The growth in Auckland public transport patronage and services continues
Train services totalled 20.6 million passenger boardings for the 12-months to December 2018, an increase of +1.2% on the previous year. Patronage for December 2018 was 1.4 million, an increase of +5.2% on December 2017. For the 12 months to December 2018, Auckland public transport patronage totalled 95.9 million passenger boardings, an increase of +5.2% on the previous year.
Between 2003 and 2017 Auckland’s population grew 28 per cent, yet public transport patronage increased by 63 per cent − more than double the population growth.
In Feb 2014, annual rail patronage had been 10.9 million.
In Feb 2016, it was 15.8 million, a 45% increase in just two years.
In April 2016, it passed 16.2 million.
In 2015 alone, rail patronage increased 22.9 per cent or 2.9 million trips to total 15.4 million trips.
The patronage target of 20 million trips per year, originally set by the government for funding of the CRL, was achieved at the end of 2016 three years ahead of schedule.
About every four months, an extra million trips are being added to the patronage total – 3.5m in total a year.
Auckland's rail patronage from 2010
Public transport growth
We have seen public transport patronage rocket to more than 95 million trips per year – unprecedented numbers of Aucklanders are getting out of their cars
In 2017, another milestone was achieved as the 90 million trips made on buses, trains and ferries over the past 12 months made it the biggest 12-month number for public transport in the city since 1956
For the 12 months to December 2018, Auckland public transport patronage totalled 95.9 million passenger boardings, an increase of +5.2% on the previous year.
We’re seeing a resurgence in cycling. AT’s 2018/19 target was to complete 10 km of new cycleways.
Bus patronage growth
Bus services totalled 69.1 million passenger boardings for the 12-months to December 2018, an increase +7.1% on the previous year. Patronage for December 2018 was 4.7 million, an increase of +6.2% on December 2017.
Buses are proving so popular, double decker buses have been introduced including on the main arterial routes such as on Mt Eden Road.
Ferry services grow
Aucklanders are discovering ferries so more services have been added and to more places.
Public transport improvements
AT has introducing a new network to areas of Auckland with the aim to make bus, ferry and train schedules compatible with each other and better suited to the needs of Aucklanders.
To support a more connected public transport network across Auckland, Auckland Transport redesigned the fare stage system and introduced a Simplified Zone Fare system. Integrated ticketing meant you pay one fare for your entire journey rather than paying separately for each leg.
The proportion of all trips using AT HOP was 82.8% in December 2018 (bus 89.5%, rail 81.4%, ferry 33.2%).