Don’t be a wally, take the Trolley!

Just a quick post to note the excellent article from Wellington blogger Poneke about the long-suffering Wellington city trolley buses.

Poneke has opened a can of worms, and I hope some councillors are forced to eat the entire can! There appears to be good evidence of corruption – public assets placed in subsidiary companies and given public cash to maintain and operate the trolley bus wires and substations does not seem to have translated into a reliable, functioning trolley bus network.

Hopefully the Welly folks can sort it out and keep their iconic trolleys running into the future (which the oil fuelled buses won’t be doing, courtesy of oil production decline).

It would also be interesting to see how an electric trolley bus route from Wellington central rail station to the airport via Oriental and Evans Bays would stack up? Flat but winding scenic route on the existing coastal road, and no need to tunnel and pave motorways over everything as currently proposed by Transit, Wellington City and Greater Wellington Regional Councils …


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