City buses to offer free Wi-Fi to passengers

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Dunedin buses are set to get free Wi-Fi on board, the Otago Regional Council has confirmed.

Council support services manager Gerard Collings told The Star on Wednesday that “[We are] pretty chuffed about it.”

Council staff were aiming to have the wireless internet up and running by the end of September, but there could be a “slight delay” because appropriate equipment had to be installed in the buses, Mr Collings said.

It was hopefully going to tie in with the next route changes in September, he said.

This included the start of the new Ridge Runner service, between South Dunedin, Mornington, Roslyn, North Dunedin and the University of Otago, as well as streamlining the Pine Hill and Lookout Point services to run the same route throughout the day.

The ORC had also altered the Harington Point bus schedule to make it of use for people getting to and from work and was working on reinstating the Concord to Green Island connection within the September changes, Mr Collings said.

The buses would continue running through the Octagon for now as the bus hub has been delayed due to another hearing process.

The ORC requested a notice of requirement from the Dunedin City Council to allow it to go ahead with the plan for a hub in Great King St, between Moray Pl and St Andrew St.

This meant the process would be delayed as people could make submissions on the plan until August 18 after which time a public hearing would be held.

While this would delay the original planned September opening of the hub, it was hoped it would be in operation before Christmas, he said.