Fares get fairer?

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION / NEWS -

Greater Welling­ton Re­gional Coun­cil is to be­gin a re­view of how bus, train and har­bour ferry fares are cal­cu­lated.

Peter Glen­sor, chair­man of Greater Welling­ton’s Eco­nomic Well­be­ing Com­mit­tee, says the re­view will look at fares and ex­plore changes and al­ter­na­tives.

‘‘The last fare struc­ture re­view, for in­stance – which was done six years ago – re­sulted in our cur­rent zon­ing sys­tem which bases fares on dis­tance trav­elled. So we’ll be see­ing how well that sys­tem is work­ing,‘‘ he said.

Dis­counts for smart cards and multi-trip tick­ets will be re­viewed, as will con­ces­sions.

Su­per­gold card hold­ers get free off-peak travel on pub­lic trans­port but this con­ces­sion is funded by cen­tral govern­ment, not Greater Welling­ton.

The re­view is ex­pected to be com­pleted and changes im­ple­mented to­wards the end of 2012.

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