Public transport fares changing
Bus, train and ferry fares will be changing from 11 February, as part of an annual review by Auckland Transport to ensure fares keep pace with operating costs and the portion of costs recovered from fares.
Colin Homan, Group Manager AT Development, says Auckland Transport has a target to recover 50 per cent of the cost of public transport from fares, but this is currently at 46.2 per cent, with the balance subsidised by ratepayers and taxpayers.
"Over the past year AT has added a number of new services and more capacity including the rollout of new bus networks in west and east Auckland, the addition of more bus lanes to improve travel times, and the introduction of more double-decker buses, bringing the total double-decker fleet to 89," he says.
In the year to the end of December, 91.1 million trips were taken on public transport in Auckland, an increase of 7.4 per cent on the previous year .
The changes for bus and train fares include increases to one-zone, two-zone, four-zone and five-zone fares of between 5c and 15c and there will be decreases to three-zone fares of 5c for adults and 8c for children. There will also be increases of 7c to 10c for tertiary fares to ensure concession consistency across zones.