AT targets fare evaders
Transport officers could soon be a familiar sight on Auckland Transport trains.
The Auckland Council-controlled organisation is proposing a pilot involving 18 of the officers working across the region.
Auckland Transport metro operations group manager Brendon Main said on Tuesday new legislation, expected to be passed by Parliament later this year, will give officers ‘‘greater powers to enforce fare payment’’.
Officers would be able to issue penalty notices to fare evaders and provide assistance to customers, he said.
The officers’ presence was expected to ‘‘provide a deterrent’’ to potential fare-evaders and reduce vandalism, Main said.
New AT HOP electronic gates were also expected to be installed at eight stations - Otahuhu, Manurewa, Papatoetoe, Henderson, Parnell, Middlemore, Glen Innes and Papakura - over the next 18 months.
The Britomart, Newmarket, New Lynn, Papakura and Manukau stations would also have new integrated offices by the end of July.
Currently, customers need to queue at one point to buy a cash ticket and queue at another to get journey planning advice and other information, Main said.
All the rail service upgrades were expected to be completed by the end of 2019.