AMETI aims to improve transport links between the eastern suburbs of Manukau and Auckland City for all road users: car and truck drivers, bus and rail users, cyclists and pedestrians.
It includes a group of projects that together will improve transport in the area.
The eastern transport initiative is being constructed in stages, with work currently underway on interim intersection improvements where the south eastern highway meets Ti Rakau Drive and Pakuranga Rd.
Construction for the Panmure phase will begin in 2011. Other phases are at various stages of planning.
The overall AMETI plan is to:
Increase rail and bus services
Develop bus lanes along arterial routes such as Mt Wellington and Ellerslie Panmure highways
Enhance existing roads and building new links to complete the local road network
Improve walking and cycling facilities
Work with the community to develop travel plans for large businesses and schools.
The eastern suburbs of Auckland have considerable economic potential, with a number of sites that could be redeveloped and an extra 40,000 jobs created.
AMETI is aimed at unlocking this potential by dealing with congestion and improving strategic transport links. When this happens businesses are expected to change to support the science, ICT and biotech industries.
The population is expected to grow by 20-25,000 people, with developments like the Stonefields in Mt Wellington.