Students and staff queue to catch buses as they roll up at
the Albany St stop near the University of Otago. Photo by
A 25% discount on fares seems to be drawing students on
to the city's public bus system, the Otago Regional Council
The council, along with the student associations of
University of Otago and Otago Polytechnic, are trialling the
discount until the end of April.
As part of the trial, students of both organisations and
Aoraki Polytechnic also received a free GoCard as an
Cr Michael Deaker said at a committee meeting last week there
had been a ''surge'' in student patronage of the bus system.
In the first 22 days of the trial, 18,223 student trips were
recorded as using the bus service, and it appeared to be
stabilising at that level, he said.
The most popular routes were those from Normanby, Opoho,
Balaclava and Kenmure.
Given the council was having to review its bus services, it
needed to be mindful of the ''dramatic'' change in the
population of bus users.
''We don't want anything to deter this very encouraging
trend,'' he said.
Communications manager Peter Taylor said the council had
received a tweet from a student saying they had saved $110
due to fare discount.
Otago University Students' Association president Ruby
Sycamore-Smith said the association was really happy with the
numbers and hoped students would continue to use it
Feedback was that it was mostly local Dunedin city students
and older students who used the service, as they lived