OUSA president Ruby Sycamore-Smith (21) holds some of the
thousands of Go Bus cards being placed in packs for
first-year students during a volunteer working bee on
campus this week, ahead of Orientation, which starts on
Monday. Photo by Brenda Harwood.
Expect to see many more young faces on public buses this
year, with university and polytechnic students being urged to
take part in a new transport scheme.
In a joint project between Otago University Students
Association (OUSA) and the Otago Regional Council (ORC),
about 4200 bus-user GoCards will be distributed to first-year
university students next week in their Orientation packs.
A further 2000 GoCards will be available to first-year
students at Otago Polytechnic and Aoraki Polytechnic.
During a trial period, running from February 17 to April 30,
all students with a GoCard and valid ID will get a 25%
discount off bus fares.
The scheme, which is open to all students at Otago
University, Otago Polytechnic and Aoraki Polytechnic, is
aimed at encouraging more students to make use of public
''It's going to be a case of use it or lose it,'' Otago
University Students Association president Ruby Sycamore-Smith
While university first years should receive the GoCards
automatically, others will be available through Otago
Polytechnic Students Association and to Aoraki Polytechnic
students through the OUSA office.
Students can also buy GoCards for $5 through the Dunedin City
Council, ORC, and the University Book Shop.