23 Jul 2009

'One ticket' for public transport a step closer

8:31 pm on 23 July 2009

A new electronic ticketing system for public transport across the country is to be developed by central and local Government.

The technology allows a passenger to switch between types of transport and between operators with a single ticket.

The first steps are being taken in Auckland, where six separate ticketing systems are seen as inhibiting use of public transport.

An integrated ticketing system is to be developed by the Auckland Regional Transport Authority, the New Zealand Transport Agency and a French systems maker Thales.

The French-made system would eventually be available to regional councils around the country, in competition with the Snapper ticketing system introduced in Wellington by a subsidiary of investment firm Infratil.