Public transport in Dunedin, New Zealand is mainly by bus. Three bus companies operate routes under their respective brands, co-branded with the Otago Regional Council as "GoBus". There are 18 weekday routes and 12 weekend/public holiday routes.
Bus fares are paid for by cash, or by the electronic ticketing system "GoCard" which replaced paper multi-trip tickets in November 2007.
The GoBus network is operated with over 55 low floor wheelchair-accessible buses, and a further 2-3 non-wheelchair accessible buses mainly used at peak hours. Bus route service contracts are often split between weekday services and weeknight-weekend-holiday services. There are currently (in 2011) three local bus companies:
- Passenger Transport-Citibus (also known under their pre-merger names: Dunedin Passenger Transport and Citibus) operates the great majority of weekday routes, and all evening/weekend/public holiday routes.
- Ritchies Transport operates weekday services to Pine Hill, Opoho, Lookout Point and Shiel Hill
- Mosgiel Coach Services operates one service to Kaikorai Valley and Concord
Weekdays and SaturdaysEdit
Weekday and Saturday services run Monday to Friday from 6:30am to between 6:00pm and 7:00pm (depending on route), when the Weekday evening services take over, and from about 7am to 10pm on Saturdays.
Most bus routes from the north and west are interconnected with routes from the south, with buses continuing from one route through to the other, forming one long bus route. For example, buses from Pine Hill continue though the Octagon to Lookout Point, and vice versa. Buses are signed through to their destination, so a bus from Pine Hill will be signed "40 Lookout Point", not "5 Octagon" and then "40 Lookout Point" (unless the bus terminates at the Octagon).
All services except Ravensbourne Hill and Palmerston are required to accept wheelchairs, and some are required to accept bikes as indicated in the table; bike and wheelchair accepting buses may appear on other routes from time to time.
|Outer terminus||via||Central terminus||Interconnected route(s)||Notes|
|1/2||Palmerston||Waikouaiti, Karitane, Waitati|| Dunedin |
|-||Special fares apply|
|3/4||Garden Village||Glenleith, Gardens, University, George Street||Octagon||23/24 Ocean Grove|
|5/6||Pine Hill||Gardens, George Street||Octagon||39/40 Lookout Point|
|8/9||Normanby||Gardens, George Street||Octagon||28/29 St Clair|
|10/11||Opoho||Gardens, George Street||Octagon||21/22 Shiel Hill|
|13/14|| Port Chalmers |
|Port Chalmers Central, Sawyers Bay, Roseneath, St Leonards, Burkes, Ravensbourne, Fertilizer Works, Logan Park, University (inbound), George Street (inbound), Octagon (inbound)|| Countdown |
|17/18||Portobello||Edwards Bay, Turnbulls Bay, Broad Bay, Company Bay, Macandrew Bay, The Cove, Exchange||Centre City New World||-|
|19/20||Highcliff||Waverley, Musselburgh (outbound), Exchange||Centre City New World||-|
|21/22||Shiel Hill||Musselburgh, Exchange||Octagon||10/11 Opoho|
|23/24||Ocean Grove||Bay Cemetery, Cargills Corner, Exchange||Octagon||3/4 Garden Village|
|25/26||St Kilda||Cargills Corner, Exchange||Octagon|| 53/55 Brockville |
57/58 Halfway Bush
|28/29||St Clair||Cargills Corner, Exchange||Octagon||8/9 Normanby|
|32/34||Corstorphine||Kew, Cargills Corner, Exchange||Octagon|
|37/38||Concord||Kenmure, Bradford, Kaikorai, Moana Pool, Octagon (outbound), George Street (outbound)||University||-|
|39/40||Lookout Point / Calton Hill Template:Ref||Caversham, Exchange||Octagon||5/6 Pine Hill|
|50/51||Helensburgh||Wakari, Kaikorai, Moana Pool, Octagon George Street||University|
|53/55||Brockville||Halfway Bush, Kaikorai, Moana Pool, George Street (inbound)||Octagon||25/26 St Kilda|
|57/58||Halfway Bush||Brockville, Bradford, Kaikorai, Moana Pool, George Street (inbound)||Octagon||25/26 St Kilda|
|59/60||Bradford||Belleknowles, Belgrave Crescent, City Rise, Octagon, George Street||University||-|
|61/62||Kenmure||Mornington, Octagon, George Street||University||-|
|63/64||Balaclava||Mornington, Octagon, George Street||University||-|
|66/67||Belgrave Crescent||Roslyn, Maori Hill, Prospect Park, University, George Street||Octagon||-|
|70/71||Brighton||Ocean View, Waldronville, Green Island, Burnside, Caversham, Cargills Corner (inbound), Exchange, Octagon||Centre City New World||-|
|Abbotsford Central, Green Island, Burnside, Caversham, Cargills Corner (inbound), Exchange, Octagon||Centre City New World||-|
|74/75||Green Island||Burnside, Caversham, Cargills Corner (inbound), Exchange, Octagon||Centre City New World||-|
|Mosgiel Gordon Road, Fairfield, Sunnyvale, Green Island, Burnside, Caversham, Cargills Corner (inbound), Exchange, Octagon||Centre City New World||-|
|Mosgiel Centre Road, Dunedin Southern Motorway, Exchange, Octagon||Centre City New World||-|| Mosgiel Express |
|Mosgiel East, Gordon Road, Mosgiel West|| Mosgiel|
|-|| Mosgiel Loop |
- Template:Fontcolor Route operated by Passenger Transport Citibus
- Template:Fontcolor Route operated by Ritchies
- Template:Fontcolor Route operated by Mosgiel Coach Services
- All buses on route are required to be wheelchair-accessible
- Buses on route are required to be fitted with bike racks
- Bike racks and wheelchair accessibility are available on many other routes in addition to those on which they are required
Weekday evenings, Sundays and Public HolidaysEdit
Weekday evenings services operate from about 6pm to 11pm and Sundays and Public Holidays services run from about 9am to 6pm. All services are operated by Passenger Transport Citibus, and they all accept wheelchairs and bikes.
