The Northern Busway is New Zealand's first purpose built road dedicated to bus passenger transport, and forms a key part of Auckland's rapid public transport network. It is improving journey speeds, reliability and comfort and provides an attractive alternative to private vehicle use, increasing passenger transport modal share, and reducing the demand for more roading.
Opened in February 2008, the Northern Busway runs alongside SH1 from Constellation Drive in the north, to the Auckland Harbour Bridge. The completion of the busway, has brought huge improvements to passenger transport connections to the Auckland Central Business District (CBD) and also meets the people-carrying demands necessary to sustain the existing Auckland Harbour Bridge.
The Northern Busway is part of a public transport network linking North Shore City and Hibiscus Coast with the CBD. Express services and local bus services link into the busway through five new stations at Albany, Constellation, Sunnynook, Smales Farm and Akoranga. The Northern Busway provides a world-class public transport solution for the North Shore.
Dedicated for buses only, the busway makes travel to the CBD fast, frequent and reliable. Passengers enjoy congestion-free travel with the added satisfaction that they are helping to reduce congestion and improve the environment. For every full bus there are 40 less cars on the road. For more information regarding public transport in the Auckland region please see the MAXX website.