Fares fight moves online
Students venting their anger online at imminent fare hikes have caught the attention of Auckland mayor Len Brown.
Alex van der Sande, 18, made a Facebook page to show students the increases they face under the AT Hop card.
The page, Long Live the Northern Bus Pass, gained almost 500 members within its first two days.
Northern passes cost $33 with a student discount for seven days of travel.
The AT Hop card will be rolled out to North Shore buses at the end of this month.
The Torbay engineering student says upper Shore to central city commuters face a 87 per cent jump under the card - even with a discount.
Albany to city travellers will fork out almost $18 more a week on the seven-day pass.
Alex says the only travellers who benefit are those going from Akoranga to Symonds St - a $2.90 decrease - on the 5-day northern pass.
All the information was found in an Auckland Transport brochure, something Alex says is deceptive.
Outraged students heard from Len Brown's Facebook page, saying he would ask senior Auckland Transport officers to investigate.
Students want a 40 to 45 per cent tertiary discount on the card, Alex says.
Buying a $190 adult monthly pass on the proposed discount would work out to about the same as students now pay, he says.
But it leaves no flexibility for students as bus needs change depending on class and exam time, he says.
Auckland Transport has previously refused to answer questions from the North Shore Times about fare increases due to the AT Hop card.
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