Not a fare deal
March 7, 2019
Ashley Krijnen waits for her bus in a converted shipping container on the outer ring of the Johnsonville Mall car park.
She talks about her concerns regarding the minor bus routes that have been cut and the development of super routes that distort fare structures.
“I feel like they decided to minimise the non-profitable routes and then waited for people to object. If you want to cut services, public transport is not the place to do it. Users are the vulnerable people of society, they need a reliable and affordable service.”
Other passengers echoed Krijnen’s concerns about the Greater Wellington Regional Council putting profits and expediency above the people it is meant to serve.
Krijnen said if you used the Metlink journey tracker app to plan a trip from Newtown to Johnsonville on the direct bus number 23, the cash price was $5.50.
Travellers who lived in Hataitai or any other eastern suburb were not able to access a direct bus service to Johnsonville. Instead, they would catch a bus to the railway station and then a train with the total fare increasing by $3.50 to $9.00.
Krijnen is also critical of the hub system. “It seems silly to catch buses through hubs when you are dealing with a small city.
“They work for large cities with millions of people. Wellington is small after all, if I lived in Hataitai I would have to pass through a hub, catch a bus and then a train to get to Johnsonville – all the while only travelling 14 kilometres.
“That’s not how hubs are supposed to work,” said Krijnen.