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March 28, 2014

Thanks Auckland - you're one in 11 million

Aucklanders are getting on board with trains in record numbers – making a record 11 million trips in the past year.
 
This milestone comes just weeks before Auckland’s new electric trains are introduced and is the highest number of passengers ever on the current rail network.
 
Auckland Transport chairman Dr Lester Levy says Aucklanders are using public transport more than ever as improvements to services make it a more attractive option. “We are now seeing 5,000 additional passenger journeys each business day compared to a year ago. People are responding to initial improvements such as integrated ticketing, better on-time performance and improved facilities like the new transport hub at Panmure and there’s a lot more to come.”
 
When Britomart Transport Centre opened in 2003, just 2.5 million trips were made on trains.
 
Auckland Mayor Len Brown says the milestone is very welcome.
 
"One thing is certain with regard to public transport in Auckland. If you build it people will use it. I am confident that now integrated ticketing is in place and as our new electric trains go into service, this won't be the last patronage record we will break.
 
The implementation of the New Network and the City Rail Link will also boost numbers."
 
Transdev operates the trains for Auckland Transport. It says it is pleased to see that its major focus on performance over the past 12 months is translating to improved patronage.
 
Transdev Managing Director Terry Scott says “We are working hard with our partners at Auckland Transport and KiwiRail to improve network performance and we are striving every day to achieve excellence in the customer experience.”
 
Dr Levy says the upward trend in numbers is pleasing given that during the past year rail services have been regularly disrupted due to electrification works on the network. “We are making strides with an ageing fleet of diesel trains which are now 60 years old, just imagine what we will do with new trains.”
 
 
 
 
 
 
Photos: Dr Lester Levy at Britomart Transport Centre and Electric Train at Newmarket Station.
 
 
 
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For more information:
www.aucklandtransport.govt.nz
 
For media inquiries please call:
Sharon Hunter, Communications Manager, Auckland Transport
021 545 230,
Sharon.hunter@aucklandtransport.govt.nz
www.aucklandtransport.govt.nz

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