Bus Operators Support Land Transport Authority ‘Journey Planner’ Initiative
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.