Free rides on Auckland's public transport for children start in September

6:23 pm on 22 May 2019

Children will be able to ride free on Auckland's public transport at weekends and public holidays from September.

The 125X at Westgate's interim bus hub

Photo: RNZ / Todd Niall

The council's finance and performance committee has approved plans to set aside $643,000 to make the city's buses, trains and some ferries free for those aged up to 16-years-old during these times.

Auckland Transport estimates the fare free weekends will increase patronage by around 900,000 trips.

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff said the free trips would encourage more people onto public transport at times when there were spare seats.

Waiheke buses are included in the free fares but ferries to and from the island will be exempt.

The plan is expected to be signed off by Auckland Council as part of its budget process.