Bus fares to rise in line with 2.5% revenue increase

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Most bus fares in Timaru are to rise from July 22.

Environment Canterbury’s 2018-28 long-term plan sets out a 2.5% increase in overall public transport fare revenue each year for the first three years of the plan.

In Timaru, adult Metrocard fares will increase 5 cents and the cash fare will increase 10 cents.

Child cash fares will increase 10 cents, while the Metrocard fare will be unchanged. There are also changes to the fares to travel to Washdyke and Temuka.

In greater Christchurch, adult cash fares will increase 20 cents, but the Metrocard adult fare will remain the same as it increased last July.

Metrocard child fares in greater Christchurch will increase by up to 15 cents, and child cash fares will increase 40 cents.

There will also be changes to the airport fare for a child.

Senior manager public transport Stewart Gibbon said the fare revenue increase was included in the long-term plan to help cover inflation and increased operating costs.

“We are now in the process of implementing the increase for the second year,” Mr Gibbon said.

“We recognise that any increase in fares can be an inconvenient adjustment for passengers and we appreciate the understanding as we work through the fare revenue increases agreed to during the long-term plan process.

“It’s important to us and to the community that public transport remains affordable to ratepayers and users to enable more people to choose public transport more often.

“We’re confident that our fares in Canterbury are relatively low compared to other main centres and we will continue to do our best to maintain this as we balance growing and improving services with keeping public transport affordable.”