29 Oct 2020

Greater Wellington Regional Council approves fare increase on public transport

12:05 pm on 29 October 2020

A 1.5 percent price hike will be imposed on Wellington public transport users from February next year.

A new bus poised for the morning commute.

Metlink bus (file image). Photo: RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King

The Greater Wellington Regional Council approved the fare increase after a year which has seen reduced patronage due to Covid-19.

For the past 12 months, there has been a price freeze on tickets.

Transport Committee chair Roger Blakeley said while there had been a rebound in people using public transport, there was the risk of a financial shortfall.

He said with a minor price increase, they would be able to guarantee continued provision of good public transport, without pricing it from those who relied on it the most.

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