To achieve the Government’s strategic priorities for the land transport system, the Transport Agency is guided by the three themes in GPS 2018 which set out how the Government intends the priorities will be delivered.
The Transport Agency will be working with others to:
- apply a mode neutral approach to transport system investment
- use technology and innovation to achieve improved performance
- integrate land use and transport planning and delivery activities.
From the Transport Agency’s investment perspective, key strategic shifts are:
- a step-change in reducing deaths and serious injuries
- an increased focus on environmental outcomes and greater parity across economic, social and environmental outcomes
- a proactive modal shift in urban areas from roads to public transport and active modes, with a particular focus on rapid transit
- a new emphasis on the role of transport infrastructure in ‘urban place-making’, to support liveable cities
- a substantial increase in local and regional investment – through local road improvements, safety improvements, inter-regional passenger and freight connections, and resilience (including climate change adaptation)
- increased investment in optimising the efficiency of the system across modes, eg through integrated urban and transport planning, travel demand management and new technologies
- a reduced emphasis on state highway improvements, while keeping maintenance and resilience treatments at an optimal level.
The Transport Agency developed a new Investment Assessment Framework (IAF) to give effect to the Government’s transport priorities, and to provide guidance to our co-investment partners on how investment proposals will be prioritised. It responded to the changes in GPS 2018, such as the revised priorities, objectives and results, and changes to funding ranges. The IAF is part of the Transport Agency’s investment decision-making system, and is used to assess and prioritise NLTF funding for projects and programmes proposed for inclusion in the NLTP.