9 Feb 2010

Steep rise for capital's public transport fares

4:03 pm on 9 February 2010

Some public transport fares in Wellington could be set to rise by up to 50%.

Three shortlisted options from the regional council's annual fare review have been put before a committee meeting on Tuesday.

Commuters avoided a fare rise last year, but the council says it needs its fare revenue to rise by 3%.

The council says it prefers smaller, more regular fare increases to larger more infrequent ones.

Bus passengers would be hit hardest under the proposals.

One-zone cash concessions and adult tickets would rise by 50 cents each to $1.50 and $2 respectively.

The $1 city-section fare could be removed altogther, or increased by 50c.

If approved, the fare changes would begin in September.