Funding boost for GoBus

Improvements to Dunedin's GoBus programme will continue with the announcement the Government will contribute $9.7 million during the next three years.

The funding was announced by the New Zealand Transport Agency yesterday as part of the national land transport programme.

Together with the Otago Regional Council contribution of $9.1 million, the funding will go towards operating and improving bus services, shelters, ticketing and marketing.

Otago regional transport committee chairman Stephen Woodhead said the funding gave the council certainty and meant it could continue its planned GoBus improvements, which had already had 218 new services and four new routes in the past three years.

"I think, as a council, we're pretty damn happy."

The council would now undertake less expensive and practical changes to improve convenience for people using buses, he said.

Improvements planned for the next three years included more and improved shelters, better timetable information at bus shelters and better paper timetables, the use of student ID cards on buses and better services to southern areas, such as Mosgiel.


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