In early 2008, Ian Wallis Associates, together with Pinnacle Research & Policy Ltd (Carolyn O’Fallon) and Transport Futures Consultancy (Don Wignall), were contracted by the NZ Transport Agency to develop regional targets for three of the six national level targets set out in the Government Policy Statement on Land Transport Funding (GPS), which was released in August 2008. The 2008 GPS targets were directly shaped by those in the NZ Transport Strategy 2008, and were designed to be short-to medium-term targets that the transport sector would achieve by 2015. The specific targets we regionalised were:
We were also invited to assess the ability of regions to meet the regionalised targets.
In regionalising the targets, we found that the public transport patronage target should be relatively easily met by regions, while both the single occupancy vehicle and walking/cycling targets would require more effort to achieve.