Rise for Auckland

Patronage on Auckland’s public transport network has risen thanks to network improvements

Patronage on Auckland’s public transport has risen 8 per cent in the last 12 month which is attributed to a range of improvements made by Auckland Transport.

Total annual patronage has reached 75 million for the first time, a rise of 8 per cent compared to the 12 months to November 2013.

There has been an increase of 5.7 million passenger trips since December 2013, an extra 15,620 trips each day on average.

The growth is a result of various public transport improvements over recent months including new electric trains, improved frequency of services on rail and bus, better rail and bus service on-time performance and the roll-out of AT HOP integrated ticketing.

Bus patronage has grown strongly reaching 57.6 million, including 2.6 million for the Northern Express, meaning an annual rise of 14 per cent.

Auckland Mayor Len Brown says: "Aucklanders are getting out of their cars and on to public transport as soon as we can roll it out".

"Seventy-five million passenger trips is an impressive milestone, but this is just the start," he says.

Further improvements on the way include the completion of the roll-out of electric trains, the redesign of the bus network to provide a network of high frequency services in a hub-and-spoke configuration, integrated fares, continuing focus on on-time performance and new service orientated and performance focused contractual arrangements with service providers through the Public Transport Operating Model (PTOM).

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