The Wellington Region has a world-class integrated public transport network.
We are focussed on becoming a smarter, cleaner region by encouraging more people to travel by bus, train and ferry, especially at peak times.
For the last decade, we have made large catch-up investments to improve rail services. Our attention is now on the transformation of bus services, while consolidating rail services and improving customer service across the network.
Ageing rail network infrastructure remains an issue, particularly for the Wairarapa line. We also expect more frequent and severe weather events and are planning infrastructure improvements to mitigate the effects of weather events on coastal and low lying parts of the public transport network.
Per capita we have the highest number of public transport users in the country. As our population ages and more commuters
commuters choose sustainable transport options, we anticipate that the use of public transport will increase. At the same time, the needs and expectations of customers are changing. The emergence of new technologies presents both challenges and opportunities for public transport. New, lower cost modes of travel are emerging, along with a digital transit market place, giving customers more travel options. Completion of major roading projects will also provide improved options for car travel within the next 10 years. To retain and grow patronage, public transport will need to compete effectively against both existing and new modes of travel.
To remain the preferred choice of travel for people, particularly at peak times, we must deliver faster, affordable, more frequent and reliable services, while at the same time balancing demands for increased levels of service against affordability for ratepayers.