Aucklanders climb aboard public transport

More Aucklanders are jumping on public transport, with annual growth of almost eight per cent.

Last year, public transport patronage totalled 103.2 million passenger boardings.

Mayor Phil Goff says investment in infrastructure and improvements to services are encouraging the strong growth.

“Aucklanders have proved that whenever we provide fast, reliable and accessible public transport options, more people will choose to use it,” he says.

“Our record investment in transport infrastructure and services has seen public transport patronage grow at more than five times the rate of population.”

“Getting more people out of cars and onto public transport reduces traffic congestion for those who do drive, and helps reduce carbon emissions so we can meet our climate change goals.”

AT Metro train services carried more than 22 million passengers in the past 12 months. That’s the highest rate ever, and train patronage is growing at six per cent a year.