Ratepayers are likely to be hit with a multi-million dollar bill following an order from Auckland Transport that all buses have to be painted the same colour.
The cost has been called “insane” by a ratepayers […] group, but the move is being defended by transport bosses who say it will help to market Auckland as a whole.
It’s not known exactly how much painting the fleet the generic grey and blue will cost due to a combination of factors – contracts out to tender, new operators entering the market and buses being replaced – but an industry insider said it would cost upwards of $5 million.
The decision was made in 2014 to launch a “consistent brand” across Auckland’s buses, trains and ferries under the Regional Public Transport Plan.
Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance spokeswoman Jo Holmes said the move was “insane” and a “waste of money”.
“There are a lot more transport issues we could be spending that money on instead of painting buses.”
A consistent brand eh? What’s the point when they cover the buses with large advertisements, more or less obscuring the “consistent” brand. Read more »