BRT for Wellington

BRT has been named as the best solution for a public transport spine through the city

BRT for Wellington

Wellington will soon see a Bus Rapid Transit system through the city centre, as the Wellington Regional Transport Committee decided this week BRT is the best solution for a high quality public transport spine through the city.

The spine will run on a dedicated corridor along the Golden Mile to Wellington Hospital, and another branch will run through the future duplicated Mt Victoria tunnel.

BRT will be a progressive move from better Bus Priority – more bus lanes and more traffic signals giving buses right of way – over the next eight years.

BRT vehicles will be introduced as operators renew their fleets and improved interchanges will be developed at Wellington Station, Wellington Hospital and Kilbirnie.

Committee Chair Fran Wilde says work can now begin on a first class, modern, bus system for the city.

"Wellington City is the daily destination for many thousands of commuters and others going to the hospital and the airport," she says.

"BRT will move them rapidly though the Golden mile, as well as enabling residents in the growth areas of the southern and eastern suburbs to commute more directly and quickly."

She says the spine will be a crucial part of the region’s integrated public transport network, along with other major improvements such as the metro rail upgrade and integrated fares and ticketing.

Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown says modern, progressive cities expect good public transport.

"Progressing Bus Priority to Bus Rapid Transit through Wellington’s central city will boost capacity, reduce congestion and increase the use of public transport," she says.

"By improving capacity, reducing "bus-jams" along the Golden Mile, and making the public transport system more reliable, we’re making the best choice for Wellington for now and keeping options open for the longer-term."

A joint Wellington City and Regional Council and New Zealand Transport Agency project team will work over the next year or two on the detailed planning and design of the spine.

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