Increased PT Accessibility For All
Population living within close proximity to core public transport services
Population living within close proximity to any public transport services
Source: Statistics New Zealand, GWRC
The second accessibility indicator is shown in the figure above. The 2018 census data reveals that 92% of the population are in close proximity to bus and train services. The proportion of the population in close proximity to public transport has improved since 2013, mainly due to the changes to the bus network in 2018.
RLTP Target: Population living within 500m of any bus stop or 1km of a rail station improves towards at least 92%.
A public transport network should be accessible to all users. The key elements to accessibility are the provision of information, facilities, infrastructure and services. An example of this is the new Metlink website. The website provides timetabling for 100 bus services, 200 school bus services, 4 train lines and the harbour ferry. The website offers a wide range of functionality including real time information on PT services, journey planners and provides delay and service updates to subscribers via text, twitter and email.
There are a number of examples of improvements to infrastructure and facilities for public transport completed in the 2019/20 year, please see the Annual Monitoring report on the RLTP.