Focus area 7: Develop a sustainable and resilient transport system
Rohe arotahinga 7: Ki te whakawhanake i tētahi pūnaha ikiiki toitū, mārohirohi hoki
To make our transport system more sustainable it needs to:
- be more resilient to a broad range of local and global changes
- minimise negative impacts on the climate and environment.
Building a resilient transport system delivers a wide range of benefits, such as:
- improved public health
- better air and water quality
- a fairer and more equitable society
- longer-term social and economic resilience
- a significant contribution to reducing Auckland’s emissions.
Improving the resilience of our transport system in response to potential long or short-term disruption is also crucial. We face several challenges and opportunities in this regard, particularly from a changing climate and biodiversity loss. These include:
- disruptions arising from accidents, damage or incidents on the network
- short and long-term changing weather patterns with:
- extreme weather
- increased rainfall intensity
- extreme heat events
- sea-level rise
- shock events like those caused by pandemics, energy, and fuel disruptions
- continued social, cultural, political, economic and technological changes.
Decisions must be made in a way that reduces the risk of investments being 'caught out' by such changes which can be rapid and sudden.
How this can be done
Our transport system must:
- rapidly decrease emissions by:
- reducing the distance people need to travel
- encouraging the uptake of electric vehicles and micro-mobility,
- prioritising the use of more sustainable modes of transport, such as walking, cycling and public transport
- identify parts of the transport network where disruption would have significant and widespread impacts
- develop appropriate strategies to improve resilience of our transport network
- reduce the harmful pollutants that enter our waterways and atmosphere
- reduce the impact of non-permeable surfaces on run-off and the creation of urban heat islands.
To find out more, see Te Tāruke-ā-Tāwhiri: Auckland'’s Climate Plan and Auckland’s Transport Emissions Reduction Pathway (TERP).
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