The future of discount bus fares for students hangs in the
air as one bus company is unsure of the scheme's viability.
A trial of the 25% discount, which ran from February to May
in conjunction with students returning to the city for the
new tertiary year, has continued for the past four weeks
while bus operators assessed whether it should continue
Otago Regional Council corporate services director Wayne
Scott said Ritchies Transport had indicated it wished to
continue with the concession, as there had been a lift in
users on its bus routes.
However, GoBus (formerly Dunedin Public Transport-Citibus)
was not convinced, believing there had been a shift from cash
fare to card use and was not keen to continue with the
Staff had met the company and were doing further analysis to
prove there had been some ''uplift'' which would offset some
of the patronage decline.
''We're still discussing it with them,'' Mr Scott said.
Chairman Stephen Woodhead said he encouraged staff to work
towards both companies continuing the discount, as there had
been reasonable support from students.