Free Christchurch bus fares examined in new review

Free Christchurch bus fares examined in new review
Doing away with fares would result in an estimated 4.3 million more trips in 2028 compared to the modelled baseline figure of 13.5 million. (Image: Oliver Lewis)
Oliver Lewis
Greater Christchurch ratepayers would likely have to pay up to $110 extra a year to cover the cost of fare-free public transport.Doing away with fares would result in an estimated 4.3 million more trips in 2028 compared to the modelled baseline figure of 13.5 million, according to a new analysis released to BusinessDesk under the local government version of the Official Information Act (OIA). It would also result in $27 million in environmental and user benefits, but the ensuing $22m in lost revenue would likely need to be recouped from re...

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