This is draft guidance, and we welcome your feedback

The New Zealand Public Transport Design Guidance (PTDG) support regional and local councils to deliver high-quality, user-centric public transport. It provides a ‘one-stop-shop’ of best-practice guidance, specifically suited to New Zealand’s regulatory and operating environment.

The design principles of the guidelines are to be:

  • accessible
  • safe
  • affordable
  • operationally efficient
  • and to support mode shift and positive urban design.

Guidance development

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency developed the guidance collaboratively with an industry reference group, which includes members from a representative body of public transport operators and a range of councils (regional, local, Auckland Transport). These members are from across New Zealand, reflecting a range of contexts and perspectives.

The guidance currently focuses on infrastructure, currently available here:

Public transport design guidance

If you would like to be added to the PTDG mailing list so that we can let you know when new guidance is released please email ‘subscribe’ to

All topics are released in draft form while we seek your feedback. Following this they’ll be refined and then it’s expected that they will be finalised and ratified.

We welcome your feedback on the current suite of guidance, and ideas for how our PTDG programme might help you deliver better public transport in the future.

You can take our short survey here:

Public transport design guidance survey(external link)

or email us your feedback on the guidance to: 

More information about sending feedback

Related guidance

Public transport research

Waka Kotahi invests in innovative and relevant research, which plays a critical role in contributing to the government's goals for land transport.

The summary below provides an overview of research we have commissioned relevant to public transport. Click on a topic to view the reports.

View the entire list of public transport related research projects [PDF, 883 KB]