Tertiary education students will continue to receive a 25%
discount to use Dunedin's public bus services, if a proposal
is adopted by the Otago Regional Council (ORC) tomorrow.
The ORC, along with the student associations of the
University of Otago and Otago Polytechnic, initiated a trial
of a 25% discount on fares which started in Orientation Week
and ended at the start of May.
Since then the discount had continued while the city's two
bus operators Ritchies Transport and GoBus (formerly Dunedin
Public Transport-Citibus) considered whether demand for the
service made it commercially viable in the long term.
Council chief executive Peter Bodeker said after some initial
reluctance by GoBus, both companies had come on board and
offered to continue the trial.
The council would consider adopting the continued discount
when it signs off on the annual plan tomorrow.
Otago University Students' Association president Ruby
Sycamore-Smith said if the council adopted the discount
long-term it would be ''awesome''.
''Students will be really happy as a lot use it and want to
It had turned out to be a great move to get more students on
buses, he said.
''That's the way to do it.''