10 Aug 2023

Public transport use jumps for first time since pandemic

From Morning Report, 6:14 am on 10 August 2023

Public transport usage in New Zealand has jumped for the first time since the pandemic began, according to a new report.

Consulting firm EY's mobility consumer index report has found public transport usage is up 24 percent on this time last year - the biggest of all countries surveyed. But only when it's convenient, as 68 percent of Kiwis get back in their cars if the trip involves multiple modes of transport.

Chris Money is a partner at EY New Zealand and works in Strategy and Transactions.

Money spoke to Ingrid Hipkiss.