Improving our bus service – with Alex King and Peter Dowden

Having a good public transportation system is part of any successful city. And it is critical for residents who may for various reasons either not own a car or be unable to drive. Since I came to Dunedin in 1994, I’ve watched Dunedin’s bus service steadily improve, particularly so in recent years. If you haven’t taken a bus for a while here in Dunedin, I suggest you do! Surveys show that Dunedin’s buses are more reliable and on time. Many of the buses now have bike racks. In general, they are driven by friendly drivers! Of course there is a still a lot of room for improvement – in terms of cost, frequency and coverage over the weekend.

This programme is about IMPROVING OUR BUS SERVICE. Why is a good bus service important for all of us – even those of us who do not take the bus? What kinds of changes can we expect to happen with Dunedin’s bus service? What is the new bus hub going to be like? Will it be an improvement?

My guests are Alex King and Peter Dowden who are founding members of Bus Go – a public transport advocacy group whose aim is to improve Dunedin’s bus service for everyone. Alex and Peter are Co-Presidents of Bus Go. Alex is passionate about low carbon sustainable solutions for the city, has been involved with many sustainability groups over the years including Transition Valley 473. He is part of the Co-housing group on High St. Peter is a bus driver here in Dunedin. He is also President of the Dunedin Branch of the Tramways Union and a driver for the Otago Heritage Buses. Like Alex, he is passionate about promoting a sustainable future for Dunedin. They are both keen to see an excellent bus service here in Dunedin that serves everyone well.

To listen to this programme about Improving our Bus Service please click on http://new.accessradio.org/Player.aspx?eid=266364dd-8182-4cdc-bef8-7854a99586d9

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This programme was originally broadcast on  the  27th August 2015 with the help of Otago Access Radio 105.4FM. Eco Living in Action is hosted by Maureen Howard and is supported by Sustainable Dunedin City.

Peter with a former Dunedin bus just arrived in Normanby from Wellington (via Mt Cargill): a restoration project for the Otago Heritage Bus Society

Peter with a former Dunedin bus just arrived in Normanby from Wellington (via Mt Cargill): a restoration project for the Otago Heritage Bus Society.

Alex on a bus in George Street

Alex on a bus in George Street

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