Some interesting developments today in the ongoing fiasco, with Auckland Transport now apparently denying they’ve kicked Snapper out of negotiations to provide the bus solution on NZ Bus services. Here’s the latest report:
Auckland Transport is denying speculation that Snapper been dumped from a project to unite the city’s public transport infrastructure under a single electronic billing system.
Several media reports this morning claimed the transport authority’s board met yesterday to drop the firm and rescue the $98 million Hop project after the Snapper technology used by NZ Bus, the city’s biggest bus operator, proved incompatible with the overall billing system.
Snapper Services, the sister company of NZ Bus, was given the opportunity for its cards to become compatible with those of Thales, the French company which won the contract to provide an integrated ticketing system for Auckland transport.
This compares with earlier reports that Auckland Transport will pay for replacement ticketing machines on all NZ Bus buses, which was reported on Morning Report this morning, and was in the print version of the NZ Herald (but isn’t online for some reason) today. A few more comments from Auckland Transport don’t shed much light either:
Sharon Hunter, a spokesperson for Auckland Transport, said it was still working with Snapper on the project.
But she did admit there was “still some discussion” around whether the project will meet its scheduled November 30 launch date.
Why on earth is it so difficult for AT to just tell us what’s happening?