The Christmas tradition of free bus travel in Auckland came abruptly to an end this year when posters in buses announced a reduced timetable service, plus no free travel as normal fares apply on the day.
NZ Bus blames the economic situation this year and one must not be a heartless cynic suggesting it's aimed to clawback some losses from the lock out earlier in the year, perish the thought. NZ Bus has a 20% return on capital to recover for Infratil, after all, so no more festive rides, thank you very much.
Needless to say Christmas traditions have never been Fullers forte: I can't remember there ever being any festive cheer in the form of discounted travel on the ferry or the Waiheke bus at Christmas.
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