New Zealand


planned light rail subway; tram

Of all New Zealand's transit-bereft cities, Auckland appears to be the most likely to one day gain some sort of transit system. Currently, Auckland's commuter rail is in the process of a major upgrade by the
Auckland Regional Council. An underground rail link similar to those in Sydney and Melbourne is also being considered, and the underground Britomart, a real estate development centered around a transportation hub, is in full swing. A 3.5 km City Rail Link is being seriously considered, making the Britomart a stop rather than a terminus. Fourteen alternatives were been narrowed down to two in February 2010, with further verbal comitments spouted in 2013. Public comments are now being taken.

In March, 2010, New Lynn became Auckland's
second underground station.

Plans for light rail include a line from Boston Road traveling through the central business district to lower Queen St on the Central line and Newmarket.
One site mentions more ambitious plans, with a call for an 80 km light rail system. No dirt has been scooped yet, but the city's Tourism bureau has gazed into it's crystal ball and has seen a light rail line to the airport.


Auckland is also home to a tram museum known as
MOTAT, which runs a 1.7 km tram betweenthe museum and the zoo. A 1.5 km heritage tram, hoped by the City Copuncil to one day become light rail along the waterfront, is under construction and scheduled to open in August 2011.

LRT plan
reported by Light Rail Atlas, March 2002
Plan info from Railway Technology
Auckland Transport Blog
Rideline message board
Light Rail Atlas
Britomart photos and more from Andrew Waters
Tram in Eden Park
Proposed Underground Rail Link

Britomart is sometimes frequented by train loving giants. Kiwi Rail has assured passengers that the giants mean no harm and are only interested in observing and photographing the rolling stock. However, passengers fear an upcomming rolling stock upgrade could increase the frequency of the giants' visits, overcrowding the stations and affecting the quality of their commuting experience.