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May 28, 2013

2013 Annual Public Transport Fare Review

Overview

This year, there are no across the board increases in fares, but there are targeted fare changes. The fare changes are designed to align bus and rail fares and, for ferries, to align fares on 10-trip paper tickets and AT HOP cards in preparation for the final rollout of the AT HOP card across AT services during the rest of 2013.
 
Bus and Rail
Single trip cash fares will remain unchanged across all bus and rail as will adult and child* NZ Bus fares and child AT HOP and child 10-trip fares.  Increases to some adult AT HOP and adult bus 10-trip tickets are needed. These will be between 2c and 22c per trip.  
 
Some bus and rail, return pass, daily pass, monthly pass and multi-operator fares will also change in preparation for the transition to integrated bus and rail monthly and daily passes.
 
Ferries
There is no general fare increase. Some ferry fares have reduced; targeted fare changes are proposed to achieve alignment of fares for 10-trip paper tickets and AT HOP cards and improved alignment of historic differences in fares for similar distance services. 
 
For example, short distance inner harbour services such as Devonport, Bayswater and Birkenhead 10-trip paper tickets will increase up to 20c per trip but with reductions in AT HOP fares.
 
Beach Haven, Hobsonville and West Harbour ferry service fares will remain unchanged or be reduced.
 
Tertiary Students
Across bus, rail and ferry the discount offered to tertiary students will reduce from a minimum of 38% to a minimum of 35% off the adult single trip cash fare, resulting in individual fare increases of between 7c and 40c per trip.
 
Our Goals
“Auckland Transport is working hard with its operators to provide greater connectivity and efficiency between public transport modes as well as better integrated pricing structure and price parity”, says Auckland Transport’s manager of Public Transport Operations Mark Lambert. 
 
“We all know that Auckland’s roads are under enormous pressure and increased use of public transport across all modes has to be part of the solution to that problem”.
 
“Making public transport services customer friendly, and with a fare structure that makes them an attractive choice for people is a priority for Auckland Transport and its operators.  Our New Network programme which is starting to be consulted on in June, forms part of that approach”, says Mr Lambert. 
 
The new fares come into effect on 3 June. 
 
For further information: www.AT.co.nz
 
 
*Children aged from 5 to 15 years inclusive and full-time secondary school students aged between 16 to 19 years inclusive (provided they are able to show a current Auckland Transport approved secondary school student ID, or are wearing a recognised school uniform. Please note that there will be no exceptions to this policy - proof of school attendance must be provided at all times).
 
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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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