Wellington Region: Bus commuters to be surveyed
Bus commuters around the region will be surveyed about their travel habits next week.
Peter Glensor, Chair of Greater Wellington’s Economic Wellbeing Committee, which oversees public transport, says the
survey results will help Council staff plan long-term transport needs.
“Our planning staff rely quite heavily on the five-yearly census for information about trends in travel patterns, which
areas are growing, which routes are in heavy demand etc. But of course the census that should have been held earlier
this year was put off because of the Christchurch earthquake. So instead, Council staff will carry out their own
mini-census of train and bus users.”
Train passengers were surveyed a few weeks ago.
In the week beginning Monday 5 September, Council surveyors will hand out forms to passengers on some buses in the
Wellington suburbs, Hutt Valley, Porirua and Kapiti. Passengers will be handed a survey form as they get on the bus,
complete it on their journey, then give it to staff before they get off. Morning peak hour commuters and those
travelling around the middle of the day will be surveyed.
Passengers will be asked where they’re travelling to, which type of ticket they use and some other statistical
“The information will help give planning staff a good understanding of travel patterns, enable them to identify trends
and plan for the region’s future public transport needs, so I would encourage bus passengers to help us by filling out
the survey form,” says Cr Glensor.