The journey to make it easier to pay for your bus, train and ferry is a step closer with local and internationally based organisations being invited to register their interest in providing a next generation, national public transport ticketing solution for New Zealand. Nine regional councils who provide public transport services in New Zealand and the New Zealand Transport Agency support the initiative for integrated ticketing.
Wayne Hastie, Chair of the Project Steering Group for GWRC says currently there are approximately 16 different ticketing systems operating in New Zealand which are costly to maintain and provide little choice in the way passengers pay for their travel. We’ve found a way of working together that provides a more consistent national experience, while still allowing each area to set its own fares. The larger scale procurement will also save money through economies of scale and avoiding duplication of investment.
Wellington will be the first area to see the new ticketing from 2021, with other parts of the country joining over a 5 year period.