Went to visit my Mum today, exchange Christmas presents, and shout her for lunch in Pukekohe. She is 90 years old, and doesn’t feel confident about driving the motorway anymore, so she can’t get to our family Christmas because there is no public transport available to her on Christmas Day.
So for the last few years, we have had our pre-Christmas catchup, and she has then shared Christmas Day with friends who live locally to her.
Anyway, what a drama getting there today! I live in West Auckland. My partner and I have one car between us, a decision we made in the interests of ecological sustainability. My partner had to work today and needed the car for that, so that option was out.
To get to Pukekohe by mid-day, I had to negotiate two trains and bus replacements between them, and that meant I had to leave home well before 10am. Same on the way home, so for just over an hour and a half with my Mum in Pukekohe, I spent almost 5 hours traveling on trains and buses.
Surely the public transport system in Auckland can do better than that.