light rail is poised to run from Auckland City Centre to Māngere and is
intended to provide the backbone for future light rail to North and Northwest
Auckland. We covered the light rail project in last month’s edition of
established the Auckland Light Rail Group earlier this year as part of a “fresh
start” – the group has been charged with developing a business case and making
recommendations for Auckland’s light rail. The Auckland Light Rail Group
consists of Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency, the Ministry of Transport,
Auckland Council, Auckland Transport, Kāinga Ora and mana whenua.
Light Rail Group is currently holding community focussed “listening” sessions
until 31 August, to understand what people want and build the project’s
social licence. This engagement period is about finding the solution that gives
the best transport, access, urban development, economic and environmental
outcomes for everyone.
will make a decision about the route, mode and delivery entity later this year.
The question of
mode is relevant as an autonomous rail transit system – or a trackless system –
could be a running candidate instead of the traditional track railway system. A
trackless tram system is a relatively recent Chinese innovation, and considered
a cheaper and faster to build option.
operational lines are only found in a handful of Chinese cities, but autonomous
rail transit systems are already being considered for the 2022 FIFA World Cup
in Qatar and are also being looked into by a number of Australian cities.
transit systems could well serve as the technological disruption needed to
ensure Auckland’s light rail is responsive and future fit.
Join us on 9
September for a virtual event to hear from the Auckland Light Rail Group on how
the Auckland Light Rail project is progressing, what the timelines are, and
what we can expect.
If you have not
already received an invitation to this members only event, please
contact our Event Coordinator, Paige Hallam, at email@example.com.