Lower fare, better service may boost Wynyard tram
The price of a ride on Wynyard Quarter’s controversial $8 million heritage tram service has been slashed in a bid to get more bums on seats this summer.
Service will resume for the waterfront tram loop on Sunday after it was suspended in May last year because of roadworks on Daldy and Halsey streets.
An adult ticket now costs $2 – cut from $5 last year and a huge departure from the original fare of $10.
The trams will run on Fridays and weekends up until Christmas Day when the service is closed.
They’ll then operate daily from Boxing Day until the service is temporarily suspended in late January for roadworks to Pakenham and Madden streets.
The 15-minute loop has come under criticism for struggling to attract passengers with its limited circuit since it was first introduced in August 2011.
It cost $8 million to set up and operated at a loss of $139,000 in its first eight months.
Waterfront Auckland spokesman Luke Henshall says lower ticket prices are an incentive to attract more passengers.
The daily hours have also been reduced with trams running until 4pm each day rather than 5pm.
‘‘We’ve had a chance to review what works best and this seems to be more in keeping with levels of patronage,’’ he says.
‘‘We’re confident it will attract more riders especially over summer.’’
Henshall says the area has also been visually enhanced while the two trams have been in storage.
The trams, built in 1926 and 1927, can carry a total of 86 people around Halsey, Gaunt, Daldy and Jellicoe streets.
Back on board: Wynyard Quarter’s heritage trams are back in service this week after more than a year in storage.