Dunedin residents disgruntled with the city's public bus
service have a chance to suggest improvements to the Otago
The ORC has launched a public survey of bus passenger needs
for several Dunedin routes - Garden Village, Roslyn/Maori
Hill/Prospect Park, Peninsula, Port Chalmers/Ravensbourne and
It has proposed changes to those routes, for which contracts
expire on July 1 next year.
The ORC aimed to simplify the public bus network for users,
focus travel where user demand indicated a need for services,
and provide more reliable travel schedules.
Last month, a small number of Dunedin residents fed up with
what they said was a lacklustre public bus service formed a
group called Bus Go Dunedin.
They planned to lobby the ORC and other city organisations
for improvements, including cheaper fares, more legible bus
timetables, extended operating hours and more frequent stops
on some routes.
Bus Go Dunedin members said more people would use public
buses if the network was improved, which in turn would make
it more cost-effective to run.
They warned that until then, the service would be ignored by
ORC director of policy and resource planning Fraser McRae
said the changes were proposed to better meet passenger
There were some parts of the network where people had asked
for route or timetable changes, and where patronage was so
low the service viability was in doubt, he said.
Public opinion would determine whether the changes would be
implemented as proposed.
Surveys for each of the affected routes were available on the
council's website (www.orc.govt.nz/buses/surveys)
and anyone with an interest in the services was encouraged to
complete the surveys online.
Printed surveys were also being distributed this week to
residents in two areas where bus services in their current
form might be discontinued - Murray, Skibo and Lockerbie Sts,
in Kew, and on the Peninsula beyond Portobello.
All options for suitable bus services between Harwood and
Harington Point were being considered by the ORC, in
consultation with residents and community board members.
Survey responses must be lodged by December 20. Changes will
take effect from July next year.