A project to develop New Zealand Public Transport Design Guidelines is underway at the NZ Transport Agency.
The Guidelines are being developed by the Transport Agency collaboratively with an industry Reference Group which includes members from a representative body of public transport operators and a range of councils (regional, local, Auckland Transport). These members are from all over New Zealand, reflecting a range of contexts and perspectives.
The NZ Public Transport Design Guidelines are intended to support regional and local councils in delivering high-quality, user-centric public transport by providing a ‘one-stop-shop’ of best-practice guidance, specifically suited to New Zealand’s regulatory and operating environment. Wherever possible tiered guidance will be used to offer appropriate solutions.
The design principles of the Guidelines are to be: accessible, safe, affordable, operationally efficient, support mode shift and positive urban design. The Guidelines’ objectives are:
The first phase of guideline development is focused on infrastructure development. Topics prioritised by Reference Group members for inclusion are described in the table below. Note that the scope of each topic will be refined during topic development and the ‘possible elements to include’ identified below are only indicative at this stage.
Other potential topics (e.g. network planning, maintenance and asset management, management and operational elements, etc) are currently considered outside scope for this project. While some of these topics are covered, to some degree, by other projects (e.g. the Requirement for Urban Buses), others may be appropriate to consider in a subsequent project phase once the highest priority topics are completed.