By the end of 2012 you will be able use the new HOP card on the bus, ferry and rail.Auckland’s first smartcard ticketing system will change how we travel and will hopefully make our lives that much easier. Auckland Transport still has some kinks to iron out but we are learning more and more each week. The rollout is gradual due to the fact that it is proven to be best practice and will occur over three phases i.e.
Phase 1 includes the official launch and the opportunity to swap your Go-Rider card for the new temporary HOP card, for free. The HOP card will be able to be used on certain NZ buses.
Phase 2 will come into effect by the end of 2011 and will include some rail and ferry services. The temporary HOP card will be exchanged for the new permanent card.
Phase 3 is the final phase and will include all bus, rail and ferry services.
Thus far details are sketchy regarding the fare system and/or zones but Auckland Transport will revue all fare structures once the permanent HOP card is fully operational – that should be by the end of 2012. For the time being the smartcard will be regional but there are plans to expand and go national. It has been a long time coming but we can confidently say that it is only a hop, skip and a jump away. All aboard !