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The Auckland Regional Transport Authority in New Zealand plans to introduce a smart card ticketing system within the next year, according to the agency's most recent transit plan. Details of the system were unclear, with the agency saying the scheme still is undergoing design. The move comes as the agency also plans to increase train capacity and bus services to meet growing demand. "Public transport growth in Auckland is now firmly on the move," Peter Clark, the agency's general manager, says in a statement. "The increasing rise of petrol [costs] coupled with improved passenger transport services should only see this trend continuing." The agency says it provides 52 million trips each year, a figure it hopes to increase to 100 million by 2016.

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