VC and VUWSA combine powers to bring down bus prices.
In a rare show of solidarity, Vice- Chancellor Pat Walsh and VUWSA President Nick Kelly have joined forces in an attempt to reduce bus prices for students.
While the fares have increased by an average of 15% since the beginning of September, the price of a trip between the Kelburn and Pipitea campuses has increased by 50%.
Kelly and Walsh met last week with members of the Greater Wellington Regional Council in an attempt to persuade the Council to introduce a discount for students similar to that of College students.
“University students do not make the bulk of the business for Stagecoach and TranzMetro, it is the commuters that make it up,” Kelly says.
However, Kelly says the meeting was “bloody awful”, and that while Walsh was pushing for a discounted rate for students, the Council had “no strategy of how to include tertiary students” in the discounted age range. Kelly does acknowledge that there has been some progress in service delivery on student routes.
Metlink, the body that organises the public transportation for the Greater Wellington region, defends the price hike saying that increased petrol costs, inflation and a lack of price increases for the last six years all contribute to the need for raised prices.