Home' The Wellingtonian : March 22nd 2012 Contents 13
THE WELLINGTONIAN, MARCH 22, 2012
Summer events going strong!
Greater Wellington is looking at how fares for Metlink buses,
trains and harbour ferries are charged and we ll soon be
asking you to tell us what you think
Greater Wellington creates the Metlink fare structure for the Wellington region and
we also set the amount for fares.
This review looks at the structure of fares and how they are charged. It is separate
from the annual review of fare amounts. The last fare structure review was done
six years ago and resulted in the current zoning system which charges fares on the
distance travelled. There are 14 zones throughout the region. One of the issues
being considered in this review is whether there should be fewer zones.
As well as reviewing the zoning system we ll be looking at payment methods, such
as cash, 10-trips, monthlies and smartcards. Greater Wellington s priority is to move
to integrated ticketing, where you pay for all your public transport travel with just
the one card. But integrated ticketing works best with electronic ticketing, which the
trains don t have yet.
The review will also consider the level of discounts available for child and multi-trip
tickets -- there is currently a discount of at least 20% on pre-paid cards and multi-trip
tickets and some discounts for off-peak journeys.
We ll be looking at the kinds of concessions we offer and whether these need to be
changed or more added. There is currently a concession for children, who pay about
half a standard adult fare.
Kev the Wandering Kiwi and
Ashton Lloyd. Kev was a hit
with kids this summer
More than 80 people enjoyed a stunning
evening at Hikoi Ki Whitireia in Whitireia Park,
Thousands ocked to regional parks
and forests this summer for the Great
Outdoors summer events programme.
There were highlights aplenty... and
it s not over yet
The Great Outdoors 2012 programme began in
January with more than 70 events -- most of them
free or low-cost. Parks Manager Amanda Cox shares
the highlights so far:
"It started with a bang -- over 230 children and
parents joined the rst Kev the Wandering Kiwi and
Sport Wellington walk of the season at the Tunnel
Gully Recreation Area in Upper Hutt.
"Another highlight was a new event: the Hikoi Ki
Whitireia -- Whitireia History Walk. On a stunning
February evening, 88 people joined Ngäti Toa
Rangatira and Greater Wellington for a guided
walk in Whitireia Park to learn more about the
area s rich heritage and its signi cance for Ngäti
"Old favourites were fully subscribed within a few
weeks, such as the Rimutaka Rail Trails, 4WD tours
in Battle Hill Farm Forest Park, and Lighthouse
and Lakes walks in East Harbour Regional Park s
Parangarahu Lakes Block [formerly the Pencarrow
"Much of the feedback compliments the volunteers
-- including individuals, community groups and
recreational clubs -- who partner with Greater
Wellington for many of the events. The Great
Outdoors programme wouldn t succeed without
With a few weeks of the Great Outdoors left,
there s still fun to be had.
Check if there s anything coming up in the rest of
the 2012 programme that suits you, and make sure
you get in quick when the 2013 programme comes
out at the end of the year.
But don t pack away your walking shoes -- make
sure you visit a regional park this winter. The fresh
air and exercise is a great antidote to the winter
doldrums. And anybody can join one of our winter
planting days, just check out our website for details.
Old favourites were fully
subscribed within weeks
There s still fun to be had
SuperGold card holders get free off-peak travel on public transport but this concession
is funded by the Government, not Greater Wellington, so is not part of the review.
All options are on the table at this stage but we are constrained by Greater Wellington s
limited transport budget. Our farebox recovery policy also requires public transport
fares to cover at least 55% of Greater Wellington s public transport costs, so this also
limits the number of concessions and discounts we can provide.
After the current fares structure has been reviewed and options have been explored,
you will be asked in May or June for your opinion on some proposed changes. We
expect to put changes in place from 2013.
What kinds of fare concessions should we offer?
Should there be fewer zones?
We're reviewing the fare structure for Metlink buses, trains and harbour ferries
Links Archive March 15th 2012 March 29th 2012 Navigation Previous Page Next Page