This consultation has now closed.
The Transport Agency invites feedback on the proposed guidelines for public transport infrastructure. This interim consultation draft provides principle based guidelines that will improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the public transport infrastructure and facilities across New Zealand.
Submissions closed on Monday 14 July 2014.
The interim consultation draft document provides the four core principles for investment in all types of public transport infrastructure, which is that it should be:
The proposed guidelines also provide key considerations and design guidance specifically for bus stops. It is anticipated that future updates to these guidelines will include additional sections providing key considerations and design guidelines for other types of public transport infrastructure.
Download the consultation document:
We were seeking feedback on:
The interim guidelines were developed by a sector working group set up by the Public Transport Leadership Forum to implement the Public Transport Effectiveness Action Plan. The sector working group included representatives from the Transport Agency, Auckland Transport, Bus and Coach Association, Dunedin City Council, Greater Wellington Regional Council, Hastings District council, Hutt City Council, Tauranga City Council, Waikato Regional Council, Wellington City Council.
The aim of the guidelines is to improve the effectiveness of public transport across New Zealand. They're intended to encourage consistent, cost-effective delivery of facilities and infrastructure across New Zealand that will meet customer needs at various levels of service. They also encourage best practice through case studies and international research.
The current scope of the interim guidelines includes core principles for all public transport infrastructure and facilities – with specific key considerations and design information for urban bus stops only.
Urban bus stops are the most significant type of public transport infrastructure in New Zealand so this is the first module to be released.
The guidelines will be expanded to include infrastructure and facilities for other types of public transport (such as rail and ferry). We will continue to consult with the sector as each facility/infrastructure module is developed.
The interim guidelines focus on four key areas:
The document refers to existing public transport facility guidance information, and aligns with key regulatory documents such as the Requirements for urban buses in New Zealand (2011), and Land Transport Rule: Traffic Control Devices 2004.
The expectation is that these guidelines will be used as best practice guidance and any exception will need to be justified. This will apply to public transport and local road funding.
As the guidelines are implemented, we expect to see the following benefits:
On 16 June 2014, we published the draft interim Guidelines for public transport infrastructure and facilities on our website and sought transport sector feedback on:
Submissions can be made online or posted to Quintin Howard, NZ Transport Agency PT Infrastructure Guidelines, Private Bag 6995, Wellington 6141. The closing date for submissions is Monday 14 July 2014.
Email any questions to: PTguidelines@nzta.govt.nz
These guidelines will be applied by territorial authorities when planning, installing and maintaining public transport infrastructure and facilities.
It's intended that once these guidelines are finalised, they will eventually provide an overarching document that directs and informs local infrastructure and public transport plans.
However, this will take time and will involve a transition period. In the meantime, the interim guidelines should be treated as a best practice target and used along with current local guidance.
The core principles will start to be used immediately. However the bus stop upgrades required as a result of these proposed guidelines should only be made as part of regular scheduled maintenance and replacements.
It is anticipated that these guidelines will be implemented over time. The infrastructure upgrades can be accommodated within the existing National Land Transport Programme (NLTP).
The interim guidelines document is a work in progress and updates will be ongoing. Content will be developed and shared using a dedicated online NZ Transport Agency website. Users and registered contributors will be able to download required information and upload draft additions for consideration. Material will be only be printed when there are key edition/revision milestones.