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2 comments:

  1. Cr Paul Bruce, 27. February 2013, 11:58

    Wellington already has the highest farebox recovery of any region in the country, and there are strong signals that ability to pay is stopping modal shift to public transport. In this time of rising costs, decreasing employment, any fare rise will be counter productive, and will inhibit patronage growth.

    Any movement towards public transport from car use, brings of course benefits to the whole community through fewer accidents, improved health outcomes from decreased pollution and increased activity. Thus I opposed the fare rise, and recommended that any short fall in farebox revenue, if it occurs, shift to rates.

     
  2. Cr Daran Ponter, 27. February 2013, 23:25

    Worth noting that three regional councillors opposed the fare increases – Paul Bruce, Nigel Wilson and Daran Ponter.

    Also worth noting is the fact that Wellington bus users are paying significantly more for their ride than train users. The difference in ticket prices comes out at hundreds of dollars more per annum for regular Wellington bus commuters.

    Just another reason why Wellington can’t get integrated ticketing fast enough!

     

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