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Government boosts public transport funding

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Staff Reporter

21 June 2024, 6:04 PM

Government boosts public transport fundingHibiscus Coast commuters will soon benefit from a unified ticketing system.

The government has announced a record 41% increase in funding for public transport services and operations, along with the rollout of a National Ticketing Solution (NTS), Transport Minister Simeon Brown said.

“This government is committed to supporting public transport to provide more travel choices for New Zealanders," Brown said.

"The NZ Transport Agency Board has confirmed indicative funding from the National Land Transport Fund for public transport services and operations will increase by 41% compared to funding allocated between 2021 and 2024."

The funding boost aims to deliver reliable services to commuters nationwide.

Alongside the funding increase, the introduction of contactless debit and credit card payments for public transport users through the NTS will enhance convenience and consistency across the country.

This rollout will begin in Auckland later this year, followed by Timaru in December 2024, Christchurch in early 2025, and all other regions by the end of 2026.

“This solution will enable the public to choose the payment method that works best for them,” Brown said.

“This includes contactless debit or credit cards, as well as digital payment methods like Apple Pay and Google Pay on mobile phones and smart watches, while still having the option of a pre-paid transit card.”

The NTS aims to provide a unified ticketing system, allowing local councils and transport operators to better monitor demand and allocate resources effectively.

This system is expected to drive better value for money and make public transport easier to use for New Zealanders.

“Our government is committed to investing in reliable public transport services and technology so that local councils can deliver the services New Zealanders need,” Brown said.