North Is­land com­pany Tranzit has been named as the pre­ferred bid­der for a con­tract to op­er­ate a large chunk of Welling­ton route ser­vices

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New South Wales bus users will pay 2.4 per cent more to travel from the start of next month, fol­low­ing an Opal Card fare hike.

The In­de­pen­dent Pric­ing and Reg­u­la­tory Tri­bunal’s aver­age an­nual in­crease of 4.2 per cent has been re­jected. Opal fares will in­stead only be adjusted to CPI, mean­ing a smaller rise in fares.

New South Wales Min­is­ter for Trans­port and In­fra­struc­ture An­drew Con­stance says the fare freeze that has been in place since last year has come to an end, but cus­tomers can be guar­an­teed in­creases will mir­ror inflation go­ing for­ward.

“Our trans­port net­work has proven to be an easy, con­ve­nient and re­li­able sys­tem and we’re con­tin­u­ing to see in­creased de­mand across all modes of trans­port,” he says.

Gold Opal Card hold­ers re­tain un­lim­ited all-day travel for $2.50 on any day of the week.

Adult Opal Card users re­tain the $2 ‘trans­fer dis­count’ ev­ery time they change mode on a jour­ney and the trans­fer is within 60 min­utes, while child, youth and con­ces­sion Opal card cus­tomers re­tain a ‘trans­fer dis­count’ of $1.

Con­stance says it is im­por­tant that price shocks aren’t too dras­tic for com­muters, and that the an­nounce­ment means a mod­est in­crease only, while point­ing out that cus­tomer sat­is­fac­tion for trains and buses is now at 89 per cent.

“We’ve kept fares low while in­vest­ing bil­lions in new rail lines and we also have brand new trains on the way to in­crease re­li­a­bil­ity and ser­vices.”

Above: Opal card users have been guar­an­teed that fare in­creases will be lim­ited to the rate of inflation

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