At this stage, several modes of light rail are being looked at by the project team - including modern trams and light metro. Modern trams travel on tracks on city streets. Light metro is fully separated from other traffic. Both can be above or below ground and could involve a combination of these along a route.
Travel on tracks on existing streets
Travels on tracks separated from other vehicles
Separate from traffic with its own lanes
Could be elevated, underground or on the street
Have priority over cars at intersections and stops
More reliable because it is on its own route, free from traffic delays
More stops along the route
Stations are less frequent and more of a destination, located in town centres
Stops are at street level for passengers to get on and off
Stations are underground, or can be elevated
Drivers are required
Drivers may not be required as the system is automatic
Please note: as part of the business case we are investigating all potential routes and alternatives to ensure the best outcome for Auckland.