PT Measurements Almost Met


In the last year, only one Auckland public transport measurement is said to have not been met- the public transport subsidy per passenger km.

The Super City is one year old and Mayor Len Brown’s annual report, being presented to council tomorrow says passenger patronage and satisfaction targets have been met.

And it notes that more investment has been made into Auckland’s rail network in the past decade than in the previous 50 years.

There’s some interesting data from a March survey of people flows, inbound in morning peak (7am-9am) weekdays, by car and passenger transport.

That annual traffic survey shows that weekdays between 7am and 9am 37,846 people come by vehicle into the CBD and 32,382 by public transport.

Across the harbour bridge, by car: 21,448 by car and 8,617 by PT.

The report says that AT’s long term goal is to increase people flows in the morning peak while reducing travel times on strategic routes.

One of the ideas that has been floated, although not mentioned in the report, is that people travelling at peak times pay more for PT fares.

AUCKLAND TRAINS: They're getting packed

Here is the breakdown of measurements: (link here if hard to read -Pg 186)

In its annual report, Auckland Transport’s actual income for the eight months was $478m, against a planned income of $491m.

Auckland Council and the New Zealand Transport Agency are the primary sources of funding, however 27 per cent of income was received from various other sources including user charges and fees, other subsidies and interest.

Total income was $13.8m below plan due to reduced capital funding from NZTA of $49.1m and reduced operational funding from NZTA of $13.8m. This is partly offset by $37.6m of unplanned vested asset income and additional income from public transport patronage and rental income.

Auckland Transport spent $518m over the eight months in delivering services across the city. Personnel costs and depreciation account for 36 per cent of the total spend. Other costs totalling 64 per cent include service delivery contracts,repairs and maintenance expenses, utilities and occupancy costs and professional service fees.

Expenses were higher than the planned $488m due to the revaluation decrement for rolling stock of $42.8m, partlyoffset by planned revenue initiatives, with related costs, that did not proceed and savings on operating expenditure relating to deferred capital projects.

In the eight months ended 30 June, Auckland Transport’s investment in the city’s infrastructure was $338m – 77 per cent of budget. Some of the main capital projects include the New Lynn town centre project, Auckland Integrated fares System project, AMETI and Lake Road project (Esmonde to Jutland roads).

Around $65m worth of projects budgeted in 2010/11 has been carried forward to 2011/12.




  1. Matt L says:

    If the target subsidy per passenger km is 0.33c and the actual is 0.26c how is that not a good thing? We want subsidies to be as low as possible.

  2. Sam says:

    “Currently almost 58,000 people travel into Auckland’s CBD for work and education every week day morning at peak, with almost 33,000 of them using public transport” - facts and figures. this works out to a PT mode share of over 57%.

    “weekdays between 7am and 9am 37,846 people come by vehicle into the CBD and 32,382 by public transport.” - this works out to just 46%

    Why the massive inconsistency, and which is correct? Also keep in mind that for the Auckland Transport data- the 43% that don’t use PT would probably include pedestrians and cyclists too… therefore cars are probably closer to 30-35%

  3. Sam says:

    On a brighter note- PT is increasing their level of customer service hugely at the moment - trains are running on time, the new link services NEVER seem to run late, And trains are getting real time information.

    Whats of most excitement is that the new generation of PIDs have been installed at EVERY stop on the outer link in my area over the past week, and they seem to be rolling them out over the whole route incredibly fast.

    Also- I have for a while been a bit annoyed when the afternoon traffic reports come up on the radio every day, as they are only for drivers and never mention the other (possibly majority) modes of transport from the CBD. Today as part of the report I heard “all trains, planes and ferries are running to schedule”. This is great news which will help PT get recognised as a real, serious choice for those that still waste hours per week in their cars :)

  4. Wasp says:

    I would like to see the marketing excercise to encourage people to use PT at peak times and at the same time charge them more for the privilege.

  5. Jon R says:

    So, basically, the only part of PT which has failed is the National Party lead Government, with its failure to deliver promised funding.

    Gee, that´s a surprise = Yeah Right!


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