Auckland Transport has kindly sent me some really useful data showing boardings at each station on the rail network for the years between 2003 and 2010. The excel worksheet can be accessed here, and the information is shown below: It’s worth remembering that these are boardings only, and they’re also just a snapshot. Auckland Transport have this to say about the data:
Under the existing manual ticketing system there is no reliable method of regularly recording the numbers using stations. Auckland Transport, and its predecessors, has commissioned annual surveys to monitor long term trends and changes in the usage of the rail system over time. These are “snapshot” surveys that record the number of passenger boardings across the network on what is considered to represent a typical weekday. To avoid the variations that result from holiday periods, the survey is conducted on one day in May of each year.
The first survey was carried out by Gabites Porter in 2003, immediately prior to the opening of Britomart, and was designed to serve as a base against which changes in travel pattern as a result of the introduction of services to Britomart had on the use of trains. Gabites Porter was retained to repeat the survey the following year.
Following the change in operator from August 2004, the surveys for the years 2005 to 2008 were performed under the management of Connex/ Veolia as part of the reporting requirements under their management contract. The original data making up the records for these years has not been independently verified except that queries were raised, and some corrections made, where there appeared to be missing and/or inaccurate data in the original results submitted.
From 2009 ARTA and ARC combined the collection of data for the rail patronage survey with other surveying requirements used to monitor progress towards the achievement of the objectives set out in the Auckland Regional Land Transport Strategy and Traffic Design Group (TDG) was the successful tenderer for this work. TDG was retained for the 2010 surveying round.
It will be good when the HOP system allows an accurate analysis of patronage to be undertaken on a daily basis. Maybe it could be time to think about closing Westfield, Te Mahia and Waitakere stations?