Auckland commuters may soon get cheaper and more consistent travel through a zone-based fare system which would allow unlimited travel within a certain area and timeframe.
Auckland Council's Transport Committee will tomorrow discuss different options for integrated ticketing and is expected to adopt the system after pulling out of a deal with electronic card supplied Snapper last month.
Despite the introduction of integrated ticketing, like the HOP Card, the current fare system does not adequately support the city's public transport goals, city officers believe.
At present, short trips can cost more than long trips because of stage boundaries.
For example a train trip from Morningside to Grafton is two stages, while the much longer trip between Kingsland and Britomart is one. As each route has its own stage boundaries, there are a number of anomalies in the system for trips from one point to another.
A train trip from Sylvia Park to Britomart is three stages, but three to five stages by bus, depending on which bus is taken.
The new system would mean that users could have unlimited travel within a certain number of zones across a certain time period.
Auckland Transport scrapped the contract with Snapper after it failed to meet deadlines to change to the new system.
Auckland Transport plans to introduce a new "AT Hop" card that passengers can use on trains, ferries and buses. The card would be swapped out for old HOP cards next year and would come into effect on trains and ferries over the next two months.
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