Subsidy for public transport Call from the government

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Scott Gallacher: Public transport subsidy Call from the government

The head of Wellington’s Metlink transport service said he would not be able to extend half-price fares beyond the three months the government pays.

The public transport subsidy comes into effect on April 1 in response to a spike in the cost of living.

Metlink chief executive Scott Gallacher said revenue has already dropped significantly during the pandemic as more people work from home.

It is up to the government to assess how well tariffs are working and whether they should continue.

“Obviously, when the government tells us their intentions as to whether they want to fund this longer-term project, we can make calls to find out how we think about the appropriate tariff structure and tariff strategy for our communities,” he said. said

Mr Gallacher hopes the cheaper fares will encourage more people to use public transport.


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