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What you need to know

Our research explored the long-term future of public transport in New Zealand’s cities, in a world where transport technologies and services are rapidly changing. This work and the discussion it provoked has helped to inform transport planning.

In 2015 public transport was primarily planned by local authorities, subsidised by local and central government, and based on large physical infrastructure. In 2045 our urban transport systems could be very different. As our cities grow and new transport technologies and services open up, so do new opportunities and risks. How we plan and use public transport must evolve so we can make our cities better places to live, while making mobility cheaper, safer, more accessible and better for our environment.

We started work on this project at the end of 2015 and interviewed public transport experts in the second half of 2016. Further work was delayed by the 2016 Kaikōura earthquakes so our working paper was not released until the end 2018 when we presented our findings at the 2018 Transport Knowledge Conference.

The work to date

Nov 2018

Research presented at Transport Knowledge Conference

After the paper was released, we gave a keynote presentation at the 2018 Transport Knowledge Conference in Wellington.

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Nov 2018

Working paper released

Our working paper, Public transport 2045, was intended to provoke dialogue, and to challenge the assumptions that public transport in 2045 would be only slightly different from 2015 — or alternatively, that it would look completely different in every way.

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Jan 2015–Jun 2016

Public transport experts interviewed

To develop a clearer picture of how people currently think about the future of public transport in New Zealand, we interviewed 50 public transport experts and stakeholders from New Zealand and further afield.

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