Just the ticket for Auck­land’s pub­lic trans­port

Auckland City Harbour News - - News -

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.

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