The Government and Auckland Council have signed an accord intended to agree on which transport projects should be built in the next 30 years.
The list of projects is intended to be settled over the year, and may lead to discussions over new forms of funding.
The so-called Auckland Transport Alignment Project is aimed at bridging a gap between the views of the council and the Government over what needs to be done, and how to pay for it.
Minister of Transport Simon Bridges has previously said the Council's current mix of projects was not compelling enough, and he would not yet agree to new funding tools.
The Council has already decided it wants to introduce motorway charges but needs Government approval.
The Labour Party said decisions on big transport projects in Auckland should have been made five years ago, when Auckland became a supercity.
Labour's Phil Goff said the city's transport system was already in gridlock and could not wait another year for talks to happen.
He said it was just a way of further delaying the expenditure which everyone knew had to be invested in Auckland's transport and housing infrastructure.