$100m-plus Auckland ticketing contract delayed

Integrated ticketing push falls behind schedule

A contract to build an integrated ticketing system for public transport in Auckland has been delayed and will now be awarded over the next few months, according to the Auckland Regional Transport Authority (ARTA).

The authority hoped to award the contract before Christmas, but according to Greg Ellis, programme director for the project, the contract is still going thorough “statutory hoops”.

Funding for the project is coming from both central and regional sources, the New Zealand Transport Agency and the Auckland Regional Council respectively, Ellis says. All major transport projects are funded this way, he says, on a proportional basis.

ARTA is now crossing t’s and dotting i’s on its business case for the funding, he says.

The delay was also caused by the Christmas period when few council meetings are held, he says, with Christmas and New Year causing effectively a two-month delay.

Ellis says when that is considered the project is “roughly on track”.

Auckland’s smartcard-based integrated ticketing project is expected to cost more than $100 million, including operating costs, for the first 10 years.

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