Together with the Ministry of Transport, we are responsible for setting the strategic direction for transport in Auckland. This is done through the Auckland Plan 2050 and the Government Policy Statement on Land Transport.
Auckland Transport together with Waka Kotahi (NZ Transport Agency) and KiwiRail are the main planning and delivery agencies for our transport network.
Auckland Council and Waka Kotahi are the primary funding sources.
Auckland Transport is responsible for managing Auckland’s roads, footpaths, cycleways, and public transport. It also manages on-street parking and certain off-street parking facilities and implements Vision Zero which is its transport safety strategy and action plan.
Joint planning and prioritisation processes are crucial to provide the best transport solutions to support Auckland'’s growth.
The Auckland Transport Alignment Project (ATAP) process aligns our priorities and those of central government. It also sets out an agreed approach for the development of our transport system over the next 30 years.
ATAP informs the 10-year Budget, Regional Fuel Tax (RFT) and the Regional Land Transport Plan (RLTP). ATAP does not replace the statutory responsibility of Auckland Council or Auckland Transport.
Reliance on traditional funding tools is becoming increasingly inadequate to meet Auckland's transport investment needs.
Continued efforts will be needed to assess options for increasing transport funding and how to spread these costs across central and local government, users and non-users, in a fair, sustainable and equitable way.
Supporting strategies and plans
Auckland Transport Alignment Project (ATAP)
ATAP is a strategic exercise to align the transport priorities of central government and Auckland Council.
In 2021, ATAP was updated to include considerations for climate change, mode shift, spatial priorities and the Covid-19 economic shock. The package also reflects a continuation of the ATAP 2018 investment priorities by placing place a greater weight on public transport (especially rapid transit), walking and cycling, improving safety, and realising environmental, health and growth outcomes.
Visit the ATAP website for more information.
Auckland Regional Land Transport Plan (RLTP)
This is a plan to respond to growth and the other challenges facing Auckland. The Government Policy Statement on transport and the Auckland Plan 2050 set the strategic direction for the RLTP. Funding for the RLTP is provided through the Auckland Council's Long-term Plan, the National Land Transport Programme and through other central government budgets.
Te Tāruke-ā-Tāwhiri: Auckland's Climate Plan
Te Tāruke-ā-Tāwhiri: Auckland's Climate Plan is Auckland’s roadmap to net zero emissions and a resilient and healthier region that is better connected to our environment and able to thrive in the face of ongoing change and disruption.
The plan identifies transport as one of eight priority action areas critical to achieving net zero by 2050. This is because transport is the largest source of carbon emissions, contributing over 40 per cent of Auckland’s total emissions.
It states that Auckland’s transport sector emissions must reduce by 64 per cent by 2030 to reach our net-zero target.
Areas of significant change include:
- changing travel behaviour
- getting around more by walking, cycling and public transport
- changing the vehicles we use for low emission versions
- improving freight efficiencies.
Auckland’s Transport Emissions Reduction Pathway
The Transport Emissions Reduction Pathway (TERP) provides the ‘next level of detail’ for achieving 64% reduction in transport emissions by 2030.
It provides direction on achieving the necessary changes to the transport system.
It highlights eleven critical areas of transformation over the next eight years to 2030:
- Supercharge walking and cycling.
- Massively increase public transport patronage.
- Prioritise and resource sustainable transport.
- Reduce travel where possible and appropriate.
- Safe, low-traffic neighbourhoods for people.
- Build up not out.
- Electrify private vehicles.
- Enable new transport devices.
- Low emissions public transport.
- Efficient freight and services.
- Empower Aucklanders to make sustainable transport choices.
See Auckland’s Transport Emissions Reduction Pathway for more information.
Transport safety strategies
Visit the Road to Zero to read about the government's current strategy to guide improvements in road safety.
In 2019 Auckland Transport adopted Vision Zero for Tāmaki Makaurau which is a new transport safety vision that states that there will be no deaths or serious injuries on our transport system by 2050. Read more about Vision Zero for Tāmaki Makaurau.
Auckland Transport has several initiatives to support safer communities, particularly partnerships with national agencies on improving road safety and reducing the number of people killed or injured on Auckland's roads. Read about these initiatives on the Auckland Transport website.
Māori Responsiveness Plan
The Māori Responsiveness Plan outlines Auckland Transport's legal and relationship commitments to Māori and how it can be more responsive.
See Auckland Transport’s Māori Responsiveness Plan for more information.
The Congestion Question
Similar to ATAP, the Congestion Question is a joint project involving the Auckland Council, Waka Kotahi New Zealand, Auckland Transport, the NZ Transport Agency, the Treasury and the State Services Commission.
The project is investigating different pricing options and test whether these could improve congestion results, taking into account the impact of these options on affected households and businesses.
Visit the Congestion Question website for more information.
How to get involved
Get inspired about places to ride, run and walk in Auckland by visiting the Auckland Transport website.
Consider taking more trips by public transport - find out more on the Auckland Transport website.