Stations Get Integrated Wired


Construction works at train stations for integrated ticketing are getting underway.
This comprises duucting and cabling ready for rail tag on and tag off devices for all train stations on Auckland’s network intime for Rugby World Cup 2011.
Construction works commence this week at Mt Albert, Morningside and Mt Eden train stations with other stations following over the coming months.

Morningside commuters will soon be using the Hop card

The new card is called the Hop card. Auckland Transport’s Chief Executive, David Warburton says Auckland Transport is developing an integrated travel product, which will make public transport an easy choice during the period of the Rugby World Cup. It will be announcing details of this in the coming months.




  1. Andrew says:

    Will we be getting ticketing machines at every station?

    I personally like the machines used in the Netherlands as they are modern and very easy to use.
    Try out the machines yourself on a demo in the following link (English language function too) -

    Let me know what you think of it.

  2. Matt L says:

    Andrew - Yes each station will have machines to buy tickets from but I don’t know what they look like or how they will work. I do know that they are about 500kg each though so will also need concrete bases for them.

  3. urban local says:

    “Hop Card” - This is the first I have heard of this name. Who came up with it? What happened to the international tradition of giving it a marine inspired name (unsure as to why). My personal favorite from a comment raised on AKT many months ago was the “Waka Card”.

  4. Owen Thompson says:

    At least Hop is in English.

  5. Antz says:

    I guees it is because how most of the maori names are pronouced they cancelled them for the tourists.

    my american friends cried with laughter at the word “Te Puke” “Whakatane” and even “Whangerei”
    and trust me, that isn’t something we need to endure.

  6. Rob Pitney says:

    With the new card you won’t actually buy tickets at stations. It’s a smartcard that you use to ‘tag on’ and ‘tag off’ the bus or train. The reader on the bus or train will show you how much credit you have left on your card. You can load your card at PT retailers.

  7. Andy says:

    Rob I think they were actually talking about for people who don’t happen to have one of these cards.

  8. Nick R says:

    If it is like just about any other smartcard system in the world, there will be machines at stations that sell reusable cards and process top ups using cash and eftpos/credit, plus they may also sell single use tickets in paper form.

  9. Mike says:

    How long will they last in NZ thou?

    Pretty sure someone will just smash or grafity them just for their 2 seconds of fun.

  10. Scott says:

    Vandalism is not a unique issue to NZ. The only reason I can think that they will be 500Kg’s heavy is because they have been built extremely strongly to resist theft and vandalism. My pet peeve is people scratching glass surfaces, I hope they can find some way to prevent that.

  11. Joshua says:

    Scott - there’s a product (film) that goes on glass surface to prevent scratching, the film is simply removed when scratched and new film applied.

    The problem is our rail network is not maintained as reguarly as it should be, although recently has improved. I’m sure this is being used at the new stations.

  12. Owen Thompson says:

    Joshua, I think it is being applied at the new Manukau library.

  13. nzbcfanboi says:

    @Matt L if anythng I would say they would be like the MAXX ticket machine at the busways stations,Highburry and I think one somewhere in Milford which look like the parking ticket machine expect they sell PT tickets

  14. Nick R says:

    The new Myki machines in Melbourne are entirely stainless steel except for the glass touch screen which appears to be covered in a protective flim. Presumably this can be replaced when damaged.

    Also all the signage, instructions etc are on a sort of shrink wrap overlay which could be replaced quite easily if it where heavily damaged.


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