Auckland's newest transport centre at Ōtāhuhu Station was opened on Saturday 29 October, and the New Network has launched for buses in south Auckland.
A community day was held at the station as Transport Minister Simon Bridges opened the new building, along with Auckland Mayor Phil Goff and Auckland Transport chairman Dr Lester Levy.
The $28 million project, which was funded by Auckland Council and the NZ Transport Agency, is pivotal to the new transport network.
Station crucial for New Network's success
The New Network has bus services on key routes running at least every 15 minutes, 7am to 7pm, seven days a week. The buses will bring commuters to stations like Ōtāhuhu to continue their trip by train or on another bus.
Dr Levy says the station is crucial for the successful operation of the New Network for this part of south Auckland.
"Auckland is moving towards a simpler and more integrated public transport network. Bus and train transport hubs like Ōtāhuhu are at the heart of this transformation.
"The New Network will allow passengers to simply turn up and go and not have to plan their trips around a timetable."
More passengers using station
Public transport patronage at Ōtāhuhu Station has increased by 9 per cent in the past 12 months, with a total of 117,000 passengers using the station to board trains in the year to August.
The old Ōtāhuhu Train Station was hidden behind a shipping container yard with poor access.