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