Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland will significantly expand and upgrade its rapid transit network over the coming decades to support and shape the city’s growth. High capacity, quality rapid transit is critical to developing a modern, connected city, providing people with faster, safer, and more reliable trips, while reducing carbon emissions. Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland’s rapid transit network currently includes the existing heavy rail lines, the Northern Busway, and the Eastern Busway.
The Northern Busway corridor runs along State Highway 1 from the Auckland Harbour Bridge to Albany. It forms the backbone of public transport services on the North Shore and is a critical component of the wider Auckland Rapid Transit Network. The corridor includes a dedicated dual busway and bus lanes, and provides fast, reliable, frequent, and high-capacity bus services, free from congestion to Auckland’s city centre.
The Northern Busway significantly increases the capacity of State Highway 1 by reducing private vehicle use, making it possible for more people to travel, supporting the growth of northern Auckland.
The first section of the Northern Busway between Onewa and Constellation Station opened in 2008. In May 2022, an additional 5km stretch from Constellation Station to Albany Station opened as part of the Northern Corridor Improvements project.
The Northern Busway has been highly successful, with passenger growth exceeding that of both the rail network and the rest of the bus network. Passenger trips are set to increase 31% by 2038 to 21,000 trips daily at the morning peak (Auckland Transport: Northern Busway Detailed Business Case). The forecasted passenger transport demand is likely to exceed the functional capacity of core North Shore to Auckland city centre public transport corridors by the 2030s. This exceptional growth will further increase pressure on the Northern Busway.
Access to and activities on the busway are regulated under the Northern Busway Bylaw. While Auckland Transport manages the busway’s daily operations with support from the Auckland Transport Operation Centre.
To ensure the bylaw supports the Northern Busway’s rapid transit function now and into the future, Waka Kotahi and Auckland Transport have reviewed the bylaw to make sure it:
To help ensure the Northern Busway’s ongoing success as a rapid transit corridor, while supporting other transport outcomes, such as transport equity and accessibility, we are proposing the following key changes be made through a replacement bylaw:
Consultation on the proposed changes to the Northern Busway Bylaw will be held from 6 November to 1 December 2023.
Submissions will be primarily taken via the Waka Kotahi consultation survey.
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