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Use of public transport in Auckland has historically been low, driven in part by a decision in the 1950s to favour a network of motorways over an upgrade of the rail system and the removal of the tram network. More recently, public transport use has grown across all modes. Train patronage has shown the most significant increase, which is attributed to the opening of the central Britomart station in July 2003, the introduction of electric trains, and network improvements. The planned construction of the City Rail Link is expected to enable more use of public transport with increased train capacity, new central-city stations, and reduced travel time.


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Core dashboard information


Public transport boardings in the Auckland Region. Boardings include SuperGold Card passengers, who ride for free.

Boardings are the number of passengers that board public transport services. Patronage that is reported on is related to:

all contracted/funded services

all commercial services available to the public and recorded in the region’s passenger transport register or regional passenger transport plan, unless they are considered to be not material or relevant (based on the impact on the transport network)

The following services should not be included:

commercial services not on the passenger transport register or in the regional passenger transport plan, including fare paying school services

Ministry of Education funded services.

Nature of data

Primary source Auckland Transport
Custodian of data Auckland Transport
URL https://at.govt.nz/about-us/reports-publications/at-metro-patronage-report/
Frequency Annual


Quality of the data


Next Update February