Public Transport Patronage increased by 8.3%.
If ever there was a time for Steven Joyce to sit up and smell the coffee – it is now ! For the 12 months to March 2011, patronage on Auckland’s public transport has increased by 8.3% and it is the highest increase since the 1950s. Stats for the month of March 2011 show an increase of 7.7% (in excess of 7 million boardings per month).
The northern Express bus service recorded and increase of 10.7%, rail patronage grew by 21.8% (the Western line showed the biggest increase of 30.4%) and ferry patronage recorded an increase of 10.2%. The stats speak for themselves and provide Len Brown with the ammunition that he requires in order to change the mindset in Wellington.