Pub­lic trans­port fares in­crease

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Auck­land Trans­port is set to hike pub­lic trans­port fares with bus, trains and ferries all af­fected.

The cost changes will come into ef­fect from Jan­uary 29 and are as a re­sult of a de­sire by Auck­land Trans­port, a Coun­cil Con­trolled Or­gan­i­sa­tion, to re­coup 50 per cent of the cost of pub­lic trans­port from fares.

As it stands Auck­land Trans­port re­cov­ers 46.3 per cent.

Some fares, par­tic­u­larly if us­ing cash, will in­crease by up to 50c adding sig­nif­i­cant cost to a weekly fare.

Other changes in­clud­ing AT HOP monthly bus and train pass in­creas­ing by $10.

AT HOP bus and train fares for one zone, two zones and four zones will also in­crease by 5c and 10c.

Auck­land Trans­port’s Colin Ho­man said Auck­lan­ders should not feel hard done by.

‘‘Com­pared to many other cities, Auck­land short dis­tance fares are rel­a­tively low so we have tar­geted some small in­creases for fares for some shorter trips.

‘‘Fares for longer trips, be­yond four zones will not change.

‘‘We want to pro­mote re­duc­ing con­ges­tion by mak­ing pub­lic trans­port fares at­trac­tive for peo­ple mak­ing longer jour­neys.’’

Pub­lic trans­port in Auck­land still rep­re­sented ‘‘very good value for cus­tomers,’’ he said.

Ho­man said over the past 12 months Auck­land Trans­port had re­duced the cost of pub­lic trans­port by, on av­er­age, seven per cent.

This was by en­cour­ag­ing cus­tomers to tran­si­tion to HOP cards, among other ini­tia­tives.

‘‘Even though the av­er­age fare in­crease is 1.7 per­cent, the aver- age cost of travel for cus­tomers re­mains lower than it was at this time last year.’’

It has also added a num­ber of new ser­vices over the past year, such as the in­tro­duc­tion of 65 dou­ble decker buses, the roll out of a new bus net­work in south Auck­land, the ad­di­tion of 19 km of bus lanes in the year to June 2017 and rail ser­vice in­creases on the West­ern Line.

In the year to the end of De­cem­ber 84.8 mil­lion trips were taken on pub­lic trans­port in Auck­land, an in­crease of 4.6 per cent since July.

· AT HOP bus and train fares for one zone, two zones and four zones in­crease by 5c and 10c.

· Cash bus and train fares for one zone and two zones in­crease by 50 cents.

CHRIS MCKEEN/FAIRFAX NZ

Auck­land’s pub­lic trans­port fares still rep­re­sent good value for money, Auck­land Trans­port says.

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