The trial of a new form of public transport in one of Auckland’s wealthiest suburbs is praying for rain after making a slow start.
AT LOCAL, which is a New Zealand-first, is a new form of public transport that’s currently being trialled for a year at an estimated cost of $1.3 million.
The Uber-style service provided by Auckland Transport allowed residents of Devonport to request a pick-up via an online app by one of five dedicated electric vehicles which then takes them home or to a nearby ferry wharf.
But after three months the number of people expected to use the service on a weekly basis have not even reached half of the modest target set by Auckland Transport.
So ratepayers have paid $1.3 million for a service run by the Council which is near identical to Uber.