It is fantastic further steps have been announced that will ensure Waiheke Islanders have access to benefits through integrated ticketing as confirmed by Auckland Transport and Fullers today, MP for Auckland Central Nikki Kaye says.
“I have advocated for changes for some time alongside Waiheke Local Board Chair Cath Handley. I have written to both Mayor Phil Goff, Transport Minister Phil Twyford and Auckland Transport supporting Waiheke to be included in integrated ticketing.
“The changes mean AT hop users who use Waiheke ferries will now get extended benefits to use buses and trains, in single zone travel, at the start and end of their ferry trips. This will see some families and commuters spend less on public transport.
“While this is a positive additional step towards greater integration it does not resolve some of the underlying issues that exist around full integration and the high cost of Waiheke ferry fares to and from the Island.
“I will continue to advocate for further improvements to Waiheke Island ferry services which needs to include the lifting of the exempt status, further improvements to the downtown ferry terminal and ensuring locals are adequately prioritised at the wharf.
“The Minister of Transport has said that the exempt status is being looked at as part of the public transport operating model review but I believe the status should be lifted as soon as possible so that Waiheke gets further guarantees around services.
“I want to thank Auckland Transport and Fullers for their work in progressing further changes to integrating ticketing for Waiheke. I will continue to ensure improvements to services for the island.”