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18 April 2017

New Zealand public transport invests in better ticketing

First publishedon www.ITSInternational.com
A consortium of nine regional councils in New Zealand has awarded public transport ticketing provider Init the contract to provide a new bus ticketing system, which will be rolled out from January 2018.

Otago, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Manawatū-Whanganui, Hawke’s Bay, Taranaki, Northland, Nelson, and Invercargill councils have been working as a consortium to replace the ageing technology currently in use.

The new system will enable passengers to check balances and top-up the credit on their cards online. It will also produce rich information about how passengers travel on the network, to enable operators to provide services that better meet their needs.

The new Init system will be in place for five years to allow time for the procurement of a longer term nationwide solution for public transport ticketing and payments.

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