24 Oct 2008

Free public transport card proving popular with elderly

4:31 pm on 24 October 2008

A Government initiative to provide free transport for superannuitants has caused a surge in demand for public transport.

Since 1 October, SuperGold Card holders can travel free on buses and trains from 9am till 3pm on weekdays and in the evenings, and all weekend.

The $72 million initiative was implemented to increase mobility for the elderly community.

Director of Ritchies Coachlines Andrew Ritchie says it has observed an 800% increase in people using its services in Auckland.

Mr Ritchie says it is not a problem because there is plenty of capacity on public transport at off-peak times, and it is a great way to get elderly people out and about.