Thursday, October 14, 2010

Ferry patronage down in August

From the ARTA August 2010 business report:
Passengers taking Auckland’s public transport have increased again - with the total number of passenger trips for the month of August being 7.8% higher than August last year, with bus up by 7.0%, rail up by 17.2% and ferry down slightly by 1.3%.
Ferry patronage for August is -1.3% (4,300 boardings), lower than last August, for the financial year to date patronage is up by 0.7% (4,822 boardings) compared to the same period in the 2009/10 financial year.
No surprises here: August was a particularly bad month operations-wise for Fullers with Quickcat out on survey and Superflyte out of action for mechanical reasons. The patronage fall taken together with the selective discount for September passengers (monthly pass holders only) makes it unsurprising too that Fullers needed to rack up fares in October under the GST increase fig leaf.
Ferry wharf revenue by ARTA is $391,000 in the year to date (budgeted to reach $2.3m for the year, PDF report above, page 23)

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