Jackson Street Bus Stop Accessibility
The way we shop, eat, and travel is changing. Rapid change and growth mean we need to plan ahead to shape our cities into places that can support an improved quality of life. At the same time, we need to think about how we can tackle one of the biggest challenges of our time, climate change.
In May 2022, the government released its first Emissions Reduction Plan (ERP) and highlighted the significant role transport plays in the climate response. They called for a 41% reduction in emissions from the transport sector by 2035 (from 2019 levels).
The Waka Kotahi Climate Emergency Response Programme was formed with a $1.2 billion Climate Emergency Fund. This funding aims to support New Zealanders in reducing their reliance on private cars by encouraging walking, cycling, and taking public transport.
To support this, we need to improve access to public transport, and address safety and accessibility issues at bus stops across our network – this includes three bus stops on Jackson Street, Petone.
There is a high risk of buses collecting building canopies, meaning drivers can’t pull in closely to the kerb to safely let passengers on and off the bus, limiting who can use the stops.
Metlink is committed to addressing these issues to ensure Jackson Street customers are no longer disadvantaged. We aim to achieve this by building two new in-line bus stops, and a kerb extension at a third stop. This will better integrate bus stops into the streetscape, creating enhanced more beautiful customer waiting areas, and reduce delays for passengers - benefiting you in several ways: