End of the line for family rail pass
Families may have to find another way to travel on a budget as Auckland Transport has made family rail passes much harder to get hold of.
The popular $24 day ticket, for up to two adults and four children, was used by 15,000 people in the 12 months up to June 2012.
With the roll out of AT Hop cards and related services last week it became more difficult for families to buy the pass.
New Thales vending machines would not offer it and they would not be sold on trains.
The passes are still available, but only from ticketing offices at Britomart, Newmarket, New Lynn and a temporary office opening in Papakura today. A permanent office will open there on November 19.
Auckland Transport spokeswoman Sharon Hunter would say only that family passes remained in place at this stage.
"These can be purchased in advance so that someone does not have to travel in on the day to pre-purchase," she said.
Hunter said the pass would continue to be offered for major events such as the Santa parade.
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