Supergold changes good

The government have confirmed the outcome of their review of the Supergold Card and the outcome appears quite good. The changes are below.Lift the moratorium on new services entering the scheme from 1 September 2015, and apply criteria for new services Cap Crown funding for the scheme at $28.129 million per year for the next five years, with annual Consumer Price Index adjustments to account for inflation Replace individual fare reimbursements for councils with bulk funding Cap Crown funding for exempt services at their current levels, adjusted for CPI Allow tendering on the Waiheke Island route where there is competition Require SuperGold Card holders to purchase smartcards, such as the AT HOP card, as smartcard ticketing systems become available.…
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Super Gold Card changes – a fairer future, or the beginning of the end?

The government has today finally got around to announcing changes to the Super Gold card scheme that provides pensioners with free public transport. Here’s the media release: The Government is putting an extra $9 million towards the SuperGold card public transport scheme as part of a balanced package of measures that will improve efficiency and help ensure the scheme’s long-term viability, Transport Minister Steven Joyce says.…
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Super Gold card being “reviewed”

Perhaps the only good thing Winston Peters ever did for New Zealand’s politics was introduce the “Super Gold Card”, allowing elderly free off-peak travel of public transport. There are a number of reasons why this is a good policy: • It’s a good boost to off-peak public transport services by giving them the patronage they need to operate at decent frequencies.…
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