Media release: 5 April 2012
Eastern suburbs residents are invited to see plans for a new busway in the Pakuranga to Botany area at a public information day on Saturday 14 April.
The urban busway is one of the key Auckland Manukau Eastern Transport Initiative (AMETI) projects, aimed at dealing with congestion in the south east of Auckland.
Low numbers use public transport in the area because buses get caught in the same congestion as other vehicles. The busway would cut journey times by public transport significantly and help ease congestion.
When : 10am to 2pm on Saturday 14 April
Where : Te Tuhi Centre for Arts, 13 Reeves Rd, Pakuranga
The public information day will show the preferred alignment for the busway and likely timing for its construction. It will also include updates on construction work underway on the AMETI project in Panmure.
About the AMETI transport projects
The Auckland Manukau Eastern Transport Initiative (AMETI) is a group of transport projects for the southeast (Panmure, Mt Wellington, Pakuranga, Howick and Botany).
The aim is to give people living in the area transport choices by improving public transport, walking and cycling facilities and reducing traffic congestion. Other major aims are to unlock the economic potential of the area, improve transport for freight and business traffic and to promote good urban design.
The AMETI area has some of the highest traffic flows, highest proportions of freight traffic and greatest levels of congestion, anywhere in the country. At the same time it has some of the worst conditions for walking and cycling and bus services caught in the congestion with resulting long and unreliable travel times, resulting in some of the lowest proportions of public transport, walking and cycling use in Auckland.
The two bridges across the Tamaki River carry more than 120,000 vehicles a day, more than State Highway One through Victoria Park. They also have more freight traffic than any other corridor in the country.