Author:Harshal Chitale, David Norman
Source:Auckland Council Chief Economist
Road congestion costs Aucklanders $250 million to $1250 million a year.
Only expanding the roading network is unlikely to solve congestion.
A multi-pronged approach is needed including more public transport provision and uptake; increased flexibility from employers; and traffic demand management.
Congestion on our roads is increasing as the city grows rapidly. Estimates of what congestion costs Aucklanders depends on what comparator you use: either one of free flowing traffic or one of full road capacity utilisation. A New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) report using these two benchmarks estimates costs of congestion in Auckland at $250 million to $1250 million a year.
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