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  1. Citizen Joe, 5. October 2017, 16:17

    3% (which is lower than my rate increase) may well help pay GWRC to pay for bringing down the trolley bus wires that the WCC is not opposing.

  2. Traveller, 5. October 2017, 17:34

    You could well argue that the rail fares need to be higher… and the costs of GWRC management should be brought down (yes please).

  3. luke, 5. October 2017, 21:41

    if people are choosing to drive and pay for parking, then Public Transport is too expensive. Compared to many overseas cities, we don’t get very good value from our PT.

  4. glenn, 6. October 2017, 8:14

    Kind of ironic to take issue with an increase of 3%, when WCC put their rates up by 3.3%

  5. Neil Douglas, 6. October 2017, 14:10

    Nicola I think you have forgotten Auckland which has 60 million bus boardings, nearly three times Wellington’s 24 million trips. Auckland’s rail patronage has shot past Wellington’s too, with 18 million trips compared to a pretty static figure for Wgtn of 11 million or thereabouts.

    This report I did for the NZTA is a bit old now but it does have some comparisons of AKL, CHC and WGTN. Wellington had the highest average bus fare (peak) of $4.13, with AKL second on $3.21 and CHC lowest on $2.60. Lots of other comparative figures….

  6. Sekhmet Bast Ra, 8. October 2017, 11:49

    Concessions for people with disabilities have always been available via the card issued by the WCC. GWRC plans to eliminate the old style disability concession card and force the disabled to use a Snapper card if they wish to claim disability concessions. As all smart people know, ‘smart’ = monitored. If one uses a Snapper card, the authorities know who you are and when and where you embarked and disembarked. Electronic ticketing smart cards generate secondary profit via collecting data on the movements of individuals which is then sold to whichever faceless corporation is willing to pay for it. This data is then added to the rest of the data they have collected about the individual. Anyone who chooses to use a smart card for ticketing purposes is being a compliant member of the surveillance state.