Queenstown $600k annual sweetener for $2 bus fares

Queenstown $600k annual sweetener for $2 bus fares
The Orbus network: more passengers, less drivers. (Image: BusinessDesk)
Brent Melville
One of Queenstown Lakes district council (QLDC) mayor Jim Boult’s key planks, when he took office in 2016, was to bring in cheaper and better public transport. Prior to his arrival, bus fares had been, as he said, “infrequent and unreliable”. It was also expensive, as high as $8 one-way from Queenstown to Lake Hayes, scarcely a 20-minute commute. Under Boult’s early tenure, the QLDC lobbied for a $2 uniform fare, a move deeply resisted by the Otago regional council (ORC), the manager of both the Whakatipu and D...

More Infrastructure

AI is a humungous electricity hog. That’s great
Infrastructure

AI is a humungous electricity hog. That’s great

Who better to drive clean-energy investment than some of the world’s biggest firms?

Bloomberg 20 Apr 2024
Fast-track ‘stakeholders’ list released
Economy

Fast-track ‘stakeholders’ list released

Major corporates including Carter Group and Fonterra are on the list.

Victoria Young 19 Apr 2024
Sniffing the breeze on the next four months
Economy

Pattrick Smellie: Sniffing the breeze on the next four months

A soon-to-be international absconder ponders what he'll find on return to NZ.

Pattrick Smellie 19 Apr 2024
Christchurch council wants $47m more from its trading companies
Infrastructure

Christchurch council wants $47m more from its trading companies

“There is no more money to go around,” CCHL chair says.

Oliver Lewis 18 Apr 2024