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Bus priority areas and changes to bus stops

We want to improve bus travel times by installing bus priority measures at two key locations.

The Ōtūmoetai Peninsula is connected to the City Centre via Chapel Street along Cameron Road to Brown Street, and Waihi Road from Birch Avenue along Eleventh Avenue to Cameron Road.

These two locations will be what are known as multimodal areas. A multimodal area is a road or space that supports the use of a number of different transportation modes such as cars, buses, pedestrians, and cyclists. In these areas, we need to consider what the best options are to suit all transport modes. This could be creating a safe cycleway for cyclists, improving crossing points for pedestrians, and providing bus lanes while making sure vehicles can still easily use the road.

In lane bus stops

Make it easier for buses to use the stops and help reduce bus delays

In lane bus stops

Bus ‘jumps’ / priority lights

Changes to signals at intersections to let buses go before general traffic

Priority lights

Bus lanes

Traffic lanes for use by buses only

Bus lane

Transit (T2/T3) lanes

Traffic lanes for vehicles with more than one person, including buses

T3 lane

Multimodal areas map

Multimodal areas map

Multimodal areas map (135kb pdf)

Chapel Street

There are four options for providing bus priority measures in this area.

Option 1 – in lane bus stops

  • adjust bus stops to be in the traffic lane

Bus priority areas Chapel Street, option one

Chapel Street - Option 1 map (685kb pdf)

Option 2 – bus ‘jump’ or priority at lights

  • adjust bus stops to be in the traffic lane
  • changes to signals at intersection with Bay Central shopping centre
  • new signal at Brown Street to let buses go before general traffic
  • syncing traffic signals to help buses move through the corridor efficiently.

Bus priority areas Chapel Street, option two

Chapel Street - Option 2 map (832kb pdf)

Option 3 - bus lane

  • One bus stop would be in the bus lane (city bound) and the other in the traffic lane (outbound)
  • changes to signals at intersection with Bay Central shopping centre
  • new signal at Brown Street to let buses go before general traffic
  • bus lane replacing one of the traffic lanes between Chapel and Brown Streets during peak times
  • syncing traffic signals to help buses move through the corridor efficiently.
     

Bus priority areas Chapel Street, option three

Chapel Street - Option 3 map (800kb pdf)

Option 4 - transit lane

  • One bus stop would be in the transit lane (city bound) and the other in the traffic lane (outbound)
  • changes to signals at intersection with Bay Central shopping centre
  • new signal at Brown Street to let buses go before general traffic
  • transit lane replacing one of the traffic lanes between Chapel Street to Brown Street
  • syncing traffic signals to help buses move through the corridor efficiently.

Bus priority areas Chapel Street, option four

Chapel Street - Option 4 map (812kb pdf)

Waihi Road / Eleventh Avenue

There are four options for providing bus priority measures in this area.

Option 1 – in lane bus stops

  • adjust bus stops to be in the traffic lane

Bus priority areas Waihi Road, option one

Waihi Road to Eleventh Avenue - Option 1 map (227kb pdf)

Option 2 – bus ‘jump’ or priority at lights

  • adjust bus stops to be in the traffic lane
  • changes at signals at Birch Avenue to let buses go before general traffic

Bus priority areas Waihi Road, option two

Waihi Road to Eleventh Avenue - Option 2 map (228kb pdf)

Option 3 - bus lane

  • One bus stop would be in the bus lane (city bound) and the other in the traffic lane (outbound)
  • bus lane replacing one of the traffic lanes on Waihi Road and Eleventh Avenue from Birch Avenue to Cameron Road at peak times

Bus priority areas Waihi Road, option three

Waihi Road to Eleventh Avenue - Option 3 map (893kb pdf)

Option 4 - transit lane

  • One bus stop would be in the transit lane (city bound) and the other in the traffic lane (outbound)
  • transit lane replacing one of the traffic lanes on Waihi Road and Eleventh Avenue from Birch Avenue to Cameron Road.

Bus priority areas Waihi Road, option four

Waihi Road to Eleventh Avenue - Option 4 map (229kb pdf)

Bus stop changes

We want to upgrade some of the most frequently used bus stops in a number of locations across the Ōtūmoetai Peninsula to provide better facilities for people to use while waiting for a bus, as well as improving access to bus stops. This could include providing new bus shelters, seating, and better travel information. It could also include safety improvements, including upgrading nearby pedestrian crossings.

In lane bus stops

We would like to create ‘in lane’ bus stops to make it easier for buses to stop and help reduce bus delays. This would mean changing the layout at a number of bus stops across the Ōtūmoetai Peninsula. Bus bays, or ‘inset’ bus stops which take the bus off the road to pick up passengers would change to ‘in lane’ bus stops.

This change means that cars would wait behind the bus, until the bus pulled away from the stop. Benefits of ‘in lane’ bus stops include increased space for people walking and cycling and more room for people to wait for the bus. It would also mean that bus stops are not so close to property boundaries.

Bus Shelter artist interpretation

Inset bus stop (foreground)

In lane bus stops artist interpretation

In lane bus stops

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