Rail Use Hits Record
A new monthly record in Auckland commuter rail travel of 918,000 passengers, an impressive 14.3% higher than the year before.
That’s the encouraging story for March – despite the ongoing issues with service disruptions.
In fact public transport usage in Auckland continues to soar . In fact it’s shaping up to be a great year.
Bus patronage has finally recovered from the wobbles when bus drivers had their industrial dispute in the last quarter of last year causing some people to worry about the reliability of pubic transport.
Passengers taking the bus in March was also up by over 5%, clawing back patronage lost due to 5 months of industrial action.
Bus, rail and ferry patronage for the 9 months to the end of March have increased on last year’s figures. A return to growth over this period for ferry patronage sees an increase of 3.5%.
But it’s the Northern Express bus service that continues to be the golden child of Auckland’s public transport with patronage up by nearly 20% for March and 18.9% on the equivalent nine months last year.
Total bus patronage including the Northern Express increased by 5.3% (259,056 boardings) in March and by 0.6% for the nine months to March.
Rail’s March figures represents an increase of 14.3% (115,000 passengers) on the same month in 2009, the previous highest month on record. There was one more business day this year compared to March last year, but this was offset by fewer special events
For the year-to-date there have been 6.231 million passenger journeys made on the region’s rail services, an increase of 10.5% on the same nine months last year.
Patronage on the Western Line increased at a lesser rate, in part due to fewer major special events at Eden Park than the comparative month last year. Western line services were also impacted to a greater extent by performance issues during the month, and the two blocks-of-line required to progress the rail upgrades.
In March 312,000 passengers were recorded travelling on Western Line services, an increase of 6.2% on the same month last year. For the year-to-date 2.169 million passengers have travelled on Western Line services, an increase of 8.5% on the same period last year.
Ferry patronage for March is 3.2% lower than last March, and for the financial year to date, patronage is 3.5% higher than the same period in the previous financial year.