More buses could tread the motorways of Auckland's west soon.
Auckland Transport has recommended Auckland Council's Transport Committee commits to the roll-out of a busway along the Northwestern Motorway between Westgate and Waterview.
Auckland Transport claimed without extra public transport on the Northwestern and Upper Harbour Highway, the city would remain car-dependent and congested.
"The Auckland Plan provides for significant growth in the number of people and jobs within the northwest part of the Auckland metropolitan area over the next 30 years," a report in the committee's agenda said.
"Although there will be an increase in local employment opportunities, the growth in both population and employment in this part of Auckland will require additional public transport infrastructure along State Highways 16 and 18."
According to Auckland Transport, the number of people living in the area is set to increase by over 80,000 in the next three decades, with the number of jobs following suit, potentially hitting over 70,000.
To keep up, it proposed a "high-speed, high-capacity" public transport system.
In the proposed bus routes, a frequent service would go between Westgate and the city centre - through Triangle Road, State Highway 16 and Great North Road.
A bus on this route would arrive at least every 15 minutes from 7am-7pm, every day of the week.
In addition, a "secondary network" would weave around on other routes in the area, with no less than one bus every half hour.
A bus interchange is also on the cards for Westgate, which would have park and ride facilities.
The Westgate to Lincoln Road section of the busway is expected to cost around $90 million, and at least $10 million to buy the property.
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