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Increased PT use

Increased PT use

Updated 15 January 2021 11:57am

Target: Annual public transport boardings per capita increases to at least 76 boardings.

Annual public transport boardings per capita and RLTP target (orange marker)


Source: Metlink, GWRC

The figure above presents the annual number of public transport trips per capita taken by train, bus and ferry. It is calculated using annual public transport patronage and regional population.
In 2019/2020, because of the impact of COVID-19 on patronage we have estimated an annual result based on the boardings for eight months to February 2020. The estimated annual result is 73.5 public boardings per capita which represents an overall improvement in the last five years (according to the black dotted line which is the five year trend).
The red dotted line illustrates the gradual progression to the RLTP target of 76 boardings per capita by 2025.

Target: Public transport mode share of journey to work trips increases to at least 17.8%.

Public transport mode share of journeys to work (census data) and RLTP target

Source: Statistics New Zealand

shows the results from Nitrogen dioxide monitoring sites, the level is calculated using a five year average. The data are obtained from the NZTA’s network of air quality monitoring sites16 which cover state highways and local roads. The NO2 data is measured using passive samplers17 at chosen sites in all areas around the region
15 Carbon dioxide emission levels have been calculated from fuel consumption data using production rates from the Ministry of Economic development greenhouse gas emissions report (2010). The factors are 2.31 Kg/L of CO2 per litre of petrol and 2.64 kg/L for diesel.
16 Passive diffusion tubes
17 NZTA Ambient Air Quality (Nitrogen Dioxide) Monitoring Programme – Operating Manual 2013/14: Passive sampling techniques are ‘screening’ methods and are useful for spatial and temporal assessments. However, any elevated NO2 concentrations identified by passive sampling techniques are only
2014/15 Annual Monitoring Report on the Regional Land Transport Plan
except the Wairarapa. There are only two years of data for this measure so it is too early to determine any trend. In the future it is likely that the downward impact on fuel consumption from vehicle fleet efficiency improvements, including improvements to the bus fleet, will outweigh the impact on fuel consumption of population growth (generating additional vehicle trips) and any per capita increase in private car and freight VKT that might occur, resulting in a steady reduction in per capita CO2 emissions and a similar reduction in absolute annual transport-generated CO2 emissions. The rate of reduction, however, will depend on several factors including growth in car VKT, modal shift from car to public transport, government policies and external factors such as the price of fuel. One of the aims of this of this RLTP objective is to improve the reporting and monitoring framework to include the monitoring of pollutants CO, PM10 and PM25. Research is underway to develop a new improved indicator for future RLTP reporting.

Mode share for public transport trips in 2018 was 19.6%. Travel-to-work mode share for 2013 and 2018 census results for bus increased from 9.5% to 10.2% and for rail from 7.8% to 9.4%. There was significant growth in commuter rail trips over the five years to 2018 (passenger boardings up by 16% according to the Census).

The mode share result is also above the RLTP target of at least 17.8% mode share by 2025.

Target: Public transport mode share of trips crossing Wellington CBD cordon (AM peak) increases to at least 34.7%.

Source: GWRC Wellington CBD cordon survey 2019
The figure above shows the mode share of public transport trips crossing the Wellington City CBD cordon during peak hour. Public transport mode share is calculated using the data from the cordon surveys.
In 2019 the mode share for public transport is 34% which is just below the 2025 RLTP target. Other mode use (data trends) show car use increased and active modes have decreased in 2019.
Public Transport use has increased over the last 10 years, especially in rail, the rail infrastructure improvements have helped to make public transport more reliable and attractive, leading to increased rail patronage.
Note: Due to Covid-19, the 2020 Cordon survey results were unreliable and therefore won't be published. The 2019 survey results are the most recent results available.