Bus Op­er­a­tors Sup­port Land Trans­port Au­thor­ity ‘Jour­ney Plan­ner’ Ini­tia­tive

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The Fiji Bus Op­er­a­tors As­so­ci­a­tion (FBOA) has thrown its sup­port be­hind the move by the Land Trans­port Au­thor­ity to fur­ther mod­ernise the bus in­dus­try through a ‘Na­tional Jour­ney Plan­ner’ this will later be rolled out to other trans­port sec­tors.

Land Trans­port Au­thor­ity chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Sa­muel Simp­son told bus op­er­a­tors at the As­so­ci­a­tion meet­ing in Nadi on Satur­day, this would rad­i­calise the bus in­dus­try. He was hope­ful that op­er­a­tors would sup­port the ini­tia­tive. The meet­ing was held at Novo­tel Nadi Ho­tel.

will show trav­ellers when each bus is due, how full those buses are and how much the jour­ney will cost.

The As­so­ci­a­tion gen­eral meet­ing was at­tended by bus op­er­a­tors, as well as LTA rep­re­sen­ta­tives and Voda­fone Fiji chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer Ron­ald Prasad.

Mr Prasad up­dated bus op­er­a­tors on developmen­ts with the elec­tronic tick­et­ing is­sues and ad­dressed many of their out­stand­ing con­cerns. Mr Prasad said im­prove­ments to the elec­tronic tick­et­ing sys­tem would in­clude cus­tomis­ing the soft­ware for Fiji’s mar­ket. Also introducin­g di­rect bank top­ups and in­creas­ing the num­ber of self-ser­vice vend­ing ma­chines, which in the past four months since its in­tro­duc­tion has risen in pop­u­lar­ity.

The in­tro­duc­tion of pe­riod passes is also be­ing ex­am­ined. As­so­ci­a­tion gen­eral sec­re­tary Ro­hit Latchan said bus op­er­a­tors were fully sup­port­ive of the LTA’s na­tional jour­ney plan­ner ini­tia­tive and wel­come the move by Voda­fone Fiji in­tro­duce di­rect bank top-ups for e-ticket cards. “Bus op­er­a­tors are keen to embrace change and mod­erni­sa­tion within the bus in­dus­try even as we await res­o­lu­tion of our ap­pli­ca­tion for a bus fare re­view,” Mr Latchan said. “In the past few months, we have been work­ing closely with the Land Trans­port Au­thor­ity to bring about con­tin­ued im­prove­ments in sys­tems and ap­proaches, and the re­la­tion­ship has been pro­duc­tive. Mr Latchan said:

“While we have been wait­ing, we have con­tin­ued to im­ple­ment as many of the changes re­quired by reg­u­la­tors and gov­ern­ment plan­ners to mod­ernise our ser­vices, while the in­dus­try is fac­ing many chal­lenges.”

Ex­ec­u­tives and mem­bers of the Fiji Bus Op­er­a­tors As­so­ci­a­tion with Voda­fone Fiji chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer Ron­ald Prasad (fifth from left) following the As­so­ci­a­tion spe­cial gen­eral meet­ing at the Novo­tel Nadi Ho­tel on Au­gust 17,2019.

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