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Last updated 05:00 21/03/2014

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Public transport use is up but are people happy with the service? Karina Abadia reports.

More and more people are ditching the car for a bus or train.

January saw a jump of 3.3 per cent in the number of trips made using public transport.

The number of train trips was up 7.6 per cent in January compared to the same month last year and patronage of bus services other than the Northern Express was up by almost 5 per cent compared to January last year.

Auckland Transport public transport group manager Mark Lambert says the increase for rail is pleasing considering the disruption to services in January because of ongoing work to electrify the rail network.

Over the past three years the number of trips made by train over January has increased from 527,004 to 588,574 but the bus is still the preferred option for many. The number of bus trips jumped from 3,240,421 to 3,556,897.

On an average weekday some 236,000 trips are taken on public transport in the region and Aucklanders are now travelling on more than 200,000 AT HOP cards.

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