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Transport Outlook – The Current State

Should the voice of the disability sector be stronger and louder in the consultation and planning?

 

 

Raewyn Hailes, Access and Community Development Manager for CCS Disability Action Central Region shares her knowledge about the Transport Outlook – The Current State.

 

New Zealand’s growing population, which includes the predicted growth in the aging population, lifts the demand for Transport Services and the use of the infrastructure.

 

The Ministry of Transport’s recent release on the Current State shows 38.4% of all NZ households have 2 cars, and each person spends, on average, one hour a day travelling. We are walking and cycling less. On average walking less than one hour a week and fewer school children are cycling to school.

 

Public transport use has increased in Auckland and Wellington but in other cities growth is slower or in decline. Public transport accounts for only 3% of all trips. Use of trains in high population areas, has increased 67% in Auckland over 5 years and 14% in Wellington.

 

Add into this the new technology in Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS), driverless vehicles (trains, busses, cars) and voice recognition, the potential for people with different abilities is enhanced. Summoning a car then sending it to the next job, for example, could eliminate parking issues, especially as car trips could link to driverless bus and train transport.

 

Intelligent transport systems currently vary from basic management systems such as car navigation, traffic signal control systems, variable message signs, automatic number plate recognition or speed cameras to monitor systems, such as security CCTV systems, and to more advanced applications that integrate live data and feedback from a number of other sources, such as parking guidance and information systems.

 

Developments in disability equipment also continue to move fast pace and enable people to move confidently, further and faster. New faster, electric wheelchairs that go further, assistive phone apps that voice your location, electronic signage at bus stops and train stations.

 

Much of this technology is in the market place now. Is this your future and are you ready for it?

 

Or is this the beginning of a less accessible NZ, with high cost equipment and expenses that will be prohibitive to many and accessible to only a few?

 

Tim Macindoe, Associate Minister of Transport says:

“We are in the middle of a digital revolution. While a Tsunami of data is available, our challenge is to harness the power of that data and to avoid being swamped by it.”

 

Should the voice of the disability sector be stronger and louder in the consultation and planning?

 

The full document and more information on the Transport Outlook project can be found here.

 

This document is to be updated annually so to have your say please contact

transportoutlook@transport.govt.nz

 

 

 

 

 

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