Short-term flat fares proposed for Orbus with introduction of the Bee Card

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This consultation has now closed.

The Otago Regional Council has said yes to a proposal for temporary “flat” fares when the Orbus network transitions from the GoCard to the Bee Card, the new tag-on tag-off bus card that is being introduced later this winter.

The flat fare is a simple fare structure. In Dunedin, we’re proposing to temporarily remove the five fare zones, tertiary student concession and GoExtra concession. We’ll replace that with one zone and three simple fares plus free travel for SuperGold card holders at any time. These are the proposed fares:

  • $2 with a Bee Card for all (other than youth)
  • $1.50 with a Bee Card for youth (5–18 year olds)
  • $3 cash fare (no Bee Card) for all passengers

Tertiary and GoExtra users would pay the adult fare with a Bee Card. In other words, no matter where you travel across the network whether travelling from Mosgiel to Port Chalmers for instance or from Opoho to Pak n Save, a single trip with a Bee Card would be $2 per adult and $1.50 for 5-18 year olds (with free transfers).

The flat fares would coincide with the launch of the Bee Card.

Bus trips will remain free until the transition to the Bee Card.

In the short-term, we want to know if you support simplifying the five-fare zone to one zone and setting the three flat fare tariffs of $2 and $1.50 using the Bee Card, and $3 for a cash fare.

Consultation closed Thursday 2 July, 5pm

This consultation has now closed.

The Otago Regional Council has said yes to a proposal for temporary “flat” fares when the Orbus network transitions from the GoCard to the Bee Card, the new tag-on tag-off bus card that is being introduced later this winter.

The flat fare is a simple fare structure. In Dunedin, we’re proposing to temporarily remove the five fare zones, tertiary student concession and GoExtra concession. We’ll replace that with one zone and three simple fares plus free travel for SuperGold card holders at any time. These are the proposed fares:

  • $2 with a Bee Card for all (other than youth)
  • $1.50 with a Bee Card for youth (5–18 year olds)
  • $3 cash fare (no Bee Card) for all passengers

Tertiary and GoExtra users would pay the adult fare with a Bee Card. In other words, no matter where you travel across the network whether travelling from Mosgiel to Port Chalmers for instance or from Opoho to Pak n Save, a single trip with a Bee Card would be $2 per adult and $1.50 for 5-18 year olds (with free transfers).

The flat fares would coincide with the launch of the Bee Card.

Bus trips will remain free until the transition to the Bee Card.

In the short-term, we want to know if you support simplifying the five-fare zone to one zone and setting the three flat fare tariffs of $2 and $1.50 using the Bee Card, and $3 for a cash fare.

Consultation closed Thursday 2 July, 5pm

  • This survey closed at 5pm, 2 July 2020

    The proposed flat fare is designed to make bus travel more convenient and attractive, as well as allow passengers to ease into the Bee Card after many weeks of COVID-19 free bus travel.


    In Dunedin, we’re proposing to temporarily remove the fare zones, tertiary student concession and GoExtra concession. We’ll replace that with three simple fares and free all-day travel for SuperGold card holders. 


    This is temporary. As part of reviewing the Regional Public Transport Plan (RPTP) we will have a more comprehensive look at fares later in the year.


    In the short-term, we want to know if you support simplifying the five-fare zone Orbus network to one zone and setting the three flat fare tariffs. 


    This consultation closes on Thursday 2 July, at 5pm.


    Note that names and feedback are included on papers available to the public and media. They can also be made public as part of ORC’s decision-making process (we will not make your phone or e-mail details public).



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