The tram system that connected all corners of Tāmaki Makaurau was torn up in favour of a car-focused transport system in the 1950s. What will it take to reverse that change? asks The Spinoff. What was then considered a move to increase convenience and freedom has since become a millstone around the city’s neck. Research shows that, pre-Covid, 90% of trips in Auckland were made by private motor vehicle, with peak-hour travel taking up to 48% longer than non-peak – making Auckland’s the worst rush hour in Australasia.