10m Ahead. The Only Way is UP!
It just keeps going up.
Auckland’s public transport figures for the 12 months are in – and it’s an incredible story. And an even bigger story is to come next week.
Public transport usage is up 8.5% on the previous financial year and rail patronage is now on track to reach a record 10 million passenger trips next week.
Patronage totalled 65,763,655 passengers for the 12-months to June 2011 an increase of 5,141,362 boardings or +8.5%.
June, the month just passed saw another massive growth burst.
5,568,034 that month an increase of 414,865 boardings or +8.1% on June 2010.
Rail monthly patronage for June was 882,776 an increase of 174,269 boardings or +24.6% on June 2010. They’ll be needing those longer trains on the Southern and Eastern lines that started a few days ago – but Western may soon need some of them back!
The Northern Express bus service continues to be the poster child. It carried 2,056,890 passenger trips for the 12-months with a growth in June 2011 compared to June 2010 of +14.8%.
Auckland Transport Chief Executive, Dr David Warburton said at Auckland Transport’s Board meeting today: “Over eight months, Auckland Transport has been a major part of one of the largest business reorganisations ever in New Zealand. One cannot underestimate the work that has been done by staff to ensure a fully functioning and effective organisation.”
Onehunga continues to be a success story for rail.
Southern and Eastern Line rail patronage including the Onehunga Line totalled 6,351,136 passengers for the year ending June 2011 an increase of 805,587 boardings or +14.5%.
Patronage for June was 561,155 boardings, an increase of +19.6% (91,908 boardings) on June 2010
In June there were 501,147 passengers recorded travelling on the Southern and Eastern Lines excluding the Onehunga Line, an increase of +6.8% on June 2010.
There were 60,008 passengers recorded using the Onehunga Line during June 2011. For the year-to-date since the inception of these services in September 2010 there have been 508,951 passengers recorded on Onehunga Line services.
Western Line rail patronage totalled 3,513,492 passengers for the year ended June 2011 an increase of 580,001 boardings or +19.8%. Patronage for June was 321,621 boardings, an increase of +34.4% (82,361 boardings) on June 2010 .
Bus services other than the Northern Express saw patronage total 49,106,444 passengers for the 12-months to June an increase of 3,282,823 boardings or +7.2%. Patronage for June 2011 was 4,180,026 boardings, an
increase of +4.8% (189,583 boardings) on June 2010 .
Ferry patronage totalled 4,735,717 passengers for the 12-months to June an increase of 207,515 boardings or +4.6%. Patronage for June 2011 was 327,687 boardings, an increase of +9.3% (27,785 boardings) on June 2010.
On the issue of rail overcrowding: There were five services reported to have average load factors above the 1.4 (i.e. four passengers standing for every ten seated passenger) target planning standard. This compares to eight services in May. Four of the services were morning peak services, one being a Western Line and the others being Southern or Eastern Line services. This was before the introduction of the longer trains on the Southern and Eastern Lines.
Full report here