There has been a 4.7% increase in the number of trips taken
on Dunedin's buses in the past six months.
Trips on city buses, including both Otago Regional
Council-contracted services and fully commercial services, in
the six months from August 2012 to January 2013, increased on
the same period the year before, a report this week to the
council's finance and corporate committee has shown.
While exact figures could not be provided due to sensitivity
around commercial service numbers, rough estimates presented
in graph form at the meeting showed trip numbers were at
their highest in August at just over 200,000, compared to
about 190,000 the year before. Trip numbers dropped to about
160,000 in January, still above the about 140,000 the year
September (180,000) was the only month not to surpass the
previous year's figures (210,000). Corporate services
director Wayne Scott said the increase was above the
council's targets and projections.