Queenstowners’ opinions are wanted in developing the Whakatipu’s 30-year transport plan.
Way to Go, a multi-agency collab, is developing the ‘Queenstown Public Transport Business Case’, to focus on investment decisions over the next 15 years.
Otago Regional Council transport manager Lorraine Cheyne says because Queenstown’s one of New Zealand’s fastest-growing areas our transport system’s constantly facing growth pressures.
The community engagement’s also looking at how best to use buses and ferries to create a safe and resilient network where public and active transport become ‘‘people’s first transport choice’’.
There are two preferred bus network, ferry and on-demand options — the first is ‘minimal transfers’ and similar to the existing network, with three routes working to provide frequent service on Frankton Rd between Queenstown and the Frankton Bus Hub.
The second is designated ‘Town Centre to Jack’s Point’, with connections to other routes at the Frankton hub.
The business case proposes to retain the existing ferry service, but the frequency and span of services could be improved.
Public drop-in sessions are being held tomorrow, from 10am till 2.30pm, at the Frankton Bus Hub and from 4pm till 6pm at the Stanley St bus hub kiosk.
On Saturday, from 10am till 2pm, there’s a session at the Arrowtown Community Centre, and on September 30 another from 9am till 2pm at Steamer Wharf’s Queenstown Market.
An online survey is also available.