Fare hikes delayed
Fare increases proposed for Wellington’s buses and trains, due to take effect from September, have been postponed.
Greater Wellington Regional Council’s economic wellbeing committee oversees public transport, and chairman Peter Glensor says negotiations with some operators about the fare increases are taking longer than expected.
‘‘Getting to a place where everyone is satisfied with the changes always takes a substantial amount of time, but this year discussions are taking longer than we had expected. We’re hoping that negotiations will be completed soon.’’
Although a specific date cannot be set, he says it will not be October 1, as it would be too confusing for the thousands of visitors expected to the region around then for the Rugby World Cup.
Mr Glensor says people who have already bought September monthly rail passes at the higher rate will be refunded.
The proposed fare increase involves a 5 per cent increase to stored value cards, 10-trip tickets and monthly passes for buses and trains. There are also changes to some special Johnsonville train fares and cash fares for zones 10-14 (between Wellington, Waikanae and Wairarapa).
There will be no changes to all other fares set by GWRC. Mr Glensor says the increase will generate an increase of about 3 per cent in overall revenue.
‘‘Like the cost of everything else, the cost of running public transport is increasing, so fares need to increaseto meet those costs.’’