Top price tickets?
quite reasonably, that councils would follow suit, not devise their own methods to come to different figures.
It behoves all councils to follow the rules.
Compounding the situation, the council had already been collecting slightly inflated fares, as public transport advocate and councillor Paul Bruce pointed out.
The council has accumulated a $4 million fund aimed at softening the blow of heavy fuel costs rises anticipated in the past couple of years.
In the event, corresponding rises in the New Zealand dollar’s exchange rate shielded commuters from the soaring price of crude oil, and the council never needed to call on its hedge fund.
As usual Mr Bruce voted against this year’s fare increases to Snapper, multi-trip and long journey fares. So did his fellow Wellington representative Daran Ponter and Nigel Wilson, from Kapiti.
As they pointed out, this is not a good time to increase fares, particularly for the most regular users.
There have been years of disruption due to cancelled and unreliable trains, electricity network and signals.
The time when the network upgrade are nearing completion is the time to win back commuters who have forsworn unreliable trains for their cars, even if it means forgoing some revenue today for longer term returns.
That’s what business-savvy operator would probably do.
Greater Wellington’s public transport fare strategy is due for review this year and it will be an opportunity to cast a critical eye on how fares have been set in the past.
Jim Chipp Regional Reporter