Mayor Bob Parker took a nice little swipe at Ecans control of Christchurch Public Transport. Parker, quoted in an article about the bus tendering system, criticised the situation of having two local government involved in running the public transport system.
My view is the city should have taken control of its public transport system.
To be honest, I have been waiting for the Mayor to use the recent uproar over the quality of new bus services to push for change. This is just a pretty small thing, but could well be a sign of things to come?
Personally, I have mixed views on reform. I sincerely believe Ecans urban/rural split is not conducive for running public transport in New Zealand’s second city. However, what is the best alternative option? Thats where it becomes complicated. Is City Council control desirable, or even possible? Guess we will have to see how this develops.