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Free off-peak travel takes off around North Shore


Darien Fenton
Labour MP

1 October 2008

Free off-peak travel takes off around North Shore and Rodney

SuperGold Card holders across North Shore will be eligible for free off-peak public transport travel from today.

Labour MP Darien Fenton says North Shore and Rodney residents are among 135,200 SuperGold Card holders in the Auckland region gaining from concessions rolled out by Auckland Regional Transport Authority, with local superannuitants and veterans pocketing their share of $18m a year nationwide in Labour-led government funding.

"Just flash your SuperGold card and you'll get a free ride on public transport between 9am and 3pm and after 6.30pm on weekdays, and any time on weekends and public holidays," said Darien Fenton.

Under new deal, local card holders will save $5.70 on a Devonport Ferry return trip; $6.50 on a return trip from Albany to Britomart; and and the return bus ride between Orewa and Auckland will save $6.50. Auckland Regional Transport Authority is offering offer free services from 9am onwards.

"Most people aged 65 and over do the lions share of their public transport travel at off-peak times. Nationwide, they make about eight million trips a year on buses and trains, so public transport is vital for active seniors who still want to get about but who these days would rather not be driving.

"At last count, 135,192 people in Auckland region hold SuperGold cards, and I hope even more locals will get hold of a card and take advantage of the concessions."

Card holders 65 and over can from 1 October also get $500 off the cost of new hearing aids, plus discounts of other services and social activities in their local communities. There is a wealth of information available at www.supergold.govt.nz.

1 October heralds a bunch of other bonuses for older New Zealanders in Auckland, including tax cuts and NZ Super increases, with married couples better off by $45.88 a fortnight and singles living alone gaining an extra $23.84 a fortnight.

The younger families of card holders are also seeing increases to Working for Families payments and personal tax cuts for working people. There is an easy tax cut calculator at www.labour08.co.nz.

"Labour’s fair and affordable tax cuts and Working for Families increases will put more money in the pockets of working people, families and superannuitants. We can afford all this now because we’ve built up the economy for tougher times, so you can trust Labour to keep up investment in better public services like cheaper doctors’ visits and lower prescription charges."

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