Fares changing Monday 23 July

The Long-Term Plan 2018-28 includes an overall public transport fare revenue increase (bus and ferry fares) of 2.5% each year for the next three years, to help cover inflation and increased operating costs. 

The first increase will be implemented on Monday 23 July. All adult and child Metrocard fares will increase by 5 cents, and the child cash fare will increase by 10 cents. The tables below show the projected fare increases over the next three years.

In addition to the fare change on Monday 23 July, the free-transfer period will reduce from four hours to two hours. This is to ensure that the free-transfer window is more regularly used for transfers, as opposed to return trips. 

Timaru Adult Fare



Fare Type
Current fare Fare as of 23 July 2018 2019 projected fare 2020 projected fare
Metrocard $1.55
$1.60 $1.65 $1.75
Cash $2.40 $2.40 $2.50 $2.50
Washdyke fare $2.40
$2.40
$2.40 $2.40
Temuka fare $4.80
$4.80
$4.80 $4.80

 

Timaru Child Fare

  
Fare Type
Current fare Fare as of 23 July 2018 2019 projected fare 2020 projected fare
Metrocard $0.90
$0.95 $0.95 $1.05
Cash $1.30 $1.40 $1.50 $1.50
Timaru school bus $0.90 $0.95 $0.95 $1.05
Washdyke fare $1.20
$1.20
$1.20 $1.20
Temuka fare $2.40
$2.40
$2.40 $2.40

Frequently asked questions

 

Why are you increasing fares?

 

Environment Canterbury’s Long-Term Plan 2018-28 includes an overall public transport fare revenue increase of 2.5% each year for the next three years, to help cover inflation and increased operating costs.

What will it cost me to ride the bus now?

Please refer to the tables above for the adjusted fares from Monday 23 July 2018, and the projected fares for 2019 and 2020. 

Why do the fare increases not equate to 2.5% increase each year? 

The 2.5% is an increase in total fare revenue - not fare prices. 

Why is the Metrocard fare increasing but not the adult cash fare? 

The adult cash fare had a big adjustment in 2016, so it is not being raised again in 2018.  It is planned to be raised in both 2019 and 2020.

Are you expecting to see patronage decline with the fare increases? 

Past fare rises have only resulted in a short, small decline in patronage. 

When does the free-transfer window change from four hours to two hours? 

From Monday 23 July 2018. 

Why are you reducing the free-transfer window? 

To ensure that the free-transfer window is used more regularly for transfer, rather than for return trips. 

If you have any questions regarding the fare increase you can email us at metroinfo@ecan.govt.nz .

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