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Dunedin Bus Fares To Increase From July

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Bus fares across the Dunedin network will increase from 1 July 2009.

Fare increases are due to the rising cost in recent years of operating buses, modernising the fleet, adding additional services, and improving infrastructure such as shelters. Prior to the 2007-08 year there had been no increase in Dunedin bus fares for five years.

Otago Regional Council (ORC) Director Corporate Services Wayne Scott said Dunedin buses are subsidised through targeted rates and government funding.

"Government policy set out in the New Zealand Transport Agency guidelines says bus users should pay for 50 percent of the cost of services. The Council supports this target. Currently, only about 40 percent of the cost of running Dunedin bus services is recouped from bus fares. ORC contracted services and commercial service fares will increase," Mr Scott said.

"In order to have a sustainable bus service and continue to make prudent and practical improvements that benefit Dunedin bus users it is necessary to raise fare prices."

Under the new fare structure effective from 1 July cash fares will increase by 25 percent. Eg. a zone 1 adult cash fare will increase from $1.50 to $1.90. A zone 4 adult cash fare will increase from $2.90 to $3.60.

GoCard, the ORC integrated bus ticket, will continue to offer users a 10 percent discount on the cash fare. Over 22, 000 GoCards have been issued in Dunedin, making it one of the most widely used electronic bus tickets, per head of population in New Zealand.

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