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* Wellington City Bus Users pay a much higher percentage of the cost of their bus service than the rest of the Greater Wellington Region
* This means Wellington City bus users are being overcharged by millions every year to support bus services in other cities
* Wellington City bus fares are too high and could be reduced by changing from 3 zones to 2 zones for the city

Wellington City has High Public Transport Fares

[Note: The information in this post is the basis for the DomPost story “Wellington City bus commuters ‘ripped off’ by new bus network and higher fares” also published today.]

In July 2018, when the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) changed Wellington bus service, it also changed the public transport (PT) fares.… Read more ...

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* When it is finally working, is the new Wellington bus network better than the previous?

* This post compares the pre-July 2018 bus timetables with current timetables, and evidence shows that the new peak bus service is often less frequent and slower than it was before.  … Read more ...

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  • The Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) has finalised its Long Term Plan including key decisions on rates funding
  • Regional council final decisions on Transport Rates and rates funding for flood protection mean a multi-million dollar increase in their rates demand for Wellington City … Wellington City residents are worst hit
  • The GWRC will now increase the average Wellington City Household rates bill by over $200/year … and no-one noticed!
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  • The GWRC is changing how the Transport Rates that fund the regions PT service is allocated to ratepayers. They claim that this change means Hutt Valley, South Wairarapa and Porirua pay a bit less toward public transport than they do now, while residents in Wellington city, Kāpiti and Masterton pay a bit more”.
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The Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) claims Wellington public transport commuters needs a fare increase to fund cost increases.  So what happened to the many millions in cost savings they previously announced when they awarded the rail service to TransDev and most of the bus services to Transit ?… Read more ...

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  • In the Farebox Recovery Calculations, Rail Operating Costs have increased by $17.9M.
  • However, only $8.4M of rail costs were funded as Direct Operating Costs in 2017/18
  • Over half the $17.9M rail operating cost increase is from an additional rail cost item. 
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  • The new fares will lead to a net loss of $3.0M in Bus Fare Revenue and $2.7M in Rail Fare Revenue.
  • Bus fare revenue is paying a much higher percentage of bus operating costs than rail fare revenue is for rail costs  This means that for every $1.00 a Wellington bus user pays in fares, 9 cents will be going towards the cost of rail services.
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  • In 2016 the GWRC announced it expects a multi-million dollar PT cost saving from its new passenger rail PTOM contract with TransDev.
  • In 2017 the GWRC announced it also expects multi-million dollar PT cost savings from its new bus PTOM contracts.
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  • The 2018/19 Fare Review reported these Farebox Recovery Ratios: Rail 49.9%; Bus 59.6%; Total 55.1%.
  • The report recommended a 3% fare increase is needed.
  • The supporting spreadsheet based these ratios on the following: Rail Revenue: $51.4M; Rail Cost: $103.1M; Bus Revenue: $50.3M; Bus Cost: $84.4M.
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