly the Waitaekere City Council headquarters, is built alongside the railway station and bus interchange.

Transportblog website editor Matt Lowrie told Radio New Zealand News the shuttle shows the agency was not in touch with its passengers.

“They should use the services that they are providing and get their staff to use them, and make them more desirable, because if staff want to use those services then the public will too,” he says.

Radio New Zealand News says it checked the shuttles downtown arrival at 9am one morning, it had taken 30 minutes, and the lone passenger commented that it sometimes took 40 minutes in congested traffic.

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