Just the ticket for Auckland’s public transport
Integrated ticketing for Auckland is a step closer with the preferred tenderer announced last week.
The Auckland Regional Transport Authority and the New Zealand Transport Agency said that a consortium made up of French electronics company Thales, partnered with the Bank of New Zealand and Transfield services, would deliver the project.
The tickets will be for train, bus and ferry use and it will be the first fully integrated ticketing system in New Zealand.
ARTA chairman Rabin Rabindran says this will open the door to greater ease of public transport use by customers.
“Thales has delivered a proven multimodal system in more than 100 cities around the world including Paris, Toronto and Oslo.
“Having a smartcard in your pocket will be like having the keys to Auckland’s public transport system.”
He says ARTA and NZTA will hold negotiations with the preferred tenderer over the next few months and subject to final confirmation of funding from NZTA, the system will be implemented.
Mr Rabindran says funding is expected to be a mix of regional funds, NZTA funds and private financing.
“The benefits of an integrated ticketing system to our customers are numerous – there will be no need for our customers to carry cash.
There will be no need to have a wallet full of different tickets for different operators.”
He says boarding times will be faster because fares won’t be collected. He adds the system will feature automated gates, smartcard readers on board buses and ferries and smartcard reload devices at selected spots.
Auckland Regional Council chairman Mike Lee says this is a key piece in the public transport jigsaw which would enable a quantum leap forward.