Snap­per wel­come in Welling­ton still

Fare cheats worth $40m?

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By JIM CHIPP

A sin­gle ticket for all Welling­ton pub­lic trans­port is on the way.

Greater Welling­ton Re­gional Coun­cil of­fi­cers will be­gin in­ves­ti­gat­ing an in­te­grated elec­tronic ticket sys­tem for Welling­ton in early 2013, the coun­cil’s eco­nomic well­be­ing com­mit­tee heard re­cently.

The same elec­tronic ticket could be used for buses, trains and fer­ries.

De­spite be­ing bun­dled out of a sim­i­lar project in Auck­land, Snap­per are still in the Welling­ton frame, com­mit­tee chair­man Peter Glen­sor said.

GWRC has bud­geted $39 mil­lion in its long-term plan for the ticket sys­tem but had been stalled by the Auck­land work.

The NZ Trans­port Agency was expected to part-fund a new sys­tem but it wanted the Auck­land sys­tem run­ning first, and tick­ets else­where in New Zealand to be com­pat­i­ble.

French com­pany Thales pro­vided the tech­nol­ogy for Auck­land and Snap­per were to sup­ply tick­ets and read­ers for buses.

But in Au­gust, Auck­land Trans­port ter­mi­nated its agree­ment with Snap­per, ques­tion­ing whether Snap­per could mod­ify its sys­tem to com­ply with the Thales tech­nol­ogy soon enough. The bus con­tract has in­stead been awarded to Thales.

Snap­per’s dump­ing from the Auck­land project did not mean it was un­able to de­liver a sys­tem that met NZTA’s de­mands, Mr Glen­sor said.

‘‘It just means that there has been a judg­ment that they will not meet the spec­i­fi­ca­tion by Novem­ber. They Cen­tral Community News­pa­pers asked GWRC Metlink projects and plan­ning man­ager Tass Larsen whether enough Welling­to­ni­ans avoided pay­ing fares to jus­tify a $39 mil­lion ticket sys­tem.

Ms Larsen said in­spec­tors and ro­bust fines worked well in Ger­many, but there were dif­fer­ences from New Zealand.

‘‘ The rea­son that monthly tick­ets work so very well there, is that in Ger­many peo­ple have an ID card,’’ she said.

‘‘If you don’t have a ticket, [the ticket in­spec­tor has] the power to re­quire you to show your ID card.’’

In New Zealand, pas­sen­gers with­out a valid ticket could be or­dered off the bus or train, but pros­e­cu­tion was dif­fi­cult if they could not be re­li­ably iden­ti­fied. say that Snap­per did not meet the [project time­line] mile­stones.’’

Snap­per had dis­puted that and would still be el­i­gi­ble to ten­der in Welling­ton, he said.

Snap­per chief ex­ec­u­tive Miki Szik­szai said his com­pany met all of the mile­stones in Auck­land.

‘‘We were very, very clear that we had a [Snap­per] sys­tem that could in­te­grate but the [Thales] sys­tem wasn’t there.’’

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