With Te Huia back in the news we researched up-to-date data from the Minister of Transport during Parliamentary question time on July 3.
Financially we have significant concerns when the operating loss for the past 11 months is $5,716,504, or an operating subsidy of $88.31 per passenger.
It is an expensive transport trial that shifts an average of 245 passengers a day when the Waikato Expressway moves 25,000 people in the same period. Here are the figures.
For the 11 months to 31 May:
Patronage: 64,733 passengers or 5,885 / month
Revenue: $175,611 or $15,965 / month
Operating expenditure: $5,892,115 or $535,647 / month (including consultants expenses of $448,969 over the last 11 months)
Fare subsidy: $88.31 average per passenger per one way trip
Te Huia services:
One-way fares from Frankton to The Strand range from $9 to $18
2 services per day, Mon-Fri
Frankton to The Strand scheduled time is 2 hours 30 minutes
InterCity bus services:
One-way fares from Hamilton Transport Centre to SkyCity Auckland range from $20 to $56
9 services per day, Mon-Sun
Times range from 1 hour 35 minutes to 2 hours 30 minutes depending on scheduled time of travel.