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  Reply # 672171 14-Aug-2012 11:19
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Beucase of the mess of the HOP card right now, I'd stay away from it. Have a look at the Maxx pricing page for Northern Busway pricing. If you do want to take advatage of the free use of the Link with a hop card, you can pick one up for $10 and top up a small amount so at least it is in credit and usuable. Hopefully in the near future, intergrated ticketing will become clearer but too many vested interests and too much $ invovled to make any outcome postive for the public.  

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  Reply # 672178 14-Aug-2012 11:24
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Asrafrate: How does the HOP card work? Do you just top up your card with X amount and it takes the correct amount off depending on how many stages you're doing?

As for hitch hiking... eep no way! Too many scary people out there.


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  Reply # 672182 14-Aug-2012 11:27
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Thanks Knoy :)
That sounds like a plan. Question is does the credit on a HOP card expire? If so I'd rather just pay the 50c a pop for the ride up from Britomart.

Working on a cunning plan to up my fitness levels so I can do the walk UP Queen St. eventually... *gulp*




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  Reply # 672184 14-Aug-2012 11:28
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Makes bus trips cheaper and really does add up

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  Reply # 672187 14-Aug-2012 11:34
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Asrafrate: Thanks Knoy :)
That sounds like a plan. Question is does the credit on a HOP card expire? If so I'd rather just pay the 50c a pop for the ride up from Britomart.



Credit should not expire, it just sits in Snapper's bank account. There are rumors of transition plans to the Hop card 2.0 which should work city wide in the future but so far nothing concrete. To be fair, if you get a Hop card and then need to pop around town on the odd journey then you have it to use.




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  Reply # 672190 14-Aug-2012 11:41
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knoydart:
Asrafrate: Thanks Knoy :)
That sounds like a plan. Question is does the credit on a HOP card expire? If so I'd rather just pay the 50c a pop for the ride up from Britomart.



Credit should not expire, it just sits in Snapper's bank account. There are rumors of transition plans to the Hop card 2.0 which should work city wide in the future but so far nothing concrete. To be fair, if you get a Hop card and then need to pop around town on the odd journey then you have it to use.





Those aren't rumours.  If you have a current HOP card, you will be able to get a new HOP card once the Thales system is in place at no charge, and have that stored value transferred.



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  Reply # 672191 14-Aug-2012 11:41
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Any word on when the new system will be in place?

I know I'm probably pushing my luck, but have they announced prices as well?




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Reply # 672199 14-Aug-2012 12:01
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johnr:
Asrafrate: How does the HOP card work? Do you just top up your card with X amount and it takes the correct amount off depending on how many stages you're doing?

As for hitch hiking... eep no way! Too many scary people out there.


Yes


Did you not know that John is the king of the scary people.

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  Reply # 672223 14-Aug-2012 13:09
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Depending where exactly on Upper Queen Street you want to get, there is the option of parking (for free) after Ponsonby Rd (in the residential area, on the street). From there it's a 5-10 minute walk to Upper Queen.
I've seen many people do that.



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Reply # 672225 14-Aug-2012 13:16
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Thanks for that tip TCP. Might be a good option if I need an alternative to the Mercury Lane or Tournament Parking in the area.

nate:
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LOL takes one to know one maybe? ;)
(j/k)




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  Reply # 672234 14-Aug-2012 13:38
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Asrafrate: How does the HOP card work? Do you just top up your card with X amount and it takes the correct amount off depending on how many stages you're doing?

As for hitch hiking... eep no way! Too many scary people out there.


JohnR is not that scary!

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  Reply # 672251 14-Aug-2012 13:59
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nate:
johnr:
Asrafrate: How does the HOP card work? Do you just top up your card with X amount and it takes the correct amount off depending on how many stages you're doing?

As for hitch hiking... eep no way! Too many scary people out there.


Yes


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I got lessons off Nate

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  Reply # 672376 14-Aug-2012 17:01
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Asrafrate: Any word on when the new system will be in place?

I know I'm probably pushing my luck, but have they announced prices as well?


No idea.  Snapper's been mucking around and holding back the launch of the new HOP for months.  We were supposed to have it by now.

If you use a HOP card, you get 10% off the price of the trip.  Only works on NZ Bus vehicles (Metrolink, North Star, Waka Pacific, Go West, Link) - can't use it on Ritchies (Northern Express), Howick & Eastern, Birkenhead Transport, or Urban Express.  The new HOP when it comes out will work on all of them, and they'll swap your current HOP for a new HOP then.  You can top up at some dairies or Britomart (they'll add 10c to cover the "topup fee") or you can buy a Snapper Feeder and that allows you to top up at home over the internet with a credit card.

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Asrafrate: Any word on when the new system will be in place?

I know I'm probably pushing my luck, but have they announced prices as well?


No idea.  Snapper's been mucking around and holding back the launch of the new HOP for months.  We were supposed to have it by now.

If you use a HOP card, you get 10% off the price of the trip.  Only works on NZ Bus vehicles (Metrolink, North Star, Waka Pacific, Go West, Link) - can't use it on Ritchies (Northern Express), Howick & Eastern, Birkenhead Transport, or Urban Express.  The new HOP when it comes out will work on all of them, and they'll swap your current HOP for a new HOP then.  You can top up at some dairies or Britomart (they'll add 10c to cover the "topup fee") or you can buy a Snapper Feeder and that allows you to top up at home over the internet with a credit card.

Will the new Hop work with the Snapper NFC phone tech? I'm not in Auckland, I don't use the bus, I'm just a geek ;-)

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  Reply # 672996 15-Aug-2012 18:58
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There is a cheap parking place at the top of Airedale street, around 150 per month.

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