Dunedin Bus Fares and Frequency Business Case Study

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With the New Dunedin Hospital being built, the current transport system around it, which thousands of people in Dunedin use, may have to change. This is our opportunity to make improvements and get more people on the bus.

As partners in Connecting Dunedin, we are ambitious about getting more people on buses, which will not only assist in reducing traffic around the hospital build disruptions but have long-term benefits for Dunedin as a whole. This city continues to grow and with it, private vehicle use

in 2018, 3.4% people in Dunedin said they travelled to work by bus. We want to shift the number toward 8% by 2030. While it doesn’t sound like a lot, it will have a major impact on our roads and our carbon emissions.

We have contracted a consultancy, Stantec, to conduct an eight-month study into the future of Dunedin’s public transport system to support long-term bus use, with a focus on fares and frequency of the buses.

The purpose of the Fares and Frequency Business Case (FFBC) is to develop a plan to increase bus usage for commuters to work, school, polytech and university, which reduces carbon emissions from single occupant vehicles, and which is realistic and fundable.

To assist with the research, we’re seeking feedback from people in Dunedin to better understand their travel choices and bus use around work and education. Your feedback will help us to understand what areas have the most potential to make the service more user-friendly. Specifically:

  • What changes need to be made to the current timetabled services to better accommodate work and school start and finish times, remove gaps and standardise frequencies.
  • Which routes would grow their peak patronage the most from making them more frequent, and how those changes could be staged.
  • What fare structure* should apply and are there additional revenue sources available to support public transport services.


We want to hear from you

This survey will be open until the end of Thursday 24 November.

The questions are simple multiple choice and it takes around 5 minutes to complete. There is no need to register.

By giving us your feedback and entering your contact details in the survey, you will also go in to the draw to win one of five $20 Bee Card credits. Terms and conditions apply.

This survey has conluded.


*A note about fares

Currently the bus fare for a ride is half the normal fare due to the Government half-priced fares scheme, which is due to end on 31 January 2023. The normal adult bus fare is $3 cash or $2 using a Bee Card. When answering the questions in this survey about fare increases, please note that this is referring to an increase of the normal fare using a Bee Card ($2 a trip).

Learn more here.

With the New Dunedin Hospital being built, the current transport system around it, which thousands of people in Dunedin use, may have to change. This is our opportunity to make improvements and get more people on the bus.

As partners in Connecting Dunedin, we are ambitious about getting more people on buses, which will not only assist in reducing traffic around the hospital build disruptions but have long-term benefits for Dunedin as a whole. This city continues to grow and with it, private vehicle use

in 2018, 3.4% people in Dunedin said they travelled to work by bus. We want to shift the number toward 8% by 2030. While it doesn’t sound like a lot, it will have a major impact on our roads and our carbon emissions.

We have contracted a consultancy, Stantec, to conduct an eight-month study into the future of Dunedin’s public transport system to support long-term bus use, with a focus on fares and frequency of the buses.

The purpose of the Fares and Frequency Business Case (FFBC) is to develop a plan to increase bus usage for commuters to work, school, polytech and university, which reduces carbon emissions from single occupant vehicles, and which is realistic and fundable.

To assist with the research, we’re seeking feedback from people in Dunedin to better understand their travel choices and bus use around work and education. Your feedback will help us to understand what areas have the most potential to make the service more user-friendly. Specifically:

  • What changes need to be made to the current timetabled services to better accommodate work and school start and finish times, remove gaps and standardise frequencies.
  • Which routes would grow their peak patronage the most from making them more frequent, and how those changes could be staged.
  • What fare structure* should apply and are there additional revenue sources available to support public transport services.


We want to hear from you

This survey will be open until the end of Thursday 24 November.

The questions are simple multiple choice and it takes around 5 minutes to complete. There is no need to register.

By giving us your feedback and entering your contact details in the survey, you will also go in to the draw to win one of five $20 Bee Card credits. Terms and conditions apply.

This survey has conluded.


*A note about fares

Currently the bus fare for a ride is half the normal fare due to the Government half-priced fares scheme, which is due to end on 31 January 2023. The normal adult bus fare is $3 cash or $2 using a Bee Card. When answering the questions in this survey about fare increases, please note that this is referring to an increase of the normal fare using a Bee Card ($2 a trip).

Learn more here.