NZ Herald: Waterfront Tram Campaign

The Herald reports on our meeting with Auckland City:

Auckland City officials will consider a push by transport campaigners trams to be included in the proposed $2 billion-plus Tank Farm waterfront development.

The Museum of Transport and Technology (Motat) says 4km of high-quality tracks and low-profile powerlines could be laid between Britomart and the Wynyard Quarter for about $16 million.

Campaign for Better Transport spokesman Cameron Pitches told the city’s transport committee yesterday that electric “street cars” could be obtained for between about $500,000 and $2 million each, depending on whether they were heritage trams supplied by Motat or sleeker and more modern conveyances.

He said the tracks would be capable of carrying a mix of heritage and modern trams, which would be quieter than buses, emissions-free and “pedestrian friendly”.

“It would be a quiet environment, pollution-free and that’s something we haven’t been able to achieve on our Queen St.”

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