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More morning options in the revised schedule

Public backlash has prompted Otago Regional Council to retain more morning bus options despite its impending schedule reduction.

Thirty-four new morning journeys have been included in Dunedin’s reduced timetable, which will be in place for at least a month from Tuesday.

Getting to work on time was a worry for bus users when the initial reduced timetable was revealed, showing the abolition of several early bus services.

Transport director Doug Rodgers said passengers had contacted the council about the need for early departures on the new reduced timetable.

“We have been working with operators to update schedules and facilitate additional morning services in light of this feedback,” Rodgers said.

Bus cancellations have been commonplace as drivers grapple with Covid-19 and winter illnesses in an already understaffed industry, prompting the council to prioritize certainty over frequency with a temporarily reduced schedule.

“The shortage of drivers has limited what we can do, but we have ensured that our school services remain operational, and these additional services in the morning will help those who start work before 8am,” he said. declared.

Overall, bus times in Dunedin would be reduced by “just under” a third.

Meanwhile, the overall reduction in the Queenstown bus timetable would be by a quarter.

Timetable information on the council’s website did not show the extra buses yesterday, but timetables will be adjusted “in due course”, the council said.

Information about the changes will be published as website alerts and Transit app notifications.

The Orbus Dunedin and Queenstown Facebook pages will also feature all major network updates, and passengers can also call the council for information on the impact of their journey.

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