Regional councils, including unitary authorities, play an important role in planning and funding land transport in their areas. They approve regional land transport programmes (put forward by regional transport committees) that set out regional objectives and priorities and those activities proposed by councils in the region and the activities we propose for state highways.
The programmes must set out how it has taken account of the Government Policy Statement on Land Transport for the period the programme covers.(external link) They also plan for and submit for inclusion in regional land transport programmes, public transport activities to be delivered in their region.
As required by the Land Transport Management Act 2003 (LTMA), regional councils and unitary authorities establish and appoint members of regional transport committees. The LTMA also requires regional councils and unitary authorities to:
These committees prepare regional land transport programmes and provide advice as requested by the regional council. For regional council’s the committee members must include:
Where the regional council that is a unitary authority the committee members must include
Auckland Council is a unitary council; it has established Auckland Transport(external link) as a council controlled organisation. Auckland Transport is unique in that it represents all transport functions of the city under one organisation; its main tasks are: