Re­gion’s rail com­muters prove an hon­est bunch

The Horowhenua Mail - - FRONT PAGE - DAMIAN GE­ORGE

‘‘The first check­point caught just one pas­sen­ger with­out a ticket out of 2775 pas­sen­gers.’’

Welling­ton’s train users have proven them­selves to be a largely hon­est lot, with less than 1 per cent caught dodg­ing fares in ran­dom ticket checks.

Pub­lic trans­port provider Metlink an­nounced last Novem­ber it would in­tro­duce ran­dom check­points to curb fare dodg­ing, which it said could be cost­ing the Greater Welling­ton Re­gional Coun­cil up to $5 mil­lion a year.

That fig­ure was based on in­ter­na­tional bench­mark fig­ures, which showed be­tween five and ten per cent of com­muters did not pay for their fares.

But pop-up check­points at Welling­ton Rail­way Sta­tion in Novem­ber and Fe­bru­ary found just 10 out of al­most 9000 Welling­to­ni­ans were flout­ing the rules.

The first check­point caught just one pas­sen­ger with­out a ticket out of 2775 pas­sen­gers, while the sec­ond dis­cov­ered nine out of al­most 6000 pas­sen­gers had boarded the train il­le­gally.

Those fig­ures amounted to 0.1 per cent of to­tal pas­sen­gers checked.

The coun­cil has pre­vi­ously said fare dodgers were ei­ther not pay­ing for their jour­neys, or were trav­el­ling fur­ther than their tick­ets al­lowed.

Metlink will con­tinue to use ran­dom ticket check­points over the next few months, both on trains and at sta­tions, it said.

There were a to­tal of 12.8 mil­lion rail pas­sen­ger trips last year.

Metlink will con­tinue to check train tick­ets at ran­dom over the next few months.

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