A Hopping Success

On May 10, 2011 by Eye on Auckland

15 000 Swap to HOP.

Auckland Transport proclaim that 15 000 bus users have swapped their Go Rider cards for the new HOP integrated ticketing smartcard. It was an historic day for Auckland’s public transport system as the first public transport commuters began tagging on and off on North Star buses. Next in line is Go West and Waka Pacific (from 22 May), followed by MetroLink and LINK services (from 6 June). The HOP card brings with it many benefits such as;  a saving of 10% or more off the normal cash fare, faster and easier boarding times, you can top up your HOP card with e-money  or load it with 10 trips, your balance can be protected if it is lost and/or stolen and HOP is online – access your card’s balance, transactions and journey history. We believe that the HOP card will be a hopping success.


20 Responses to “A Hopping Success”

  • BusFan

    Man those readers are so sexy. This is such great news for Auckland :) I thought that the LINK would only be online from the end of June ? Good to read that it is sooner than anticipated.

  • TrainHugger

    I can’t wait for rail to come onboard and for the ticket clippers to be a thing of the past, quite embarrassing actually :(. This is going to be hugely successful. Thank you Auckland Transport, and Eye on Auckland ;)

  • Karumba

    Finally, it is all happening folks :) Can’t wait to get my HOP card.

  • Matt

    Fantastic news, I like the look of the that reader, sweet as.

  • Gotham

    A good start and may it only grow in strength. It will be wonderful to see the turnstiles go in at Britomart and other train stations, can’t wait :)

  • James

    Can’t wait to see the back of these ugly Go Rider cards. June 6 is D-Day :)

  • AbelTasman

    A few people were caught unawares on the bus this morning. One would think that they would have known considering how much marketing went into this. Quite funny to see the blank expressions on their faces LOL. I for one love the new HOP card and those readers are very spiffy :)

  • The Eye

    Damn ! Can’t wait to get mine. I use the LINK and MetroLink mostly, guess that I have to wait 3 more weeks :(

    • James B

      Same. Although one of the limited stop buses on Dominion Road is a North Star, which pretty much means that no one can use it until the 6th of June.

  • Geoff

    Can’t actually believe that it is finally here and not just talk :) Can’t wait to get mine.

  • little_miss_muffet

    Typical Auckland to stage the whole introduction. I need to use my hop card on the north shore and pay cash on the link now as I swopped my go-rider card.

  • Simone

    Still some teething problems here, it now takes longer to get off the bus and it also takes longer to get onto the bus, the scanner isn’t quick enough. The reader can’t read the card if it is in your wallet or bag. A good start but not good enough :(

  • The Eye

    Used my HOP card today and it works very well. It only takes two seconds to register and I am very pleased with it. I look forward to being able to use it on all forms of public transport :)

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