Public transport use is up, with Gulf Harbour ferry services patronage jumping 115 per cent.
And more is being invested in Auckland’s network.
Northern express bus service use has risen 17.2 per cent and other bus services 6.6 per cent during the past year.
Rail patronage has climbed 21.7 per cent, Auckland mayor Len Brown saying that means the patronage target set by the government for funding the City Rail Link (CRL) will be achieved three years ahead of schedule.
Auckland’s strong growth in public transport figures for June, just released by Auckland Transport, indicates the Government’s target of 20 million passenger rail trips annually will be reached in 2017, he says.
The latest survey shows 78,106 people coming into the city in the morning peak. Some 45 per cent used public transport while 41 per cent drove.
“These are extraordinary numbers and dispel the myth you can’t get Aucklanders out of their cars,” Brown says.
He says it emphasises the urgency to get on with the CRL before train service capacity is reached by 2016.
Meanwhile, a $4.2 billion partnership in Auckland transport over the next three years has been announced by the NZ Transport Agency.
That includes $1.75b for public transport, $960m for state highways and $91m for cycling and walking.
About $48m is earmarked for the Puhoi to Warkworth motorway.