Concern over rising cost of public transport

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Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Tue, 19 Jan 2021, 11:46AM
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Concern over rising cost of public transport

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Tue, 19 Jan 2021, 11:46AM

There are worrying holes in Auckland Transport's new annual fare plan.

About half of bus and rail services are getting a price hike of around four per cent, which is up to 35 cents.

Greater Auckland Director Matt Lowrie warns it's off-putting for passengers, who'll choose their car instead.

He says if we're putting up public transport fares, we should put up parking prices at the same time.

But a daily cap's being brought in next month, meaning people can ride buses, trains and ferries as much as they'd like - without paying more than $20.

Cheaper fares during off-peak times is also hoped to balance the ledger.