The temporary halving of public transport fares may boost Auckland patronage by 10-15%, Stuff reveals. The Government initiative kicks in nationwide on April 1, designed to offer relief for motorists struggling with the surge in fuel prices. However, AT painted a conservative picture of the impact the fare-halving initiative will have. “Our biggest issue is a lack of demand, not how much the fares are,” said Mark Lambert, the executive general manager of integrated networks.