30 Mar 2011

Auckland public transport use highest in 60 years

9:01 pm on 30 March 2011

The number of people using public transport in Auckland has reached a 60-year high.

A report to the Auckland Council shows a jump in patronage of more than 8% for the year to February, which is equivalent to about five million extra trips.

Ferry patronage increased to more than four million trips, rail to more than 10 million and bus to about 50 million.

Overall, people used public transport more than 64 million times, which is the highest rate of use since the 1950s.

Auckland Transport says there are always more passengers at this time of the year, with university restarting, but many people are switching to public transport because of the rising cost of putting petrol in their cars.

The agency expects that trend to continue.