Metlink's new Accessibility Action Plan takes a step towards an all-inclusive public transport network, with innovative initiatives aimed at breaking down barriers, enhancing accessibility and fostering inclusivity for all passengers.
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Metlink's innovative trial of articulated buses on Wellington's number 2 bus route offers a promising solution to surging commuter demand, while considering infrastructure adaptations and stakeholder consultations for a seamless transition.
According to the study, fluctuating CO2 levels on buses and trains in New Zealand strongly correlated with passenger numbers, highlighting the potential health risks and the need for improved ventilation measures.
Metlink's new fare changes in the Wellington region, starting from 1 September 2023, offer increased accessibility and affordability for children and young adults, promoting sustainable transportation choices.
With over 36,000 trips having been made, Wellington’s on-demand public transport trial in Tawa celebrates its first year, offering customers with flexible and convenient transportation using a mobile app.
Metlink's new etiquette campaign "Ride Like Your Aunty's Watching" encourages passengers to be courteous while travelling and aligns with the network's recruitment and immigration efforts for new drivers.
With more local interest, new immigration pathways and 40 new drivers expected to drive Metlink's services in Wellington City, Porirua, and Hutt Valley, Tranzurban is already halfway to its target of hiring 75 drivers by the end of March 2023.
In addition to easing the cost-of-living pressures for eligible Metlink customers, the half price fares will prepare passengers for the eventual release of the Community Connect scheme, which permanently reduces public transport fares by 50%.
Faced with a seemingly intractable shortage of bus drivers, the regional council - in partnership with its public transport authority and operators - in Greater Wellington, New Zealand, has broken new ground to incentivise careers behind the wheel, writes Greater Wellington's Transport Committee Chair, Councillor Thomas Nash.
An on-demand public transport trial in New Zealand’s capital city was inspired by the community and a local council unafraid to innovate, writes Greater Wellington’s Ben Robinson Drawbridge, as he provides Intelligent Transport with exclusive insight into the project.
In line with its commitment to make its transport services more accessible, the funding will allow Metlink to support public transport infrastructure projects that focus on improving bus, rail and active travel connectivity.
With the National Ticketing Solution expected to be launched in Wellington in 2026, this new payment system will provide Metlink customers with contactless ticketing for the time being.
A new report highlights the health benefits of Greater Wellington’s investment in electric buses, as an increase in the zero-emission vehicles has been associated with a reduction in harmful pollutants in the city.