Auckland Council says it is unlikely to commit to any rail services on the North Shore for decades.
The council's transport committee has reviewed a wish list of projects for the northern suburbs once the current busway reaches the limit of its capacity in 2041, but says none will be getting the tick in the near future.
The most expensive project on the list is a $15 billion commuter rail link between the North Shore and central Auckland.
There are 13 other suggestions all of which revolve around bus or rail.
But the committee's chair Mike Lee says there is no need for rail on the North Shore for decades.
He says other projects - such as the city rail link and an airport service - are a much higher priority.