Half-price public transport to reduce the cost of living
From April to the end of June 2022, charges on Auckland’s AT Metro network will be halved.
As the cost of living crisis continues to affect New Zealanders, a series of government measures have been introduced to help kiwis cope with rising price pressure. From April 1 to June 30, public transport fares will fall by 50%, providing travelers with crucial access to public services when they need them most.
Half-price public transport is part of a larger package to help New Zealanders cope with the cost of living crisis, caused by a global spike in energy prices and price inflation at following the Covid-19 pandemic. The support package also includes a reduction of 25 cents in gasoline excise duties and road charges between April and June.
For Aucklanders, half-price fares are available on a range of public transport services to help people get to work, visit family and friends or discover what our most great city has to offer.
Discounted fares are available for one-way and monthly AT Hop passes for most bus, train and ferry services*. The price of an AT HOP card has also been reduced from $10 to $5 for a limited time, making it easier than ever for Aucklanders to get around.
Aucklanders who live close to train and bus services have a unique opportunity to try AT services for the next three months and experience how fast and reliable they are. For those unused to taking public transportation, the AT Trip Planner and AT Mobile App can help people get started.
According to Auckland Transport, the 50% price cut will save passengers around $10 million in bus, train and ferry fares over the next three months. With discounted deals available across the city, the public network will provide Aucklanders with a great alternative to driving.
There’s never been a better time to take advantage of public transport. With petrol prices between $2.70 and $3 per liter in Auckland, people have a great opportunity to save money. As the price of parking hits $20 a day in Auckland’s CBD, Kiwis can save crucial dollars as the cost of living crisis continues.
As we move past the peak of the Omicron outbreak and return to a new normal, the tariff cuts will also provide a welcome boost to workers returning to the office after Auckland’s recent lockdowns. Half-price trips will help Aucklanders get back to their usual routines after changing their ways during Covid. It is encouraging to see the impact of half-price fares with the increase in public transport ridership over the past three weeks.
With face mask protocols and thorough cleaning routines, travelers can safely access AT services during the pandemic. Due to stringent safety procedures, public health authorities recognized public transportation as a low-risk environment during the Omicron outbreak.
Public transport also provides Aucklanders with a more sustainable means of transportation as the city seeks to reduce its carbon emissions and our historic reliance on cars.
Buses, trains and ferries offer a much more sustainable and efficient way to move people, and the Half Fare initiative should boost national efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and put us on the right track. of achieving our climate goals.
Half-price public transport arrives at the right time, with the approach of the school holidays. If you have friends or whānau visiting, or want to explore the city during the school holidays, this discounted offer will make traveling much cheaper this Easter. And don’t forget that children aged 5 to 15 also travel free on weekends with a named HOP card.
50% discount on fares. Join Epic Tap ‘n’ Go Today www.at.govt.nz for more information
*Includes all bus, train and most ferry services*
* 50% offer applies to AT hourly bus, train and ferry services, excluding Waiheke and tourist ferries.
Applies until June 30, 2022. For more details, visit AT.govt.nz
Payment by AT HOP card or cash tickets purchased at AT HOP terminals. The purchase of a $5 AT HOP card is for a limited time and does not apply to preloaded cards.
AT HOP conditions apply, visit AT.govt.nz/athopterms