39 days ago

Poll: Should Christchurch's buses be free to use?

Nicole Mathewson Reporter from The Press

Two Environment Canterbury councillors are pushing for a two-year trial of free buses in greater Christchurch, but the move is likely to cost ratepayers and taxpayers millions of dollars.

The regional council, which is already proposing a 24.5 per cent rate increase, will vote on Thursday whether to investigate a two-year public transport free-fare trial to start from mid-next year.

ECan councillor John Sunckell​, who requested the vote along with fellow councillor Megan Hands, said ECan had not been “heroic” enough in looking at public transport options within Christchurch.

Read more here and tell us what you think in the comments below.

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Should Christchurch's buses be free to use?
  • 20.6% Yes definitely
    20.6% Complete
  • 22.6% Yes but only on a trial basis first
    22.6% Complete
  • 54.8% No, it will cost ratepayers too much
    54.8% Complete
  • 2% Not sure/something else (tell us in the comments)
    2% Complete
491 votes
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