A decision on the future of the student fare discount for
Dunedin's buses will be made soon, but in the meantime the
discount will continue.
The Otago Regional Council, 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 yesterday.
As part of the trial, students of both organisations and
Aoraki Polytechnic also received a free GoCard as an
While final figures on the success of the trial were not yet
known, earlier indications were that uptake of the discount
fare was positive, with an estimated average of 6000 trips a
week taken by students during the first six weeks of the
Council corporate services director Wayne Scott said once the
data was in, the council would talk to bus operators to see
whether continuing the service was commercially viable.
''We need to sit down and decide if it met the objectives of
The council was ''delighted'' with the use students had made
of the service but the issue was whether that converted into
commercial reality, he said.
A decision would be made as soon as possible and, in the
meantime, the discount would continue.
Otago University Students' Association president Ruby
Sycamore-Smith said that from the feedback the association
had received, there was demand for the discount fare.
There continued to be approaches for the GoCards and students
were using the buses.
''We hope the system continues in the long run, but realise
it depends on how the ORC views the usage.''
The fact the council was continuing the trial until a
decision was made was a great ''strategic'' decision, she