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The West Coast has the highest bus recovery rate – 75% in 2016/17. Most regions have a sub 50% recovery rate. Farebox recovery rates indicate the percentage of the cost of providing public transport services paid for by passenger fares.


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Public transport farebox recovery rates by region – bus (percentage)

Farebox recovery rate (%) measures the contribution fares make to the cost of providing public transport services, and is typically expressed as a percentage: farebox $ / (farebox $ + subsidy $) from the subsidising authority's perspective.

Nature of data

Primary source NZ Transport Agency
Custodian of data

NZ Transport Agency

URL This data has not been previously published.
Frequency Annual


Quality of the data


From 2012/13 the basis of this calculation changed. The cost of professional services is now included and this reduces the overall farebox recovery percentage by about 2%. The drop in regional or modal recovery rates could be more variable.

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