Gold Hop card
Auckland’s SuperGold concession holders will have access to a newly designed card this year
SuperGold cardholders will need to update to an Auckland Transport (AT) Hop card with a SuperGold concession loaded on to the card to continue enjoying their public transport concession in Auckland.
General manager of AT Metro Mark Lambert says the Ministry of Transport reviewed the SuperGold card free public transport scheme last year and the switch to an AT HOP card with a SuperGold concession presents a number of benefits to seniors and the scheme.
According to the Ministry of Transport, in financial year 2015-2016, the cost of the SuperGold scheme is estimated to be $28 million.
Switching SuperGold public transport use to the AT HOP card will also reduce improper use of the SuperGold concession and permit improved planning of public transport services making the scheme more sustainable, reducing taxpayer and ratepayer costs.
Lambert says seniors using public transport in Auckland who do not yet have an AT HOP card will need to purchase one by June 30, at a cost of $15.
"We’re working with the Ministry of Transport and directly with seniors’ advocacy groups to make the process as easy as possible for seniors," he says.
AT is also making an information pack available to all SuperGold cardholders, advising seniors of the changes and explaining how to purchase an AT HOP card and load a SuperGold concession.
"We have worked directly with seniors in focus groups to ensure the information provided is clear and easy to understand," Lambert says.
SuperGold card users purchasing an AT HOP card from May 9 will be issued with a specially designed, distinctive gold AT HOP card.
However, blue AT HOP cards loaded with a SuperGold concession will continue to be accepted after July 1, 2016.
Lambert says SuperGold public transport benefits in Auckland will not change at this time.
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