Press Release – Auckland Transport
Auckland Transport media release
25 March 2014
Auckland Transport completes AT HOP rollout
Auckland Transport has completed the rollout of AT HOP, its reusable pre-pay smart card for travel on trains, ferries and buses.
There are currently more than 250,000 AT HOP cards being regularly used by customers around the region.
AT HOP allows customers to use one travel card on different modes of transport and public transport operators.
The card was first introduced on the region’s rail network in October 2012 and has been progressively rolled out since then.
Auckland Transport chairman, Dr Lester Levy, says it is significant for further developing public transport in New Zealand’s largest city. He says the rate at which public transport users have taken to the new system so far bodes well for on-going patronage growth.
“Other transformational projects such as the fleet of new electric trains, improved reliability of all services and a major focus on customer needs and satisfaction levels are other vital elements in delivering a world class public transport system,” he says.
Auckland mayor Len Brown is a regular user of public transport and also acknowledges what a significant milestone completion of the AT HOP rollout is. “The transformation of Auckland’s public transport system is well and truly underway, and the completion of the AT HOP rollout is a critical part of that,” he says.
“I want to congratulate Auckland Transport for delivering this project in such an effective and timely way.”
The project has been delivered in partnership with the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA).
Dave Brash, the New Zealand Transport Agency’s group manager of Planning and Investment, congratulates the Auckland Transport-led team on the successful introduction of integrated ticketing into Auckland.
“Making public transport easier and more attractive for people is a key priority for NZTA. So, after seven years of development, and a $73 million investment from the national land transport fund, we’re pleased with the resulting sophisticated platform, underpinned by a national ticketing standard that could support integrated ticketing systems across the country.”
For more information call Auckland Transport on 09 366 4467 or go to: www.AT.govt/athop