The availability of safe, affordable and convenient public
transport allows more people to travel to work, to access services,
and to participate in social and leisure activities. Access
to public transport is especially important for those on low
incomes or who are unable to drive, cycle, or walk long distances.
Public transport also has the potential to reduce accidents,
pollution, and traffic congestion in the city.
Bus patronage has been increasing in Christchurch from a low of
around 8 trips per person per year in 1999, to about
17 trips in 2010. In 2007/08, Environment Canterbury
reported that 95% of households in Canterbury lived within 500
metres of a bus route .
the full issue summary on public transport [PDF] -
updated May 2013.