Light rail is much more than a transport project. It’s a step towards a better future for Auckland.


The Government has announced that it is investing in the vision to build a high-capacity, linked-up rapid transit network across the city. One that improves existing neighbourhoods, brings us closer to work and school, and enables new housing within the city. It’s a vision that also reduces sprawl, emissions and our dependency on cars.

It will start with light rail from the City Centre to Māngere, an area that will be home to 17% of Auckland’s future population growth and 33% of job growth over the next 30 years. This will be the first leg of a system that will connect to the North Shore and North-West in time.

Cabinet have endorsed tunnelled light rail for the City Centre to Māngere corridor. Considering the various options and trade-offs, tunnelled light rail holds:

  • the optimal opportunity for high-capacity future-proofed transport that improves travel time and reliability;
  • enables a more flexible alignment and unlocks significant urban benefit within the corridor;
  • sets the stage for future network integration – including a new harbour crossing and light rail to the North Shore;
  • and avoids overwhelming Queen Street and minimises the extent of construction disruption.

Find out more about tunnelled light rail and what’s next.

Come and see us this weekend!

Got a burning question about light rail? Keen to learn more about the project?

Come and see us for kōrero and free kai this Sunday 14 August from 8am - 12pm at the Māngere Bridge Markets, Coronation Road. We'll be there to talk everything light rail and would love to meet you.


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.

The case for light rail

The Ministry of Transport, Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency, Auckland Council, Auckland Transport, Kāinga Ora and Mana Whenua have been looking at how light rail can work best for the city, with the priority delivering light rail between the city centre and Māngere.

Tasked with delivering an Indicative Business Case (IBC), the technical assessment work identified that light rail is the ideal form of transport to pursue. The IBC included a short list of options and recommendations about delivery entity, cost and funding enabling the Government to make a decision about the route, mode and delivery entity. You can read the business case here.

Engagement with Aucklanders has been critical to the process. Over July and August 2021 we connected with Aucklanders to get their views and included this in a summary issued to Government alongside the IBC.

You might also find our FAQs page useful and if you can’t find the answer you are looking for, please contact the team.

Read the Government announcement here.

What we’ve heard from Aucklanders

As part of our community and stakeholder engagement we attended 14 events in communities along the City Centre to Māngere corridor proposed for light rail. This enabled us to share our future vision for the project, have conversations with Aucklanders and answer questions. 

This video captures some of the main themes and topics that people shared. See more event videos or find out more about the feedback we received. Thanks again Auckland for sharing your views, aspirations and concerns with us!



Our latest resources include fact sheets and maps, and the Indicative Business Case and appendices. You can also find technical notes summarising investigations into two modes: trackless trams and heavy rail, which we get lots of questions about. Find our resources here



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.