Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

Fuel price rises leads to Metro fares increase

June 11, 2008

MEDIA STATEMENT

Fuel price rises leads to Metro fares increase

ECan is putting up bus fares by ten to 15 per cent from July 7, 2008, to keep pace with fuel cost increases.

The chair of the public transport portfolio Cr Carole Evans said the rise had been foreshadowed in the draft annual plan. The last time Metro fares went up was three years ago.

“We have the best public transport service in New Zealand and with fuel prices spiralling, more people are leaving their cars behind for daily travel,” said Cr Evans.

Metro popularity is continuing to grow in Christchurch at around 6 per cent annually. The April 2008 growth was almost 20 per cent up on April 2007 in both Christchurch and Timaru. “Patronage in Christchurch is likely to be around 16.6 million trips annually to the end of June, a big rise on 15.7 million the year before,” Cr Evans said.

The cost of Metro services is shared between regional council rates, central government subsidies, and fares. ECan aims to have the income from fares covering between 40 per cent and 60 per cent of the total cost of the service.

The new fares, as of July 7, will increase for one-way adult trips within Christchurch’s zone 1 (most of the city) from $2.50 to $2.80 cash, and adult Metrocard (discount) fare from $1.90 to $2.10.

Zone 2 fares (for example to Lincoln) would increase to $3 Metrocard and $4 cash.

Zone 3 fares (for example to Waimakariri District) would remain the same at $3.75 Metrocard and $5 cash.

In each case the Metrocard discount is 25 per cent of the cash fare. Weekly travel for adults using a Metrocard within Zone 1 is capped at $21 regardless of how many trips are taken over the seven days. Around 80 per cent of Metro users use a Metrocard.


ENDS

/ Adult // Child /
/ Cash / Metrocard / Discount // Cash / Metrocard / Discount
Zone 1 / $2.80 / $2.10 / 25% // $1.40 / $1.05 / 25%
Zone 2 / $4.00 / $3.00 / 25% // $2.00 / $1.50 / 25%
Zone 3 / $5.00 / $3.75 / 25% // $2.50 / $1.90 / 25%

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Back Again: Government Approves TPP11 Mandate

The Government has approved a negotiating mandate for Trans-Pacific Partnership 11 (TPP11), which will ensure New Zealand businesses remain competitive in overseas markets.

Trade Minister Todd McClay says New Zealand will be pushing for the minimal number of changes possible to the original TPP agreement, something that the remaining TPP11 countries have agreed on. More>>

ALSO:

.

 
 

Gordon Campbell: On Why Labour Isn’t Responsible For Barnaby Joyce

As a desperate Turnbull government tries to treat the Barnaby Joyce affair as a Pauline Hanson fever dream – blame it on the foreigners! We’re the victims of the dastardly New Zealand Labour Party! – our own government has chosen to further that narrative, and make itself an accomplice. More>>

ALSO:

Rail: Greens Back Tauranga – Hamilton – Auckland Service

The Green Party today announced that it will trial a passenger rail service between Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga starting in 2019, when it is in government. More>>

ALSO:

Housing: Voluntary Rental Warrant Of Fitness For Wellington

Wellington City Council is partnering with the University of Otago, Wellington, to launch a voluntary Rental Warrant of Fitness for minimum housing standards in Wellington, Mayor Justin Lester has announced. More>>

ALSO:

Treaty: Agreement In Principle Signed With Moriori

“The Crown acknowledges Moriori was left virtually landless from 1870, hindering its cultural, social and economic development. The Crown also acknowledges its contribution to the myths that the people of Moriori were racially inferior and became extinct." More>>

ALSO:

Susan Devoy: Call For Inquiry Into State Abuse Reaches UN

Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy is in Geneva and has asked a United Nations committee to urge the New Zealand government to initiate an inquiry into the physical and sexual abuse of children and disabled people held in state institutions. More>>

ALSO:

(Not National): Cross-Party Agreement On Pike River Re-Entry

The commitment was signed this afternoon by the leaders of Labour, United Future, The Maori Party, and the Green Party and, together with the earlier commitment by New Zealand First, means that there is now a Parliamentary majority behind the families’ fight for truth and justice. More>>

ALSO:

Earlier:

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election