NZ bus advocacy

People in Dunedin are forming a public transport advocacy group to try and make improvements to the service

October 21, 2013

People in Dunedin, NZ, are forming an advocacy group to support and promote the city’s public transport system and campaign for improvements to the service.

The group, named Bus Go Dunedin: Bus Users and Supporters Group Otepoti Dunedin, will hold a public meeting next month to seek founding member and elect officers to manage the organisation.

The group has been formed by "environmental and social justice activists," according to a statement released by organisers this week.

Their aim is to support and promote Dunedin's public transport system and campaign on behalf of users for improvements to the service.

"Buses should have a key role in a modern transport system for Dunedin," says group spokesperson Alex King.

"Managed right, they could be a convenient travel option that is desirable to a large proportion of Dunedin's population."

King says they are also delighted that several pro-Public Transport candidates have been elected to the Dunedin City Council and Otago Regional Council.

"We look forward to a smooth transition of administration of the bus network to the DCC.

"Then Dunedin's transport policy will be unified under one roof, and public transport can be integrated with walking, cycling, cars, trucks and rail."

The group will hold a public meeting at the former High Street School building at 7pm on November 13.

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