April, 2019Queenstowns transportation experts are asking the Government to
loosen its purse strings so it can investigate mass transit options,
including a light rail system.
About 70 people turned out to a public meeting on Monday night to hear
about the various transport projects in the works for Queenstown, under
umbrella of Wakatipu Way To Go.
Thats the partnership between the district council, NZTA, and the
Otago Regional Council.
At the meeting, district council infrastructure boss Peter Hansby
outlined how a mass rapid transport option would be needed within 10
More funding had been requested to investigate options further,
including light rail, gondolas, and trams.
A graphic shown at the meeting appeared to show a potential light rail
route from Frankton to the town centre along the edge of Lake
In response to questions from Mountain Scene following the meeting,
Hansby says the comparison of light rail, monorail, trackless trams and
gondolas is the work that needs to be done and is a follow on from the
current business case work.
Further details were unavailable until this work is complete.
Funding and timing for this is currently with the New Zealand Transport
Gondalas have dominated the mass rapid transport discussion in recent
times, thanks to developer Alastair Porters ambitious plans for a
between The Remarkables ski area and Remarkables Park.
Meanwhile, community engagements also begun on the range of
transport projects, and will run until April 22.
In a press release Mayor Jim Boult said the challenges facing
Queenstown and Frankton are unique and incredibly challenging.
Getting it right relies on insights and ideas from the people who travel
around the Wakatipu area every day.
Source: Mountain Scene
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