Integrated public transport and urban form guide (in development)

We’re in the process of developing an integrated public transport and urban form design guide that will help us plan better places and connections to public transport in our towns and cities.

We will be running a pilot to seek feedback on the draft guide before we release the final guide later in the year.

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About the guide

Linking public transport and urban form

We need to transform the way that public transport is used in our towns and cities to achieve better outcomes for the people and communities that live in them.

The guide will provide a framework to look at new ways at developing the land transport system with our communities. Specifically, it will provide a ‘toolbox’ for how to successfully integrate the public transport system and urban form. The intent is to build on best practice locally and internationally so there is consistency in national guidance, to support local authorities.

Making our towns and cities safer and cleaner

Like the Aotearoa urban street planning and design guide, the integrated public transport and urban form guide will give effect to key national transport plans and strategies such as the Emissions Reduction Plan (ERP) and Road to Zero; and incorporate tools such as the One Network Framework.

The ERP has a target to reduce transport emissions by 41% by 2035. This target includes reducing total amount of distance travelled by light vehicles by 20% by 2035, through initiatives that improve urban form and increase mode choice, particularly in our largest cities.

The integrated public transport and urban form design guide is one of the tactical components of improving urban form that will support lower carbon emissions, provide better travel options, and improve safety. This will support social, environmental and community wellbeing outcomes in our towns and cities.

It also integrates and builds on a growing suite of Waka Kotahi technical guidance on mode shift, safety, urban development, environment, and sustainability.

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