Auckland Transport Plan Variation: Have Your Say

[1 – Statement of Proposal – RPTP Variation May 2015.compressed PDF]

HAVE YOUR SAY:

Proposed Variation to the Auckland Regional Public Transport Plan

Auckland Transport (AT) is consulting on a proposed variation to Auckland’s Regional Public Transport Plan (RPTP) from Monday 11 May until 4pm Friday 5 June 2015. This document summarises the matters covered in the variation, and explains how you can provide feedback.

Please find attached a copy of the consultation document ‘Variation to the Auckland Regional Public Transport Plan – Statement of Proposal’.

What is the RPTP?

The RPTP is a statutory document that describes the services that are integral to Auckland’s public transport network and the policies and procedures that apply to those services; the current RPTP was completed in 2013.

What is being changed?

There is now the need to update references to some public transport initiatives within the RPTP and to incorporate some new initiatives. These include:

· Simplified zone fares

· Light rail

· Ferry development plan

· New Network service descriptions

The ‘Variation to the Auckland Regional Public Transport Plan – Statement of Proposal’ sets out the proposed changes to the RPTP to reflect new policies and procedures that would apply to services relating to these initiatives. AT is now seeking feedback on these changes, which are summarised below. Further details are outlined in the attached Statement of Proposal.

Please note: AT is not revising other parts of the document at this time, and is not seeking feedback on matters that are not covered in the Statement of Proposal. AT is planning a more comprehensive review of the RPTP in 2016, which will address these other matters.

1) Simplified Zone Fares

To support the new, connected public transport network being rolled out across Auckland, AT is proposing the introduction of simplified zone fares across the Auckland public transport network. The new system takes account of public feedback received during preparation of the current RPTP, which showed strong support for a zone-based fare system, but asked AT to review the zone boundaries.

The new simplified zone fares system will allow customers using AT HOP cards to pay one fare for their entire journey on bus or rail, regardless of whether or not they need to transfer between services to complete the journey.

AT is now seeking feedback on RPTP changes that establish the policy framework for the new fares system.

AT is also carrying out a more in-depth public consultation on simplified fare zones during May. This in-depth consultation is focused on the local implementation of the policy, and will enable people to understand how the changes will affect the cost of their travel. For more information on the fares consultation please visit www.AT.govt.nz/simplifiedzonefares.

2) Light Rail Transit

Investigations into alternative public transport options for those parts of the Auckland isthmus that cannot be served by the commuter rail network have concluded that light rail is the best option to provide for increased capacity, reliability and speed. The recent public consultation on the Regional Land Transport Plan also revealed strong support for the concept of light rail. As a result, AT is investigating its introduction on some critical routes.

Subject to the outcome of further investigations, and approval to proceed including funding, AT is proposing a staged implementation of light rail. The initial stages, which may be implemented during the 10 year planning period of the RPTP would be likely to include Queen Street and Dominion Road – potentially including a link to Wynyard Quarter. A route extension to the Airport is also possible, subject to investigation of light rail and metro rail options. Other corridors (Sandringham Road, Manukau Road and Mt Eden Road) could be implemented at a later stage, subject to feasibility and funding. If implemented, light rail would replace the existing bus services on these routes.

AT is seeking feedback on the policy changes that would be needed to the RPTP to facilitate light rail on these routes.

3) Ferry Development Plan

Amendments to the current RPTP are proposed to give effect to the Ferry Development Plan prepared in 2014. The Ferry Development Plan identifies actions needed to better integrate ferry services into the wider public transport network, and outlines proposed improvements to ferry infrastructure and service levels.

AT is seeking feedback on proposed RPTP amendments that would give effect to the Ferry Development Plan.

4) New Network Service Descriptions

To enable implementation of the new bus network (New Network) in areas where community consultation has been completed, changes to the service descriptions in the RPTP are required. The consultation processes revealed strong community support for the New Network, but also identified some improvements to the planned services that have now been incorporated. As a result of this process, the New Network will be rolled out over the next year or so.

Amendments are proposed to the service descriptions in Appendix 1 of the RPTP and consequential amendments to include indicative start dates and route maps are also proposed.

Please note: AT is not seeking further feedback on this part of the variation as it has already been the subject of extensive public consultations during 2013 and 2014.

How to provide feedback

Written submissions on the RPTP variation outlined in the Statement of Proposal can be made online at www.at.govt.nz/rptp, by email to rptp@aucklandtransport.govt.nz, or by post to:

Freepost Authority No. 233462

RPTP Variation

Auckland Transport

Private Bag 92250

Victoria Street West

Auckland 1142

What happens after the consultation period?

AT will:

· Consider all the feedback received and make final decisions on the variations.

· Prepare a report on all the feedback received that summarises and responds to the feedback and includes final decisions on the variations. This report will be made available to all submitters and the public.

· Subject to the feedback received, adopt the variations to the RPTP and respond to submitters.

Further information

For further information please visit the project webpage www.AT.govt.nz/rptp, or contact Mathew Stewart on (09) 447 4831 or Mathew.Stewart@aucklandtransport.govt.nz.

Kind regards

Mathew Stewart | Consultation and Engagement Lead
Communications

6 Henderson Valley Rd, Henderson, Auckland 0612

Private Bag 92250, Auckland 1142

DDI 09 447 4831 | F 09 355 3550 | | M 021 835 687

www.AT.govt.nz | mathew.stewart@aucklandtransport.govt.nz