Mayor Wayne Brown has regularly called for “a joined-up, comprehensive transport plan, written by Aucklanders“. Earlier this year it was covered in a council agenda item and titled the Auckland Integrated Transport Plan.
The Minister of Transport and the Mayor have agreed on the need for a broader plan to futureproof Auckland with a high-quality, joined-up transport system, which more closely integrates decision-making on cars, buses, trains, ferries, cyclists, pedestrians, freight and passenger rail and light rail. This includes considering steps to address immediate and pressing needs, as well as long-term city-shaping initiatives.
As I described at the time, this largely sounds like the Auckland Transport Alignment Project (ATAP) with just a new name.
Since its inception in 2016, ATAP has been a closed-door exercise between local and central government officials and politicians. However, one area where it seems this new plan will be different is last week the mayor has somewhat quietly launched a quick consultation on it – I say somewhat quietly because other a few social media posts there’s been little announcement of it and normally these things are accompanied by press releases and are pushed by multiple council channels.
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The plan aims to fix Auckland's transport network by ensuring there is a high-quality, connected transport system for all Aucklanders. #AKHaveYourSay pic.twitter.com/T6DIML4WIq
— Mayor Wayne Brown (@MayorWayneBrown) May 1, 2023
Here’s what the consultation is described as:
About the Auckland Integrated Transport Plan
Auckland Council and the Government are working together on an integrated transport plan for Auckland.
Once the mayor and Minister of Transport have agreed on the plan, it will be approved by the Governing Body and the government.
The plan aims to fix Auckland’s transport network by ensuring there is a high-quality, connected transport system for:
- passenger rail
- light rail.
It covers immediate and pressing needs as well as long-term, city-shaping initiatives.
What we want your feedback on
To help us agree on priorities for the plan, we want to hear what you think on the following:
- guiding principles that will help decide how transport funding is allocated
- how we prioritise different objectives
- types of projects that you would like to see funded as a priority
The survey is fairly basic but sometimes too much so, often grouping multiple different, potentially opposing ideas together, such as whether you support “Upgrades to busy arterial roads to support increased traffic as well as public transport, walking and cycling“. There is no option to say you don’t support projects that will increase traffic. In this particular case I guess it’s that you oppose that one but support all the bus and cycling specific questions.
First up is the guiding principles.
And finally the more project/mode specific questions, including the one mentioned earlier.
It is then on the obligatory questions such as if there’s any other projects to mention and can give some written responses to the project list above.