The Otago Regional Council is set to trial discounted bus
fares for students in an effort to get more scarfies using
Council support services manager Gerard Collings said as part
of the trial tertiary students would be offered a 25%
discount on bus fares during March and April.
If the trial was successful, a permanent reduction of fares
for students could be included in next year's annual plan, Mr
''If it's not going to be at the detriment of the fare
revenue across the network then it's got to be a good thing
if it encourages students to use public transport.''
The council would cover any loss in revenue to bus operators
from the trial, but it was possible increased patronage could
''We would anticipate that an incentive like this will get
more students on the bus, so we believe the risk to council
is very low.''
The final details of the trial would likely be finalised over
the next three weeks, he said.
The Otago University Students' Association and Otago
Polytechnic Students' Association have long been pushing for
OUSA president Francisco Hernandez said student fares had
been a ''holy grail'' for student politicians and it was
great to finally make progress on the issue.
Reduced fares would make it easier for students to live
further away from the university, while also being good for
the environment, Mr Hernandez said.
During the two-month trial, the OUSA would work hard to
promote bus use among students, he added.