Regional Public Transport Plan
The Wellington Regional Public Transport Plan sets the long-term direction for public transport in the region. It is our blueprint for an easier-to-use and more sustainable public transport network.
Wellington has a highly effective public transport system with high levels of patronage and customer satisfaction. The Regional Public Transport Plan builds on that strong base to develop an even better public transport network for the region.
The Plan includes significant initiatives that will improve the region’s public transport over the next six to eight years, including:
Greater Wellington Regional Council adopted Variation 1 to the Wellington Regional Public Transport Plan on 24 February 2016.
Variation 1 makes minor changes to the Regional Public Transport Plan to ensure consistency with the Council’s procurement approach for bus services. Variation 1 to the Regional Public Transport Plan is defined as a ‘not significant’ variation under the Land Transport Management Act 2003.
Greater Wellington Regional Council adopted Variation 2 to the Wellington Regional Public Transport Plan (Variation 2 to the Regional Public Transport Plan) on 28 September 2016.
Variation 2 to the Regional Public Transport Plan enables the trial of a cross-regional bus service between Levin and Waikanae. Variation 2 to the Regional Public Transport Plan is defined as a 'not significant' variation under the Land Transport Act 2003.
Greater Wellington Regional Council adopted Variation 3 to the Regional Public Transport Plan on 31 October 2017.
Variation 3 enables the introduction of a new concessions policy, and a new policy to encourage off-peak travel, greater use of public transport and greater use of electronic ticketing. A proposed fare schedule incorporating a 3% fare increase and setting out the standard Metlink Fares to come into effect in July 2018. A series of fare initiatives (free bus transfers, 25% off-peak discount, 25% tertiary discount, 25% blind/disabled discount, standard 50% discount for school children, standard 25% premium for all cash fares, free bus connections to trains when using a rail monthly pass, Porirua zone boundary change, changes to ferry fares, Metlink Explorer day pass, discontinue school term passes, discontinue 30-day bus passes, discontinue return rail event tickets, allocate Ngauranga Station to zone 3).