Regional Long Term Plan Consultation Considerations for Auckland Transport

To be considered and later actioned – dependent on Council Governing Body

Next week the Auckland Transport Board holds its monthly meeting. One of the larger considerations on the Agenda papers (open and closed) is the Regional Land Transport Plan and what submitters were looking for. The RLTP paper that is to be presented to the Auckland Transport Board is embedded at the bottom of the post.

The Board in regards to the Regional Land Transport Plan (RLTP) are asked adopt the following Recommendations:

That the Regional Transport Committee:
i. Notes that the consultation on the draft Regional Land Transport Plan and Long Term Plan resulted in a significant level of public engagement on transport issues

ii. Notes that key themes coming through in consultation are that submitters:
(a) want better public transport, but it has to be convenient, reliable and quicker;
(b) want to walk and cycle but it has to be safe;
(c) want funding to be reallocated towards public transport, walking and cycling at the expense of other modes;
(d) want better transport but have mixed views on how to raise the additional investment required.

iii. Recommends to the Auckland Transport Board and the New Zealand Transport Agency Board that the recommendations in this report are reflected in revisions of capital and operating programmes during the period of the Regional Land Transport Plan

iv. Agrees that the following changes be made to the Regional Land Transport Plan to respond to public comments:
(a) Add new sections discussing how Maori outcomes and Local Board projects and priorities are reflected in the transport
programme;
(b) Strengthen the section on inter-regional significance by including a table discussing the importance of the various links and activities;
(c) Subject to a successful conclusion of the feasibility study, operational funding for the investigation of Light Rail as a specific project;
(d) Improve the information in the Regional Land Transport Plan regarding infrastructure required for growth projects, developer
contributions and the funding of growth projects; and
(e) Include a section discussing environmental issues.

v. Recommends to the Chief Executives of Auckland Transport and the New Zealand Transport Agency that the operational issues raised by submitters are passed on to appropriate staff within the organisation

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So from that alone I can conclude Auckland as a whole is calling for more investment in Public and Active Transport modes, less (in relative terms) on roads including that Reeves Road Flyover, and stronger inter-regional links which I have mentioned before in wider context here: BOYS, Let’s Talk Housing – Says Deputy Mayor Hulse

Some key points that have come about that were common in public submissions and stakeholder feedback:

Some key themes that came through during the Transport Event included:
 many submitters and Local Boards supported active modes (particularly cycling) and public transport initiatives over further road development;
 Local Boards are concerned that Local Board Plans are not sufficiently reflected in the draft RLTP. There is a desire to increase Local Board funding for transport initiatives from $10 million to $20 million per annum;
 the draft RLTP is considered by some to be city centre centric and does not cover concerns of outlying areas;
 better integration is required between land-use and transport projects;
 there needs to be a balance between fixing legacy problems and giving consideration to future issues (particularly around growth);
 ensuring travel times are maintained (or improved) for freight; and
 Renewals need to be kept up to date. This could also provide opportunities for Local Boards to add value with associated improvements.

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In further fleshing out the above:

Proposed changes to the RLTP document

Attachment 1 summarises the submissions received on transport issues through the RLTP and LTP consultation, and the extent to which these
suggest a requirement for changes to the RLTP. The proposed changes to the document are as follows:
 Add a new section discussing how Maori outcomes are reflected in the transport programme
– A theme coming through from iwi was around the need for AT to recognise Te Ao Maori and ensure that Maori values are reflected in the prioritisation system.

 Add a new section discussing how Local Board projects and priorities are reflected in the transport programme
– Local Boards made the comment that the draft RLTP did not reflect The priorities and projects in Local Board Plans.

 Strengthen the section on inter-regional significance by including a table discussing the importance of the various links and activities
– These links are considered particularly important by neighbouring local and regional authorities, and most freight and port representatives.

 Subject to a successful conclusion of the feasibility study, operational funding for the investigation of Light Rail Transit should be incorporated into the RLTP
– Strong support came through for investigation to use of Light Rail as a response to increasing congestion in the centre part of the City. It is proposed that a specific operating project be added to cover the cost of this investigation. These costs can be met from within the LTP budgets.

 Improve the information in the RLTP regarding infrastructure required for growth projects, developer contributions and the funding of growth project
– A theme of concern was expressed that developers were not meeting the costs of infrastructure required to service their
developments.
 Include a section on environmental issues – a number of points were raised relating to noise and air pollution, increased promotion of active modes and electric vehicles, and also the impact of a motorway tax on pollution.

Submitters also raised a number of operational issues, and it is recommended that these be passed on to the Chief Executives of AT and the Transport Agency to consider.

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All things to consider as the Governing Body considers the Long Term Plan next month, and Auckland Transport considering the Regional Land Transport Program over the next two months

The RLTP Paper