Smaller buses may be a part of Dunedin's revamped public
transport system, as the Otago Regional Council looks for
flexibility in the network.
ORC support services manager Gerard Collings said yesterday
as new contracts were awarded, the council would try to
''optimise'' bus sizes. The ORC will next month begin
consultation on the service, following a draft Otago regional
public transport plan that includes faster and more direct
The plan has been developed this year by the regional
council, along with the Dunedin City Council, New Zealand
Transport Agency, Queenstown Lakes District Council and bus
In May, the city council voted to support in principle a
transfer of public transport governance and planning
responsibilities from the ORC to the DCC.
Under government legislation, the regional council was
required to put the plan together, so whoever runs the
service could tender for new or replacement providers.
Several contracts with bus companies expire next June, and
Use of smaller buses has been suggested as a way of providing
a cheaper service on routes with lower patronage.
Mr Collings said buses needed to be big enough to handle peak
times on any route they serviced. However, he anticipated
smaller buses may be used in the future. A change in New
Zealand Transport Agency policy for urban buses
in the past few years meant there was more flexibility.