City’s transport fares to increase
Those paying cash or travelling short distances will bear the brunt of upcoming public transport fare increases in Auckland.
And for a few the price of their daily commute will come down.
Auckland Transport (AT) has completed its annual review of fares, saying it’s raised them in certain areas to pave the way for the simpler zone-based system being introduced next year.
It’s also increased the differential between cash fares and the HOP card to encourage people to use the reusable prepay cards.
It means HOP card users will now get a 20 per cent discount.
A stage one or stage two trip using a HOP card – such as from the central city to Westmere, or from the city to Pt Chevalier – will cost 5 to 10 cents more, but those paying cash for the same journeys will pay 50 cents more.
There will be no change in fares for HOP card users travelling greater distances – for example, four stages to Henderson stays at $4.80.
Longer distance HOP fares for children will go down by 5 to 16 cents.
The cost of catching a ferry to Hobsonville and West Harbour will reduce by between 24 cents and 50 cents.
However there would be charges on the CityLink bus service, which had previously been free.
This was because funding from other sources such as Waterfront Auckland and business group Heart of the City had now ended, AT says.
HOP card users will now pay 50 cents for a single trip, while a cash fare will be $1.
The fare changes take effect from March 29.