Two keys projects linked to the upgrade of bus and rail services in Auckland south have received $1.6m in funding from the NZ Transport Agency
The Transport Agency will fund $780,000 for the design of a bus station at the Manukau transport interchange, and $831,000 for the design of the bus/rail interchange at Otahuhu.
The funding represents a 50% share of the design costs for both projects, which are being led by Auckland Transport as part of its comprehensive programme to improve public transport services across the city.
The Regional Manager for the Transport Agency’s Planning and Investment Group, Peter Casey, says providing people with more frequent public transport services was a key factor behind the funding decision.
“The development of Auckland Transport’s new interchanges at Manukau and Otahuhu will promote greater use of buses and trains,” Mr Casey says.
Auckland Transport’s Chief Development Officer, Claire Stewart, welcomes the funding.
“These two interchanges are an integral part of Auckland Transport’s on-going upgrade of transport infrastructure in the south. We want to provide facilities which will improve the experience for our customers,” she says.
Mr Casey says the Transport Agency provides funds for several of Auckland’s big public transport projects including the electrification of the rail network, the roll-out of the one ticket electronic HOP card, and the development of AMETI (Auckland Manukau Eastern Transport Initiative) to improve travel for both drivers and people who use buses and trains.
It would be good to see what the final designs are that have been approved.
It’s also interesting that the NZTA are the ones making these announcements. The cynic in me wonders if three are softening us up for a big roads announcement.