Final week for feedback on central bus changes
12 April 2011
Bus passengers are encouraged to give feedback on proposed changes to services in the CBD and inner suburbs before the end of this week.
The proposed changes are part of a range of improvements for buses in the Auckland CBD and surrounding suburbs aimed at making them quicker and easier to use.
Full details and a feedback form are available at www.maxx.co.nz/centralchanges . Auckland Transport has also updated the page with answers to some common questions raised. Consultation closes on Friday 15 April 2011.
Among the changes proposed are highlighting the high frequency of buses going to the universities area for a low fare.
Auckland Transport is proposing to move the Mt Eden Rd b line service, which leaves every 10 minutes, to the front of Britomart for journeys to the universities area. The very low inner city fare, currently 50 cents, would be charged. For trips to the universities area this would provide the same journey as the City Circuit, which is proposed to be replaced with a five minute Inner City Service along Queen Street.
There are also plans to better promote services that leave at least every five minutes from the Britomart area to Auckland and AUT universities. This could include improvements to electronic real time passenger information.
Changes to the LINK route may also impact university students and staff. This would see the route moved from Victoria and Queen streets to run direct to the universities area along Wellesley St.
The changes would improve the reliability of the LINK by avoiding areas of high congestion.
The improvements to make buses quicker and easier to use are expected to increase patronage in the area by about 10 per cent.
Other proposed improvements include:
New Outer Loop service – Similar to the LINK, this 15 minute frequency service would connect suburbs surrounding the CBD. This would provide many more connections for people going between Parnell, Newmarket, Mt Eden, Dominion Rd, St Lukes,Unitec, Pt Chevalier, Herne Bay, College Hill and Wynyard Quarter. It will replace the LINK for journeys between Ponsonby, Britomart, Parnell and Newmarket.
New inner city service – Running every five minutes 7am to 7pm and every 10 minutes at other times. This service would link Karangahape Rd with Britomart via Queen Street with every alternate trip servicing Wynyard Quarter. This service would replace the City Circuit.
Better connections to Wynyard Quarter – The 010 bus, which comes from Ponsonby, Grey Lynn, Western Springs and Pt Chevalier, would be extended to Wynyard Quarter. The area would also be well served by both the frequent inner city service and the Outer Loop.
New Western Bays routes – Areas not covered by the new Outer Loop (Freemans Bay, Richmond Rd, Westmere and the tip of Pt Chevalier) would be served by two new routes. To speed up trips they would run from Britomart via Albert St instead of Queen St.
High quality new buses - Introducing new high quality buses, similar to the LINK, on the new inner city and outer loop services. They will exceed Euro 5 emission standards, be wheelchair-accessible, air conditioned, and have more seated passenger capacity. Auckland Transport and NZ Bus are also investigating options for introducing the latest technology hybrid-electric buses to the Auckland CBD.