Bus use increases

There has been a 4.7% increase in the number of trips taken on Dunedin's buses in the past six months.

Trips on city buses, including both Otago Regional Council-contracted services and fully commercial services, in the six months from August 2012 to January 2013, increased on the same period the year before, a report this week to the council's finance and corporate committee has shown.

While exact figures could not be provided due to sensitivity around commercial service numbers, rough estimates presented in graph form at the meeting showed trip numbers were at their highest in August at just over 200,000, compared to about 190,000 the year before. Trip numbers dropped to about 160,000 in January, still above the about 140,000 the year before.

September (180,000) was the only month not to surpass the previous year's figures (210,000). Corporate services director Wayne Scott said the increase was above the council's targets and projections.

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