Our call to roll out the Thales ticketing solution to trains and ferries has been reported by the Herald:
“This is a $98 million project which has been going on for three years – they need to get it in.”
He said Auckland Transport was losing too much revenue on increasingly crowded trains under its paper ticketing system, which would be stemmed by electronic gates at main stations under the new scheme.
Trains suffered a 5.5 per cent fall in patronage last month compared with June of last year, and a 2.9 per cent decline in May.
But Mr Pitches feared branding would be a serious problem, given that Snapper had the Hop imprint on its bus cards, leading to confusion if train and ferry passengers were issued with rival tickets bearing the same name.
The dispute with Snapper shouldn’t delay things any further than it has.