Auckland Transport has launched the Expressions of Interest (EOI) to operate its metropolitan railway passenger services from 2021. The authority will shortlist participants, who will be invited to respond to the RFP process for the Auckland rail franchise, with the contract expected to be awarded in February 2021.
“We’re now to undertake a tendering process for a future rail franchise agreement. We have the determination to reinvigorate the region’s rail services. With the City Rail Link to be completed in 2024 and the other recent rail upgrades just announced by central government, the future of Auckland rail is very bright,” Mark Lambert, Executive General Manager of Integrated Networks, said.
Auckland Transport has made the decision to move towards a more integrated operating environment for rail services, this will see the incoming rail operator having greater responsibility and control for service delivery for the next phase of rail public transport growth in the city.
Currently, the system offers transport services for 22 million passengers per year, with growth of 5 per cent in the past year. The metropolitan railway network has a total length of 94.3 route kilometres, with 195 km of track, served by 42 stations. The system is operated by 57 three-car EMUs, with 15 more on order.