Planning for a whole-of-journey perspective often involves cross-organisation collaboration. 

One organisation may be providing the public transport service while other organisations are responsible for infrastructure related to different access modes or routes to and from the station. Sometimes planning for the whole journey can involve other organisations to ensure seamless connections to public transport stops, interchanges, and the places that people want to get to and from.

Public sector organisations often collaborate with a range of other organisations to facilitate better connections to and from public transport including:

  • private companies that own and operate shopping malls or precincts
  • education facilities with large campuses, such as schools and tertiary institutes
  • large health services such as hospitals
  • community facilities such as sports grounds and libraries
  • housing/commercial developers. 

The importance of getting to and from the public transport stops is even recognised in the way that public transport is funded. Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency funding activity class WC531: Public Transport Infrastructure and Renewals identifies ‘pedestrian and cycle access to public transport services’ as a qualifying activity for funding as described in the Waka Kotahi Planning and Investment Knowledge Base.

WC 531: Public transport infrastructure improvements and major renewals

The New Zealand National Policy Statement on Urban Development has recently emphasised the importance of increasing the density and mix of land uses around public transport stops, particularly major rapid transport stops and stations. This is intended both to increase housing supply and help address affordability challenges, as well as to provide a larger base of potential public transport users within a short walk of high-quality public transport nodes. 

New Zealand National Policy Statement on Urban Development 2020(external link)

bike and ride parking station at Paraparaumu train station

Cycle parking at Paraparaumu Station (Photo source: James Wratt)