A review of the SuperGold Card public transport scheme’s sustainability has identified ways to ensure value for money, while maintaining the entitlements of more than 662,000 cardholders to free off-peak public transport services.
The Government has decided to:
- Lift the moratorium on new services entering the scheme from 1 September 2015, and apply criteria for new services
- Cap Crown funding for the scheme at $28.129 million per year for the next five years, with annual Consumer Price Index adjustments to account for inflation
- Replace individual fare reimbursements for councils with bulk funding
- Cap Crown funding for exempt services at their current levels, with annual Consumer Price Index adjustments to account for inflation
- Allow tendering on the Waiheke Island route where there is competition
- Require SuperGold cardholders to purchase smartcards, such as the AT HOP card, as smartcard ticketing systems become available.
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