A public transport shake-up proposes cheaper bus fares for North Shore residents compared to Auckland's poorer areas.
Under a draft zoning plan, by Auckland Transport, Albany residents would receive a cheaper two-zone bus fare than those living south of Otahuhu or west of New Lynn.
Te Atatu MP Phil Twyford said the public transport zones proposed by the council-controlled organisation are unfair to some of Auckland's most deprived communities.
"People in West Auckland and south are low-income families and wage workers who are heavily reliant on public transport. They will be penalised under this system."
Twyford said Auckland Transport should redraw the zoning lines on the map or introduce distance based charging, he said.
"I have spoken against these zones because they are unfair and I don't want to see our community disadvantaged."
The Auckland Regional Public Transport Plan aimed to put frequent bus services within reach of more Aucklanders.
The plan is open for submissions until November 5.
Auckland Transport spokeswoman Sharon Hunter called on the public to make submission if they have any concerns with the plan.
She said the zoning map is historical and is only a proposal.
"This is a draft - it is not set it concrete."
Under the proposal, buses would arrive at least every 15 minutes between 7am and 7pm on popular routes.
Zone-based fare systems would allow unlimited travel in a certain time and area on buses and trains.
Passengers would need to transfer at key interchanges for some trips and also need to walk further to bus stops.
A copy of the draft plan and feedback form can be found on Auckland Transport's website www.aucklandtransport.govt.nz/rptp
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