Snapper, the Infratil company that operates Wellington's public transport smartcards, says it unreservedly accepts the findings of a New Zealand Transport Authority review into the procurement process for an Auckland public transport integrated ticketing system.
Earlier today, Computerworld reported that review found little fault or bias with the tender process.
Snapper CEO Miki Szikszai says Snapper raised three issues in December 2008 that initiated the review: probity; complexity and cost, and; the need for a national scheme.
He says the review, released to Computerworld under the Official Information Act today, addresses the issue of probity.
The two other issues, complexity and cost and the need for a national scheme, have been endorsed in NZTA’s policy statement today, he adds.
“We strongly endorse the view of NZTA in taking a nationwide approach to integrated ticketing and have done so for sometime. Snapper recognises that NZTA is seeking rights to the integrated ticketing system and the information provided in the system.
"Snapper can meet NZTA’s requirements in this regard. We support NZTA In their position that the national scheme must deliver value for money and we have advocated that an open market will deliver this outcome.”
NZTA is planning for a single national clearing house to sit behind multiple regional ticketing systems integrated through open standards and interfaces, rather than for each region to build its own clearing facility.
Szikszai says Snapper is a strong proponent of open standards and Snapper complies with the major standards as defined by the International Association for Public Transport (UITP).
"We are looking forward to engaging with both NZTA and ARTA on the definition of the local New Zealand standards," he says
Szikszai says Snapper operates a secure integrated ticketing scheme delivering patrons a 20% fare discount on Wellington buses. He says the company has more than 80,000 cards on issue and has processed almost nine million transactions with 99.99% accuracy since July 2008.
He adds this has been at no cost to the Wellington ratepayer or central government.