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


Full Steam Ahead On Electronic Ticketing

07 December, 2009

Snapper Continuing Full Steam Ahead On Electronic Ticketing In Auckland
But Happy To Work Closely With NZTA

Snapper Services Ltd moved today to clear up apparent confusion about emerging competition to introduce electronic ticketing for public transport in Auckland, with the objective of having integrated ticketing on most Auckland public transport by the Rugby World Cup in 2011.

Snapper chairman Paul Ridley-Smith says the company is very serious about the major Auckland market and has never made any secret about its intention to be a major player, having invested significantly in building its Snapper operation.

“We are by far the biggest player in this field, with a proven, accurate system in place in Wellington which has successfully handled 15 million transactions in a little over the year. Naturally we want to roll that out nationally, in a way that is compatible with agreed national standards, but we are so far ahead of the game, that no national standards yet exist.

“We expect to make a contribution in determining those standards, because it is in everyone’s interests for every participant supplying cards, computer software or card reading equipment to meet those standards, so that all cards can be accepted throughout New Zealand. Multiple suppliers meeting a national need, is the most likely way things will develop, and today’s announcement by the Auckland Regional Transport Authority makes no difference to this vision.”

The Snapper system is now fully proven, with a third of Wellington commuters already carrying a Snapper card and the numbers growing daily. The technology we are using handles 30 million transactions on buses, trains, and ferries in Seoul every day, and has been modified for New Zealand use.

“More recently we have been saying to ARTA – “Look, we have developed a successful system using our own money, and we can accommodate all Auckland’s needs on this system without ratepayers and taxpayers spending tens of millions of dollars on infrastructure, or running the risk of cost overruns or delays (which in Sydney and Melbourne are now hundreds of millions of dollars and years of delay).

“Why ARTA wants to persevere with building a duplicate system, now revealed as costing Auckland ratepayers and central Government $47 million plus undisclosed annual operating costs (previously budgeted at $65 million over 10 years) plus undisclosed equipment costs to the operators, when it is also looking for ways of cutting public expenditure on public transport, is a question only they can answer. We had previously offered to provide everything they want more quickly, far more cheaply and with far less risk, using the proven and available Snapper system.

“ Our announcement last week that NZ Bus will use our system will make electronic ticketing available for more than half of all public transport trips in Auckland before kick-off – we have got Auckland off to a flying start, and we are very happy to work with ARTA to get integrated ticketing across all public transport forms by then.

“Integrated ticketing is a key Auckland public transport objective. So far, we’ve done more to make it a reality than anyone, and we would like to keep that momentum going and help give Auckland the public transport system it deserves. No one player will provide every component of it, either in Auckland or nationally, and Snapper will certainly work with other participants to help ensure compatibility.”


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Last Night’s Leaders Debate

Do political debates change voter intentions, and cause voters to switch sides? According to a 2019 Harvard Business School study conducted across 61 elections in nine countries involving 172,000 respondents, the answer would seem to be a resounding “No.” Political debates have little effect on voter behaviour, let alone on election outcomes. Crucially, the limited effect they do have does not involve a change in voters’ policy preferences... More>>


Government: More Border Exceptions For Critical Roles

The Government has established class exceptions for border entry for a limited number of veterinarians, deep sea fishing crew, as well as agricultural and horticultural machinery operators. “Tight border restrictions remain the backbone of the Government’s ... More>>


PM: Auckland At Bolstered Level 2, Rest Of Country Provisionally At Level 1

Pandemic alert levels for the whole country have been reviewed by Cabinet and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is announcing whether restrictions will be eased. More>>


Labour: Supporting Workers And Valuing Their Contribution

Making sure working New Zealanders are safe, healthy and that their contribution to the economy is valued is at the heart of Labour’s Workplace Relations Policy.
“This is Labour demonstrating its commitment to helping working New Zealanders by increasing sick leave, raising wages, protecting them while they are at work, growing jobs and investing in the economy,”... More>>


PREFU: Economy Doing Better Than Forecast

The Pre-election Economic and Fiscal Update released today shows that the near-term economic recovery has been stronger than the Treasury and many economists predicted at the May Budget, as the economy bounced back strongly out of lockdown... More>>


Electoral Commission: Candidate And Party Lists Released

17 registered political parties and 677 candidates will be contesting the 2020 General Election Nominations have now closed and the Electoral Commission has released the electorate and party list candidates for 2020 online at vote.nz . Advance voting ... More>>

National: Plan To Restore NZ’s Prosperity

National’s Economic and Fiscal Plan carefully balances the need to invest in infrastructure and core public services while also reducing tax pressure on Kiwi families and businesses. National Leader Judith Collins and Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith unveiled National’s ... More>>


NZ First: Party List

New Zealand First has a proven twenty-seven-year history of bringing balance and common sense to our government. Amid the continued setbacks of COVID-19 restrictions, New Zealand First has once again sustained its profile by selecting a strong team ... More>>

Election: Arriving Travellers In Isolation To Be Able To Vote By Telephone

Up to 5,000 people in managed isolation or quarantine will be able to vote by telephone in the general election and referendums after an amendment to electoral regulations last week. Chief Electoral Officer Alicia Wright says the Electoral Commission sought ... More>>

National: Investing In Our Children’s Future

A National Government will prioritise lifting achievement for all New Zealand children, no matter their background or ability, National Party Leader Judith Collins and National’s Education spokesperson Nicola Willis say. “Parents just want what’s best for ... More>>





InfoPages News Channels