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Discounts in the pipeline as Auckland Transport respond to the public

Author
Rebecca Scheib,
Section
Auckland,
Publish Date
Wednesday, 8 May 2019, 9:06PM
(Photo / File)
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Cheaper fares and free public transport are in the pipeline for children and students in Auckland.

In response to calls for more affordable transport, Auckland Transport has recommended three initiatives which could come into effect next February.

Another initiative is free weekend and holiday transport for children under the age of 16.

Auckland Councillor Chris Darby says many tertiary students really struggle and a 25 percent discount is one means of supporting our young people.

AT has also recommended a ferry fare integration where fares would be discounted when connected with a bus or train trip.

Community services card holders may also benefit, as Darby says they also want to explore discounting public transport for holders of community services cards next year.

"Great benefits of course but it comes with a much bigger bill, and that's an initiative that we'd like to keep on the table and examine further with Government agencies."

The bill for three initiatives would partly be footed by ratepayers.

Darby says they would be taking a subsidy from the NZTA, for initiatives which would give a 25 per cent discount to tertiary students and free public transport to under sixteens on weekends.

AT have also recommended a ferry fare integration- Ferry fares would be discounted when connected with a bus or train trip.

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