New Zealand’s public transport is now half price.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced the nationwide discount two weeks ago as part of relief measures to address rising living costs.
The new prices will last for three months, but the government has signaled moves on more public transport investment in the upcoming Budget.
With just two weeks between the initial announcement and rollout, regional councils have rushed to organise logistics.
All regional buses, ferries and trains have been included. The discount is largely being added to pre-existing concessions and fare types.
In Auckland, monthly public transport passes are half price, and in both Auckland and Christchurch, daily fare caps have been halved.
In Wellington, people with partly used 30-day passes will be reimbursed 50 percent of the fare.