7 Sep 2019

A free ride: Bid to attract next generation of Auckland public transport users begins

2:54 pm on 7 September 2019

From today children can travel for free on weekends on Auckland Transport's bus, train and some ferry services.

One of Auckland's 57 new electric trains at Henderson Station

Each child needs an Auckland Transport HOP card with a child concession to be eligible for free travel. Photo: Supplied/Auckland Transport

To ride for free, children aged from 5 to 15 need to use a registered Auckland Transport HOP card with a child concession.

Children under five already travel for free with a paying adult.

Auckland mayor Phil Goff said the free travel would encourage the next generation of public transport users.

"Making public transport free for under sixteens on weekends and public holidays will encourage more people to leave their cars at home and use existing capacity.

"Every person on public transport is one less car on the roads, helping to reduce carbon emissions and traffic congestion."

A council spokesperson said it could take up to 72 hours after registration for the concession to be applied.

Free public transport for children will also apply on public holidays.

The change is part of a $1.1 million contribution from Auckland Council towards public transport initiatives announced earlier in the year.

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