|7||Octagon||George Street, Gardens, Pine Hill, Opoho|
|8/9||Octagon||George Street, Gardens, Normanby||interconnects with 28/29 St Clair|
|13/14||Countdown Cumberland Street||Logan Park, Fertilizer Works, Ravensbourne, Burkes, St Leonards, Roseneath, Sawyers Bay, Port Chalmers, Harrington Street|
|17/18||Centre City New World||Exchange, The Cove, Macandrew Bay, Company Bay, Broad Bay, Turnbulls Bay, Edwards Bay, Portobello|
|27||Octagon||Exchange, Cargills Corner, St Kilda, Musselburgh, Shiel Hill||not Saturday daytimes|
|27B||Octagon||Exchange, Cargills Corner, St Kilda||Saturday daytime|
|27C||Octagon||Exchange, Cargills Corner (return only), Musselburgh, Shiel Hill||Saturday daytime|
|28/29||Octagon||Exchange, Cargills Corner, St Clair||interconnects with 8/9 Normanby|
|36||Octagon||Exchange, Cargills Corner, Kew, Corstorphine, Caversham|
|56||Octagon||George Street (return only), Moana Pool, Kaikorai, Brockville, Halfway Bush, Wakari Hospital|
|65||Octagon||Mornington, Balaclava, Lookout Point, Kenmure||continues to University Saturday daytime|
|68||Octagon||City Rise, Roslyn, Maori Hill, University, George Street|
|69||Octagon||Moana Pool, Kaikorai, Wakari, Helensburgh, Maori Hill, Gardens, University, George Street|
|70/71||Centre City New World||Octagon, Exchange, Cargills Corner (return only), Caversham, Burnside, Green Island, Waldronville, Ocean View, Brighton|
|72/73||Centre City New World||Octagon, Exchange, Cargills Corner (return only), Caversham, Burnside, Green Island, Abbotsford, McKinlay Road||not Sundays or Public holidays|
|74/75||Centre City New World||Octagon, Exchange, Cargills Corner (return only), Caversham, Burnside, Green Island|
|76/77||Centre City New World||Octagon, Exchange, Cargills Corner (return only), Caversham, Burnside, Green Island, Sunnyvale, Fairfield, Mosgiel, Centre Street|
Other transport servicesEdit
Taxi companies in Dunedin include the following:
- City Taxis
- Dunedin Taxis
- United Taxis Dunedin
There are no conventional bus services to Dunedin International Airport: this airport is served by a large fleet of shuttle vans provided by several operators including most of the local taxi companies. Airport shuttle vans typically travel non-stop to or from the airport and meander about the city and suburbs picking up or dropping passengers at each address.
Organising public transport in DunedinEdit
The vast majority of Dunedin's bus network is designed, specified, contracted and subsidised by the Otago Regional Council and funded by ratepayers. Buses use the individual companies' livery with Otago Regional Council GoBus stickers added. A couple of bus routes are operated commercially outside the Regional Council's control but still under the GoBus brand. All services are regulated by the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA). The Dunedin City Council has no administrative role other than as provider of the road infrastructure (with the exception of State Highways, for which NZTA is the provider), street furniture such as signs and seats and regulation of parking at bus stops. However, the city council is involved in discussions with the regional council over taking over the management of public transport.
All GoBus services except the Palmerston service operate on a zone-based fare scheme. There are seven concentric fare zones, with Zone 1 containing central Dunedin, and Zone 7 containing Mosgiel, Brighton, and Harington Point. The Palmerston service operates independently of the zone system.
Fares are either paid in cash to the driver of the bus, or by GoCard. The GoCard is a radio frequency identification stored value card, similar to London's Oyster Card and identical (except for branding) to the Metrocard used for public transport in Christchurch. GoCards can be bought from the bus driver, or from Otago Regional Council or Dunedin City Council offices for $5, with a minimum top-up value of $10.
From 1 October 2010, GoBus fares are:
History of public transport in DunedinEdit
The Dunedin City Council operated other forms of public transport — the Dunedin cable tramway system (similar to the famous San Francisco cable cars) operated between 1881 and 1957; electric trams operated on several routes from 1900 to 1956; and trolleybuses from 1950 to 1982.
New Zealand Government Railways Department operated Commuter trains from the Dunedin Railway Station to Wingatui and Mosgiel, and to Port Chalmers until 1982 and 1979, respectively. They also operated motor buses to the suburbs of Warrington, Cherry Farm, Brighton, Outram, Mosgiel.
Former public transport operators companies in Dunedin include Turnbulls (Dunedin to Portobello); Newtons (Dunedin to Waverley), Otago Road Services (Dunedin to the suburbs of Green Island, Abbotsford and Fairfield) and Cesta Travel, later called Southeastern (a wide range of routes at various times).
The Taieri Gorge Railway has expressed interest in running a reinstated commuter rail service in Dunedin, but has no plans to proceed with the idea without funding. The Otago Regional Council is opposed, maintaining that Dunedin's passenger transport requirements are being adequately served by the bus system.
- ↑ Dunedin public bus services on Otago Regional Council website
- ↑ Gobus timetable, 1 July 2013
- ↑ Gobus timetable, 1 July 2013
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- ↑ ORC.gov.nz
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