A Universal Brand
Auckland Transport are simplifying things as we start heading into the new public transport regime from mid next year.
From Auckland Transport with more on Tuesday:
Auckland Transport is about to give the city’s public transport network a fresh, clear, consistent brand.
Over the next three years the branding will be phased in starting with the LINK services and the Northern Express.
Auckland Transport’s General Manager Marketing and Customer Experience Mike Loftus says a single identity will give Aucklanders and visitors a clearer understanding of what public transport is on offer and which areas specific buses, trains and ferries serve.
“Most metropolitan cities have a single brand network that is easy to recognise and enables clear, consistent communication with customers. Currently in Auckland there is no single identity, we have a variety of brands and looks. Customers relate to buses by the operator name rather than the wider public transport network”.
Auckland Transport’s Group Manager Public Transport Mark Lambert says having a single public transport network will ultimately build public confidence in the developing and improving PT system. “Knowing that all the services are integrated and part of the same system will help grow patronage”.
The branding will mean common livery across public transport vehicles but differentiated by colour depending on the type of service.
The implementation of the livery is already underway and budgeted for on the electric trains.
Costs for the bus fleet will be kept to a minimum through:
- Retention of ocean blue for Rapid Network services (Northern Express is already this colour).
- Retention of red, green, orange and light blue for existing targeted services of the City LINK, Inner LINK, Outer LINK and Airbus.
- The rest of the bus fleet to be transitioned as part of new contracts and costs incurred through new contract rates.
Mr Lambert says Auckland’s bus operators are aware of the changes and are working with Auckland Transport.
The Auckland Plan looks to double public transport trips from 70 million in 2012 to 140 million in 2022. The Auckland Plan’s priorities for Auckland’s transport system include “a single system transport network approach that manages current congestion problems and accommodates future business population growth to encourage a shift toward public transport.”
The new branding will be unveiled next Tuesday 16 December.
Now then if we can just get those interchanges and, park and rides built so people could use this new network more…