Ready for a bit of time travel? Good, because you'll need to set the dials for a jump ahead to the year 2047 if you want to ride the new train line between Auckland Airport and downtown Auckland.
We kid you not. As much as that rail link is needed now – and has been needed for the past many many years, as any time spent sitting on the gridlocked roads will tell you – it won't be in place for another 30 years, reports The NZ Herald.
When the trains start running back and forth shuttle-style, it'll be a light rail tramway system rather than conventional suburban-style 'heavy rail', according to the agreement between Auckland Transport and the New Zealand Transport Agency.
And it'll come with an NZ$1 billion price tag that's sure to increase as the years tick by. The NZTA reportedly ruled out the heavy rail option last year because it was estimated to cost NZ$2.2 billion.
So what's happening to ease the traffic jams between 2017 and 2047?
Auckland Transport and the NZTA have settled on a busway corridor as a "credible solution" for the next 30 years, which will then see a "staged transition" to light rail – although that busway might not be operational until the mid-2020s.
The NZ government says that it will soon begin work on defining a mass transit corridor between the airport and the city and protecting it from development.