Positive spinoffs to pain at the pump
While record high petrol prices are hammering those married to their car, public transport services in Manawatu are seeing the benefits.
A survey of Palmerston North service stations showed prices ranging from $2.19-$2.22 for 91-octane petrol and $2.27-$2.36 for 95.
The station offering the lowest petrol prices overall was BP in Main St, with Z Fairway showing the highest prices.
Horizons Regional Council said the cost increase in petrol often resulted in more people using buses, which was better environmentally as well as financially.
"We have had really good growth regardless of fuel prices but we do notice the impact, particularly on our long-distance services," council transport planner Kelly Lowe said.
She said Horizons tried to make its fares compare favourably with the cost of driving.
"When you add the price of petrol to parking and vehicle maintenance, the bus becomes a very attractive option," she said.
Miss Lowe said more than 1.25 million trips were made on Palmerston North urban bus services in the past financial year.
The figures looked set to increase, with July's numbers alone up by 11 per cent.
BP Main St: 91 $2.19.9, 95 $2.27.0, Diesel $1.57.9; Caltex Fitzherbert Ave: 91 $2.22.9, 95 $2.29.9, Diesel $1.57.9; Challenge Majestic College St: 91 $2.22, 95 $2.30, Diesel $1.56; Z Fairway Rangitikei St: 91 $2.22, 95 $2.36, Diesel $1.56.
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