Why are we looking at light rail as an option?

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. This 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.

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.
Artist's impression of Māngere Town Centre.

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