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Have your say on the future of Auckland’s public transport

Published: 22 November 2018
Councillors Darby and Hills at Esmonde Road bus stop in Takapuna.

Auckland Transport recently released the draft Regional Public Transport Plan (RPTP), setting out the 10-year plan for Auckland’s public transport system.  

It includes the provision of bus, train and ferry services across wider Auckland, including connected terminals, stations, parking areas and facilities.

The RPTP builds on the changes made to the public transport network since 2015 and will continue to enhance customer experience. It has four areas of focus:

  • Expanding our public transport network to improve the frequency band reliability of services
  • Making it easier for people to get to and from public transport
  • Improving  Maori input into public transport, which includes applying  Te Aranga Principles to design
  • Using technology to make it easier and more accessible for people to use public transport such as on-demand travel and easier payment options.

Last year there were 92.4 million trips on Auckland's public transport and this number will increase over the next 10 years.

Planning Committee Chair Councillor Chris Darby says it's vital Aucklanders have their say on the future of their city’s transport services.

“As the number of people who call Auckland home increases, the number of trips taken on our transport network does too," he says. 

"We need a system that provides more options and better experiences, without using more physical space.”

“It’s really important that Aucklanders take the opportunity to tell us what they would like the 10-year public transport system to include,” he says.

Deputy chair Councillor Richard Hills agrees and says, “A well-used public transport system is fundamental to Auckland.”

“This is Auckland’s chance to let us know what they think of our approach to each of the focus areas and raise other factors that we should be focusing on.”

Councillors Wayne Walker and John Watson at Hobsonville Ferry terminal.
Councillors Wayne Walker and John Watson at Hobsonville Ferry terminal.

Auckland Councillor John Watson says, “Demand for public transport services is growing year on year, and some acute pains are being felt in specific areas across the city.”

“For example, in the north, we’re hearing a lot from our communities about ferry services and the need for increased sailings, including on weekends in places like Hobsonville Point, West Harbour, Beach Haven and Gulf Harbour.”

“Councillor Wayne Walker and I would also encourage feedback on new bus network services and ferry terminals and their associated facilities across the city,” he says.

Talk to Auckland Transport at one of these drop-in sessions

  • Tuesday 27 November: 4.30-6.30pm, Takapuna War Memorial Hall,  7 The Strand, Takapuna
  • Saturday 1 December: 10am-12pm, Manurewa Library, 7 Hill Road, Manurewa
  • Wednesday 5 December: 5-7pm, New Lynn Community Centre main hall, 45 Totara Avenue, New Lynn
  • Saturday 8 December: 10am-12pm, Ellen Melville Centre, Betty Wark Room, 2 Freyberg Place, Auckland Central

Feedback on the draft public transport plan closes on 14 December 2018.

To read the plan and provide your comments go to

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