Public transport networks: driven and shaped by rail investment

13 Dec 2023
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Public transport networks: driven and shaped by rail investment

13 Dec 2023
About the speaker
  • Dr Deborah Hume
    Dr Deborah Hume
    National Manager Multimodal Integration at Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency
    Deborah’s role of National Manager Multimodal Integration at Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency sees her lead a team committed to accelerating change towards a low carbon and integrated transport system with more active and shared mode choices in Aotearoa. By working in partnership with others, her team use their expertise in public transport, walking and cycling, mode shift, and rail and freight to tackle step changes in urban mobility and climate change. Deb has previously worked with local government to transform public transport and led Wellington Metro and KiwiRail’s tourism brand, Scenic Journeys, through radical reinvention and improvement.

Key takeaways

The success of the transportation system relies on the integration of various modes, including rail, buses, ferries, walking, cycling, and scooters.

The focus on improving the railway network is crucial for ensuring reliable services, which leads to passenger satisfaction and increased ridership.

Rail is recognized as a relatively decarbonized mode of public transport, especially with electric networks in Wellington and Auckland.