A research project was carried out between 1995 and 1997 to review available data about the patterns of use of existing public transport services in New Zealand and responses to service cuts or fare increases, particularly by 'public transport-dependent people'; and to undertake targeted surveys to investigate how present users in selected subgroups would be affected by service cuts and/or fare increases. It assessed the degree of loss of mobility and access (if any) which would be experienced by this group in the event of changes to service levels and fares; and it assessed the effect of these changes on individual and household welfare.
The survey included an analysis of existing data (Part 1), and of current use which was obtained from a household telephone survey (Part 2) and a personal interview survey (Part 3), of public transport services in New Zealand. The study conclusions (Part 4) list the findings on people's dependence on public transport and the effects of changes in service levels and fares on their use of public transport. Appendices complement the report.