john-ston wrote:...prior to Waikanae opening, it was known that the Capital Connection was barely making a profit and the loss of all those Waikanae passengers would have probably tipped the service from profitable to loss making
The first post in this thread was only a year ago, well after Waikanae opened.
Meanwhile, this item would indicate the NZTA are going to ensure a subsidy does not happen:
Lack of cash for capital connection concerns councils
Updated at 7:48 pm on 17 May 2012
Two regional councils say the fate of the Capital Connection train service between Palmertson North and Wellington hinges on the Transport Agency, which is refusing to stump up cash for the service.
The Capital Connection has been losing several hundred dollars a day since other commuter trains began servicing Paraparaumu and Waikanae more than a year ago and KiwiRail says it can't keep absorbing the losses.
The Wellington, and Manawatu-Wanganui Regional Councils, both say they would subsidise the service if the Transport Agency contributed, too.
But the Transport Agency says there is no congestion problem between Wellington and Palmerston North, so there is no justification for it investing.
Copyright © 2012, Radio New Zealand
That last line is interesting. Does that mean no justification for upgrading SH1 as well, since there is no congestion problem?