Fare rise set lower than first forecast

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A 2 per cent in­crease to Metlink train, bus and har­bour ferry fares has been pro­posed by Greater Welling­ton Re­gional Coun­cil.

The fare in­crease – be­low the 3 per cent rise forecast – will be con­firmed af­ter it has been con­sulted on as part of the re­gional coun­cil’s An­nual Plan process. Con­sul­ta­tion will be­gin in late March.

The in­crease will also de­pend on suc­cess­ful ne­go­ti­a­tions with pub­lic trans­port op­er­a­tors.

The smaller fare in­crease was pro­posed largely be­cause of in­creased con­cerns about the af­ford­abil­ity of pub­lic trans­port, said coun­cil chair­per­son Fran Wilde.

Fare in­creases are needed to cover ris­ing costs, but the coun­cil is also very aware of the need to en­sure pub­lic trans­port is af­ford­able, she said.

‘‘We’re con­cerned that this is be­com­ing an is­sue for more peo­ple so a smaller in­crease is ap­pro­pri­ate.’’

Ms Wilde said the in­crease is in the to­tal fare rev­enue rather than an in­crease in each in­di­vid­ual fare.

‘‘ Some fares will not in­crease at all, whereas most stored value card or mul­ti­trip fares will in­crease by an av­er­age of about 2.5 per cent.’’

For train users be­tween Porirua and Welling­ton cities, fares would in­crease by about 2.5 per­cent. A 10-trip adult ticket for five zones would in­crease from $48.60.80 to $49.80, a monthly pass from $145.80 to $149.40. A four-zone fare from Tawa would rise by 2.5 per cent, be­com­ing $40.80 for a 10-trip and $122.40 for a monthly ticket.

Ms Wilde said the smaller over­all in­crease would still en­sure that fares made up 55-60 per cent of pub­lic trans­port costs.

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