The Otago Regional Council says it will consider handing
responsibility for public transport to the Dunedin City
The concession came as submitters to yesterday's hearing on
the DCC's draft transport strategy called for the ORC to
relinquish responsibility for the network, and for the city
council to improve the service.
The calls came as ORC deputy chairman David Shepherd told the
hearing there needed to be closer collaboration between the
city and regional councils over transport issues.
That included on the development of a new central city hub
for the city's bus network, the ORC's submission said.
However, Cr Jinty MacTavish said the ''elephant in the room''
was public transport, and asked Mr Shepherd if the ORC would
consider handing over responsibility to the DCC.
Mr Shepherd said the regional council was ''open-minded''
about the idea, but was prepared to consider it.
''In the process of collaboration it's something we would
discuss ... at some future date.''
However, council transportation planning manager Sarah
Connolly confirmed a report on the issue was being finalised,
and the chief executives of both organisations, Paul Orders
and Peter Bodeker, would be briefed within weeks.
Councillors from both organisations were yet to see the
report, but a decision on how to proceed would be decided
after the briefing, she said.
The news came two years after the Otago Daily Times
reported the DCC and ORC were in talks about a possible
transfer of the public transport network to the city council.