Bus fares rise opposed

The University of Otago is opposed to the 25% increase in bus fares proposed by the Otago Regional Council.

At draft long-term council community plan hearings in Dunedin yesterday, university director of property services, Barry MacKay, said the rise could be seen to discourage people from taking the bus and use private vehicles more.

It would be in direct contradiction to the university's sustainability policy, he said.

The university was also "very keen" to see the Leith Lindsay flood protection scheme work begin, as it hoped the work would assist in bringing more people to campus, he said.

The Waikouaiti Coast Community Board asked for cheaper and more frequent bus services to the Waikouaiti coast area.


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