Fairer fare zones from Auckland Transport

Public transport zones in Auckland have changed in an attempt to make fares simpler

Fairer fare zones from Auckland Transport
Fares are now based on the start and end points of the journey. IMAGE: Auckland Transport

Auckland Transport (AT) has recently made changes to the public transport zoning system in an effort to simplify the way fares are calculated.

The ‘Simpler Fares’ system was implemented on August 14, meaning fares are now based on the start and end points of the journey rather than the method chosen by the commuter.

In a press release, AT explained the changes to the fare system:

"Your fare is calculated on your journey from A to B (with a maximum of 5 trips with a 30 minute time from tag off to tag-on for each trip, and journey completed within 4 hours) which is the fairest way of charging for a fare."

"For example a bus trip plus a train trip may be quicker than staying on a single bus for your whole journey."

"Now both options will cost the same so you can choose based on preference not price."

AT has also added ‘zone overlaps areas’ in which two zones cover the same space so commuters have a buffer if only traveling to the border of a zone rather than across it.

With this system, someone travelling from within one zone to a stop slightly past the border of that zone will only be charged for travelling within one zone.

Concessions such as the SuperGold card will still be in effect.

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