The Public Transport Users Association would like to remind everyone that the “BEST AND WORST BUS STOP Campaign” competition comes to a close at midnight tomorrow night (30 Sept).
PTUA Coordinator Jon Reeves says “We’ve had some amazing photos and videos sent to our facebook site by members of the public all across New Zealand during the campaign. One entry from Dunedin is a short video of a bus stop where buses simply cannot physically pull in along-side the kerb due to poorly placed power poles. In Auckland we have a video taken by someone standing in an extremely leaky bus shelter at night in the rain. On the positive side numerous entries have come in showing some very nice bus stops around the country.”
Good quality bus stops are “a must” as they are a critical piece of public transport infrastructure which is often over looked. Traditionally the location of a bus stop was simply indicated by a sign nailed to a post, power pole or building, with no other amenities. “In a day and age where councils and the Government want more people to use public transport, we need improvements nationwide in the quality of bus stops, including those needed for private long distance bus passengers. Simply dumping passengers on the side of the road is not acceptable anymore” Reeves said.
Anyone with a photo or video of a New Zealand bus stop – good, bad or ugly – can upload their entry up until midnight tomorrow night on Facebook, at “Best and Worst Bus Stop Campaign”. Alternatively, entries can be made via Twitter at #fixourstop.
On Monday, 3rd of October, the PTUA will announce the winners of the $100 supermarket vouchers, one for the winner of the Best and one for the winner of the Worst bus stops in the country.