The pain of Wellington transport

Rating and ranking the capital commute

Last updated 12:28 28/06/2013

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A Wellington commuter has put the capital's transport options to the test and made a video comparing the various modes.

Kieran Wright, 20, posted a video to YouTube on Thursday, in which he compared walking, taking a bus or taking a taxi to work in central Wellington. 

"I knew that Wellington transport was a hot topic at the so I just put my spin on it," he said. 

The video received almost 300 views overnight.

Wright was inspired by a similar YouTube clip made in New York, which put various modes of public transport to the "pain in the ass" test.

The New York test, created by film-maker Casey Neistat, compared the comfort, cost, speed and ease of use of each mode of transport.  

Every morning Mr Wright travels 2.6km from his home near Webb St to Featherston St, where he works as an e-commerce co-ordinator for the Ridges hotel.

He found that despite being overcrowded and not being much quicker than walking, taking the bus was the least painful way to get to work.

It wasn't nearly as expensive as his $18 taxi ride and was more comfortable than dodging pedestrians in Wellington weather.

"So well done, Metlink for being sort of OK," he said in the video.  

He considered riding a bike for the video but that seemed like too much effort, though he plans to make more videos about Wellington in the future.

So far most people who have seen the video agree with the results, Mr Wright said. 

He said he would continue to walk to work, though that depended on the weather. 

"Most days I walk purely because it's the cheapest option and because I sit at a desk all day," he said.

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