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Travellers set to notice new squeeze on wallets

Sep 30th, 2010 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News

MONEY PLEASE. Passengers line up to pay their bus fareTHE MULTI-TRIP $6 off-peak get-about bus fare for Wellingtonians is in for a 50% increase from tomorrow.

The DayTripper becomes BusAbout at a cost of $9 so it’s a much worse deal for casual users, says a Karori resident.

With several trips per $6 she used to get $10 value; now she’ll get $13 worth of travel and pay $9.

When GST rises from 12.5% to 15% tomorrow, Greater Wellington Regional Council is adjusting all the fares on public transport it funds.

A cash fare on a bus around the Capital is set for a 100% rise as the standard $1 is going up to $2.

Passengers are set to see a 3% increase across the board on all services, according to the Metlink website.

A trip to Wellington on the train from Paraparaumu will cost 5% more, rising from $10 to $10.50. A 10-trip pass between the two destinations is set for a 2.25% increase from $80 to $81.80 with a monthly pass set for the same percentage rise, $240 to $245.40.

Upper Hutt to Wellington by train will rise 6.25% on standard fares, with a single ticket costing $8.50 compared with the existing $8.

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An increase of 2.3% will apply to the 10-trip, up to $65.50 from $64 and the monthly pass goes up 2.2% from $192 to $196.30.

A trip on the bus from the top of the Hutt Valley to the heart of the Capital is also on the rise. A single trip on the Valley Flyer will cost $11.50, up 4.5%, and a Platinum Card rises 2.7% from $180 to $185.

The increases are regional council policy, says manager of design and development for public transport, Brian Baxter.

“At the moment the passengers pay about half the costs of the services.  Greater Wellington Regional Council pays about 25% and the Government pays about 25%.

“We try to keep the proportions the same. That means if costs go up (as they do) all three parties have to pay a bit extra.”

Discounts disappearing or being rejigged:

  • DayTripper
  • STAR pass
  • Rail Quarterly
  • Group Daytripper
  • Discovery Bus Pass
  • Gold Monthly
  • Go Rider
  • Bus King
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