Who says there's no such thing as a free bus

Who says there's no such thing as a free bus
A bus pulls into the Christchurch bus interchange could it be free to catch one day? (Image: Oliver Lewis).
Oliver Lewis
A move to halve public transport fares in response to the high cost of fuel has boosted calls to make trains, buses and ferries permanently free.The prime minister announced a 25c per litre reduction in fuel taxes on Monday as well as half-price public transport fares for three months.Compared to the $350 million cost of the fuel tax cut, the public transport move was costed at about $25m to $40m.Auckland councillor Efeso Collins, who is campaigning for the mayoralty on a platform including fare-free public transport, welcomed the move, as did...

More Policy

E-bike subsidy fell by the wayside
Policy

E-bike subsidy fell by the wayside

Former transport minister considered a $100m subsidy scheme for Budget 2022.

Oliver Lewis 04 Mar 2024
Budget overruns or schools overrun?
Policy Business of Education

Cameron Bagrie: Budget overruns or schools overrun?

The new pandemic is inflation, and it's killing school projects we need.

Cameron Bagrie 01 Mar 2024
ComCom says Free Trade Act too lenient
Policy

ComCom says Free Trade Act too lenient

ComCom chair John Small told MPs the Fair Trading Act passed in 1986 was outdated.

Jem Traylen 01 Mar 2024
Waimea Dam dispute could end up like North Otago scheme, crown funder says
Primary Sector

Waimea Dam dispute could end up like North Otago scheme, crown funder says

It's hoped the adjudication process will be wrapped up by June.

Riley Kennedy 01 Mar 2024