Auckland Transport’s board meeting – where we usually get the monthly ridership results from – is not till late June but they’ve published the April results. We’ve become used to seeing impressive ridership growth on Auckland’s PT network as the numbers for each month come in significantly higher than the same month the year before. However April this year was always going to be a tough month to see that trend continue as the calendar conspired against it. That’s because the combination of Easter being in April this year plus with when weekends fell, there were only 17 working days in the month compared to 20 last year. That’s significant because working days see over 3 times the number of trips as weekend and public holiday days do.
Yet, perhaps as a show of just how fast public transport use is increasing in Auckland, overall the number of trips in April was only 2.7% less than in April last year and our Rapid Transit Network still managed to log growth. Here are the headline numbers for April:
- Total – 6.84m (-2.7%)
- Rapid Transit – 1.92m (+1.8%)
- Train – 1.52m (+1.4%)
- Busway – 404k (+3.5%)
- Other buses – 4.40m (-4.7%)
- Ferry – 519k (-0.7%)
For rail, the 12 month rolling number is sitting at just under 19 million and assuming the growth has continued in May, we will almost certainly be over that mark now.
We’ll have to wait to see the formal AT stats to see the weekday usage but here is the result to March showing just how much this measure has increased in recent years with around 80k trips per day in March. If we follow previous trends we will be in for another big year of growth.
The information for Wellington for April is also available. Wellington has been experiencing PT growth but not to anywhere near the same extend as Auckland does. As such the fewer working days in April this year have impacted the numbers far more than happened in Auckland. The key changes are listed below:
- Bus – 1.78m (-9%)
- Train – 939k (-17%)
- Ferry 16.7k (-17%)
At least May has the same number of working days, giving us a more fair comparison to use.