What you need to know
Auckland, home to 1.7 million people, is New Zealand’s largest and fastest growing urban centre, and over the next 30 years a million more people will call Auckland home. Growth brings opportunities but we need to do things differently to what has been done in the past.
In 2015, the Government and Auckland Council joined up to address these challenges and ensure the opportunities of a growing and diverse city are maximised. This strategic approach to transport was agreed through the Auckland Transport Alignment Project (ATAP). ATAP will ensure Auckland has a transport system that encourages more people to use public transport, to walk and to cycle, addresses congestion, increases accessibility, reduces negative impacts on the environment and sees a reduction in deaths and serious injuries on our roads.
The ATAP includes a cross-agency partnership including the Ministry of Transport, Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency, KiwiRail, the Treasury, Auckland Council, Auckland Transport and State Services Commission.
Since 2015, the partnership has delivered a series of strategic reports and develops an indicative package of transport investments for Auckland (the ATAP package) every three years. This package informs statutory processes including the National Land Transport Programme and Auckland’s Regional Land Transport Plan.
In March 2021, the 2021-2031investment package was announced.
The work to date
2021-2031 Investment package announced
On 12 March the Minister of Transport, Michael Wood and Auckland Mayor Phil Goff released the ATAP 2021-2031 programme that invests around $31.4 billion into critical transport infrastructure and services around Auckland. It focuses on encouraging the shift from private cars to public transport, walking and cycling and addressing Auckland’s longer-term challenges of climate change and housing development.
Better Travel Choices report released
The ATAP cross-agency project team developed Better Travel Choices, a plan to help enable a “mode shift” from private vehicles to walking, cycling and public transport over the next five years.
ATAP package updated to reflect shared transport priorities
The ATAP indicative package for 2018-2028 period was updated to reflect the Government’s and Auckland Council’s shared transport priorities. Around $28 billion of transport funding was likely to be available for investment in Auckland over the next decade.
ATAP package updated to take in population forecasts and cost estimates
The ATAP cross-agencies updated and agreed to the indicative package to reflect higher population growth projections and updated revenue and expenditure expenses.
Recommended strategic approach released
The strategic approach report built on the foundation and interim reports. It set out an agreed strategic approach for the development of Auckland’s transport system over the next 30 years, including an indicative $24 billion investment package for 2018-2028.
Interim ATAP report released
The interim report is the second of three reports that make up the Auckland Transport Alignment Project.
Foundation report released outlining Auckland’s current and future transport challenges
The foundation report is the first of three project deliverables.
Agreement reached between the Government and Auckland Council on how to work together
On 27 August 2015, the Minister of Finance, the Minister of Transport, the Mayor of Auckland and an Auckland Councillor signed the ATAP Terms of Reference. This set out a structure under which officials would work together to undertake the project.