Fairer fares are a central plank of Green local body transport policy

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Cr Paul Bruce signing VUWSA Pledge card with –
Welfare Vice President Rory Lenihan-
Ikin,  Jonathan Gee  President
Victoria University of Wellington Students Association

Wellingtonian’s love our city… Now we are going to make it even better
with one ticket for all services, smarter capped weekly and daily fares,
& the youth 50% discount extending to tertiary students.

You might question the cost of these policies!
However, before you do that, consider the following:

A smart traffic model indicates (Balanced Transportation Analyzer)
that each person that moves from a private car to public transport,
generates savings to the community rather than costs.

NZTA has calculated the benefits from a shift from car to public transport at $30 a day. Walking to catching a bus or a train, contributes to our health and well-being.

Green fare policies apart for our 50% student fare discount were all approved by Greater Wellington Regional Council four years ago. However, not one aspect has been implemented.

We say that a fairer fare policy must be implemented now.

Lets look at Student fares

Wellingtonians think that our public transport fares are over-priced. Higher fares discourage students from continuing their studies.

Students are having a rough time.

Students pay thousands of dollars for education and yet can’t afford the bus to get to class, despite tertiary institutions contributing around $2 billion to Wellington’s economy.

Students are a special case – and must travel to attend regular classes and tutorials. This is not the case for unemployed.

Students and research graduates obtain research skills crucial for the city – they are the engine house of the economy.

Wellington has the highest fare box recovery of anywhere in New Zealand but is one of few capital cities that does not offer a discount to tertiary students.

GW Officers have modelled a 50% discounted student package, and predicted that to lead to a 14% increase in student patronage –

It will be more and will result in loyal long term customers adopting climate-friendly behaviour patterns – a net benefit to the community.

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Student Friendly Pledge – add your name at http://studentfriendlywellington.nz/

Free transfers

My daughter Paloma is a working professional who teaches opera singing on Saturdays in Scott’s College on Broadway.

The bus journey from town to Strathmore allows her to compile her thoughts for the day and drops her right aside her work.

But it is an expensive journey when you add in the additional bus fare from Brooklyn, resulting in a total cash fare of $8.50 each way.

Under zero transfer fees, the journey would be just two zones of $3.50 instead 2 plus 3 zones and a fare of $8.50.

To work out your zero transfer fee fare, count the number of zones you will travel through, including the ones you will start and finish your journey in.

Who thinks that should Paloma be encouraged to get a license and a car? or should she pay the same rate as others who are lucky enough
to have one direct ride?

A two-hour free transfer was introduced [on Hamilton buses]
and this contributed to a [permanent] 6% jump in off-peak weekday
patronage and a 16% jump in weekend patronage.

Free transfers ought to precede significant route design, and Greater Wellington is taking a great risk, in changing bus routes without doing this in advance.

Capped fares

Daily and monthly passes already allow unlimited trips on trains, including transfers and are effectively a capped fare.

An integrated one ticket for all trips is the easiest way of capping fares for all services.

If the regional council continue to delay integrated ticketing until 2019, then your Green Councillors will continue demanding monthly passes for all services now.

The Green Team says, Fairer fares now!

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