Transport infrastructure and services are important for enabling and supporting population and housing growth in new and existing urban areas, while the location of growth affects how well the transport system performs. Because transport and land use are so strongly connected, all decisions need to consider their impact on the other.
Inefficient land use patterns lead to longer trip lengths and travel times. To address this challenge, we need to encourage housing and employment growth to areas with better travel options.
Encouraging growth into areas with better travel choices will result in more use of public transport, walking and cycling. This will ease some of the pressure growth places on our transport system.
Integrating land use and transport is particularly important for rapid transit. The speed and reliability of rapid transit improves the accessibility of an area, making it more attractive for redevelopment.
Unlocking growth around rapid transit corridors and stations is essential to address Auckland’s housing and transport challenges. It will also maximise the benefits from the large investment required to build and operate rapid transit.