Investing in high capacity, high quality, rapid transit is critical to developing a modern, connected city which supports improved and new public spaces, homes, shops and community facilities. Connecting to buses, ferries, trains and walking and cycling, means people living along the route don’t have to rely on cars to travel to the places they want to go to.

Light rail offers convenience, reliability, safety and comfort, making it a highly attractive public transport option. Unlike a bus route, rail is permanent and carries a lot more people. Capable of carrying up to 15,000 passengers per hour at peak, which is four times more passengers (depending on mode), than a dedicated busway or trackless trams, light rail is equal to 13 new car lanes or taking 12,000* cars off the road.

Attractive, permanent public transport encourages greater investment along the route because businesses and people want to be close to stops or stations. This enables more people to live in existing communities and can reduce the need for new development on the edges of the city.

Frank Allen, Chairman of Irish Rail talks to Nicole Rosie, Chief Executive of Waka Kotahi about the success of Light Rail in Dublin, revitalising the city and changing people’s attitude towards public transport. Frank was responsible for bringing light rail to Dublin and shares his insights as we embark on our own light rail journey.

Light rail will:

  • Make it easier for Aucklanders to move around the city.
  • Encourage investment in more public spaces, homes, shops and businesses.
  • Reduce reliance on cars to get around.
  • Help reduce our carbon footprint.
  • Help Auckland keep in pace with development.
  • Relieve bus congestion in the city centre.
Artist's impression of Māngere Town Centre.

Please note: as part of the indicative business case we investigated all potential routes and alternatives to ensure the best outcome for Auckland.

(*average of 1.2 people per car)