Wednesday 21 March 2007

Electric Rail NOW!

Electrify NOW! Monday 2nd April 2007 7:30pm Methodist Mission Hall 370 Queen Street Auckland (opposite the Town Hall) There is an urgent need to electrify Auckland rail. The system is based on old, polluting diesel trains, bursting at the seams at rush hour. The Prime Minister has supported the idea of electrifying the Auckland rail system, but real commitment is needed now. The Auckland Regional Transport Authority (ARTA) need to order $170m worth of new trains in the next few weeks, and this money could be spent on electric trains if the government promises to support electrification in the coming years. If not it means more diesels, more smoke, and more going nowhere. Support us in pressuring central government to help finance the electrification of Auckland's rail system over the coming years. Green Forum is hosting "Electrify Auckland's Rail NOW!" a public forum on Auckland's transport system. With your support this meeting will help pressure the labour government into making the right choice, in time. Many notable and informed speakers have been lined up for this event, including Auckland Regional Council Chair Mike Lee and Councillor Joel Cayford, Green Co-Leader Jeanette Fitzsimons and Cam Pitches from "Campaign for Better Transport". Join in the call for better Auckland public transport - a large crowd will send a strong message to Finance Minister Michael Cullen that Aucklanders are serious about electrification. Promote this meeting and spread the message about why a decision to go electric is needed soon. For more details contact Green MPs Auckland Office 09 302 0166 greenmps.auckland (at)

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