Land Transport and Transit are set to merge as further consolidation in the government agencies continues. This follows the previous merge of Transfund a few years ago.
Minister of Transport Annette King said: "Despite recent improvements, transport agencies need to work more collaboratively and with a common purpose."
I believe that this is a sensible move and will remove one additional layer of bureaucracy and hopefully enable a quicker more consistent approach to land transport in New Zealand.
The government is also considering directing all road user charges to roading rather than the general fund.
If this happens and transit and LTNZ have a common vision we may actually see some real change and much needed infrastructure in place sooner.