Student leaders say increased discounts for students and disabled people travelling on Greater Wellington public transport will have a massive impact on young people.
For many students on the Kapiti Coast, public transport costs have been a significant barrier to study.
Rory Lenihan-Ikin, Victoria University Student Association president, says this has been a long time coming. He says Wellington has really been falling behind when it comes to tertiary discounts on public transport.
Many students travelled from various parts of the region, so the discounts could equate to $30 a week for those travelling from Kapiti.
The Greater Wellington Regional Council yesterday voted almost unanimously to provide 50 per cent fare decreases to blind and disabled passengers, and 25 percent decreases to fulltime tertiary students on the smartcard fare, which is more than 40 per cent off the cash fare.