City’s trans­port fares to in­crease

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

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.

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