RPTP update: Integrated Fares, LRT and more

In 2013 Auckland Transport adopted the current Regional Public Transport Plan (RPTP) – a document required by legislation and which sets out how the regions public transport system will be developed and operated. The 2013 RPTP was significant as among other things it officially added the New Network to Auckland’s plans.…
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Changes to the draft RPTP

In October last year, Auckland Transport released the draft version of the new Regional Public Transport Plan and it was nothing short of revolutionary. For the first time in who knows how many decades, the decision was made to finally tackle one of the biggest issues with the public transport system, our mess of a bus network.…
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Fairer fare zones

One of the most discussed parts of the draft Regional Public Transport Plan seems to have turned out to be the proposed fare zone map. My fellow bloggers Mr Anderson and Stu Donovan discussed the zones in previous posts, while today’s NZ Herald also quotes Labour MP Phil Twyford’s criticism of the proposed boundaries.…
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Improving our Farebox Recovery

Whether you support improved public transport or not, one thing that everyone probably agrees on is that we need to improve the efficiency of our PT services, particularly in regards to the level of subsidies required. Long time readers of the blog may remember a policy change the NZTA made a while ago called the Farebox Recovery Policy which set an arbitrary limit as to the amount of operating costs that need to be paid for by passengers.…
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Does Brian Rudman need some new glasses?

It might be time for Brian Rudman to get some new glasses as in his latest piece he seems to have been confused by various route maps in the draft Regional Public Transport Plan. What is alarming is the fate of Queen St, which in 2007 got a $40 million makeover, complete with nikau palms and Chinese granite paving.…
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Showing the benefits of the new PT network

I love the proposed new PT network that Auckland Transport has announced but if there is one Achilles heel to it, it is that the general public might not comprehend just how much of an improvement the network is. People get very attached to their specific routes so anything that suggest changes to that can cause people to become concerned and opposed.…
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Thinking about fare zones

One of the most interesting piece of information in the Draft Regional Public Transport Plan – along with the fabulous new bus network – is a first look at the possible zone boundaries for Auckland’s new integrated fares system. This is shown in the map below: Setting zone boundaries and coming up with the preferred number of zones must be one heck of a difficult task as there are so many things to balance:The fewer zones you have, the easier the system is to understand The more zones you have, the less likely fares will change much from their current level and the lower chances there are of massive arbitrary jumps in fares The lower the fare is for each zone, the less farebox recovery there will be The higher the fare is, the more people who will be put off catching PT by the costAuckland does have the advantage of a natural geography which splits the city relatively neatly into different parts.…
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