Throughout history, the progress of nations has been driven by visionaries and their ambitions. But only those ambitions realised are remembered. The misses, even the near misses, are soon archived and forgotten.
During the development of their various transport systems, there has been no lack of ambition expressed by Aucklanders struggling with the challenges of travelling and trading across their isthmus and beyond. Unfortunately for the present-day commuter and trader, and for reasons as diverse as the thousands of vehicles that now choke the City's roads, precious few ambitions were realised. This is the story of those that succeeded, but mostly of those that failed, and how.
The story provides some explanation to those thousands of motorists who now crawl, seemingly forever, along Auckland's roads; those with plenty of time to ponder, how did I get here?