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February 25, 2014

A jump in public transport patronage

January saw a jump of three point three per cent in the number of people using public transport in Auckland.
 
The number of trips on rail was up seven point six per cent in January compared to the same month last year.
 
Auckland Transport’s Group Manager, Public Transport, Mark Lambert says the increase for rail is pleasing considering the disruption to services in January because of on-going work to electrify the rail network.
 
The Northern Express bus service saw a rise in patronage of seven per cent, while the number using all other bus services was up just under five per cent compared to January 2013.
 
Auckland Transport has been running promotions to encourage more people on the North Shore to use the Northern Express.
 
Ferry patronage was down in January. One of the reasons for the drop in the numbers using ferries was the poor weather over the holiday period.
 
On an average weekday some 236,000 trips are taken on public transport in the region and Aucklanders are now travelling on more than 200,000 AT HOP cards.

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