We need to move more people with fewer vehicles in Wellington, especially at peak travel times. Giving priority to buses on key routes helps to move more people around the city and make it more attractive than driving by car.
We’ve developed a draft bus priority action plan to make buses more reliable and quicker on the busiest routes in Wellington city. It will also look at how walking and cycling can be made safer and easier on these routes, and opportunities to make the streets better places for people.
Wellington City Council and Greater Wellington Regional Council commissioned the draft plan and councillors from both councils approved the plan at their meetings on 11 and 12 December 2019.
The draft plan highlights priorities for early improvements, based on passenger volumes, the size of the problems, and the expected benefits for the cost incurred. If approved by councillors, improvements will start early in 2020 and will mean more bus lanes, changes to bus stops and changes to clogged-up intersections on priority routes.
The draft plan estimates that an investment of between $90 million and $143 million across key bus routes will mean buses travel up to nine minutes (or 27%) faster in the morning peak.
There’s a range of measures we can use to make buses more reliable, including:
- transit lanes
- timing changes at traffic lights (so buses go first)
- in-lane bus stops ( (the bus stops in the traffic lane to pick up/drop off passengers, rather than pulling off to the side)
- adjustments to car parks
- the spacing and quantity of bus stops
Some of the straightforward improvements are already underway, including making it easier for buses to pull in and out of bus stops by trimming trees and changing road markings. More significant changes - such as alterations to intersections, bus lanes and bus stops - will take a little longer to get started because we want to hear from the public on many of these proposals before making changes.