Trans­port fares likely to in­crease

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A rise in most non-cash fares for bus, train and har­bour ferry ser­vices is be­ing rec­om­mended by Greater Welling­ton Re­gional Coun­cil of­fi­cers.

Any de­ci­sion by the coun­cil for a fare in­crease will be con­sulted on pub­licly in April as part of the draft an­nual plan process.

A re­port to the coun­cil’s pol­icy and strat­egy com­mit­tee meet­ing this week rec­om­mends most non­cash fares in­crease by 1 per cent from Oc­to­ber.

A 10- trip ticket from Welling­ton to Water­loo would in­crease from $40.80 to $41.20, a bus trip from Welling­ton Sta­tion to Mi­ra­mar, us­ing Snap­per, would in­crease to $3.67 from $3.63 and a monthly rail pass to Waikanae would in­crease to $301.80 from $298.80.

‘‘ An in­crease in fare rev­enue would help off­set costs of pro­vid­ing pub­lic trans­port ser­vices which usu­ally in­crease each year,’’ re­gional coun­cil gen­eral man­ager pub­lic trans­port Wayne Hastie said.

‘‘Bus run­ning costs, for ex­am­ple, rose by about 1.7 per cent in the last year and 3.5 per cent the year be­fore.

‘‘Also, we’re re­quired to en­sure that fares con­trib­ute around 55 per cent to di­rect costs, and the in­crease would keep us within that ra­tio.’’

The rec­om­mended fare in­crease is in line with the coun­cil’s five- year pro­gramme, adopted in 2012.

Along with the in­crease in most non-cash fares, of­fi­cers rec­om­mend a 50-cent in­crease in adult cash fares for zones 1 (in­ner city), 7 (be­tween Welling­ton and Pukerua Bay or Up­per Hutt), 10 ( Waikanae), 13 ( Otaki, Carter­ton) and 14 (Master­ton).

Mr Hastie said the in­crease in zone 1 cash fares would be the first since 2010.

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