Bus plan feedback wanted

The Invercargill City Council welcomes feedback on its proposed Regional Public Transport Plan. Views and suggestions are sought on route changes, new fare structure, changes to Total Mobility and any areas where you believe the coverage of bus travel should be improved.

Three new connecting Invercargill Bus Smart routes and a new timetable are being proposed to replace the current four loops which have been used since 2012. These new routes look to address customer comments that the routes took too long, were not direct enough, and that timetables did not get them into town at the right time, particularly in the mornings.

The buses will run generally from 7am to 6pm Monday to Friday and Saturday, 10am to 3pm. This is similar to current timetables, but there will be extra buses on during the morning business run and again in the evenings to make travelling into the CBD and home again more desirable.

Also suggested is a change to the fare structure, which recognises that the service has a strong community focus and that the use of peak and off-peak fares was a disincentive.

The proposed fares are:

Children under five years – free.
Supergold Card Holders, 9am to 3pm and Saturdays – free

All other users – at all times:

Payment by Bus Smart Card (and trip tagged on and off) $2 per trip
Payment by cash $3 per trip

Check the Consultation section of the ICC website for more information including a diagram of the proposed routes and the draft version of the Regional Public Transport Plan.