Major reforms needed alongside fare-free public travel in Auckland

Published on 27/06/2022 at 2:32 pm.

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Fare-free public transport in Auckland is viable, according to a new report by proponents, but would also benefit from major reforms, such as the return of bus and ferry operators to public ownership.

The report proposes a progressive introduction of free travel, starting with traditionally low-use times of year, and being phased-in before patronage returns to pre-Covid levels.

The 40-page paper said eliminating fares cuts emissions, congestion and “helps to recast public transport as a genuine public service for everyone regardless of income”.

The report was written for the Trade Unions PSA and First Union, by former Aucklander Dr Jenny McArthur, now an associate professor in Urban Infrastructure and Policy at University College London.

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