Public transport is an important mobility service for many people with disabilities or over 65. The Transport Agency administers and supports a range of policies to ensure people with disabilities or over 65 can utilise their local public transport services and/or complimentary mobility services.
Funded in partnership by local and central government, the Total Mobility Scheme assists eligible people, with long term impairments to access appropriate transport to meet their daily needs and enhance their community participation. This assistance is provided in the form of subsidised door to door transport services wherever scheme transport providers operate. The Total Mobility Scheme is intended to compliment the provision of public transport services, which are expected to be as accessible as possible to meet different mobility needs.
The SuperGold card(external link) provides free off-peak travel on bus, rail and ferry services to people aged 65 years or older. This is a partnership with local government, Ministry of Transport, Ministry of Social Development and Treasury to deliver the scheme.
For all past general circulars on the SuperGold card, see general circulars.
The RUB is New Zealand’s common standard for urban bus quality. It sets out the common dimensions and features of an urban bus. The RUB is used by regional councils and Auckland Transport in their urban bus contracts.
The quality of buses is important for creating a good customer experience and attracting patronage from people who have a greater choice about whether they use public transport or not. It is also important for accessibility reasons.