Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown says this public transport initiative will help to get more Wellingtonians onto buses and into the central city during the busy weekends in the run-up to Christmas.
“This initiative will provide a welcome boost for retail sales.”
Councillor Iona Pannett, Chair of Wellington City Council’s Environment Committee, who moved the idea into the budget, says the cheaper bus fares bring multiple benefits to the city.
“This shows support for an environmentally sustainable travel option for people who want to go shopping in the central city and don’t want to have to worry about congestion or parking time limits.
“Wellington City Council first proposed this initiative in February this year and I’m thrilled that it’s going ahead in time for Christmas.”
Chris Laidlaw, Chair of Greater Wellington Regional Council which plans and manages public transport throughout the region, says it will be interesting to see how the initiative goes.
“We’d be delighted to see more people leaving their cars at home and getting onto public transport – if this initiative encourages more people to get on board and give public transport a go, that’s fantastic.”
Wellington City Council has budgeted $200,000 for this initiative. The cheaper fares can be paid by cash, with a Snapper card on GO Wellington buses, or a Newlands travel card on Newlands buses. The changes will be in effect from beginning of service on Saturday 28 November (excluding all after midnight services, Airport Flyer and Valley Flyer, Mana, Newlands route 210 and Tranz Metro services), each weekend through to the last service Sunday 20 December.