BUS companies in Aberdeen city and shire have joined together to launch a new ticket that is designed to make bus travel much easier and convenient.
Large operators First Aberdeen and Stagecoach were joined by six local bus firms launching the new “Grasshopper” Day and Weekly tickets in Inverurie, which became available on Friday (May 9).
The new tickets allow unlimited travel on any local bus service throughout the Aberdeen city and shire commuter belt. The Grasshopper ticket means bus customers no longer need purchase separate tickets for different operators. For example, a commuter travelling from Inverurie to Altens in Aberdeen would have required separate tickets to access Stagecoach and First services. Customers will instead be able to purchase one Grasshopper ticket, saving around 15 per cent on the cost of a ticket.
It is hoped that the convenience of the new Day and Weekly tickets will tempt commuters out of their cars and help to ease congestion and reduce carbon emissions.
Aberdeenshire Council, Aberdeen City Council and Nestrans recognise the role of ticketing in making public transport more attractive. The joint Fares and Ticketing Strategy for the North East includes an action to work with operators to encourage joint ticketing arrangements and Aberdeenshire Council has played a major role in facilitating the introduction of the new ticket.
Grasshopper tickets are available for purchase on board services operated by First Aberdeen, Stagecoach, Bains Coaches, J&M Burns, Central Taxis (Aberdeen), Kineil Coaches, MW Nicoll Hirers (Laurencekirk) and Watermill Coaches.
Day tickets cost £10.50 and Weekly Tickets £34.
Within Aberdeenshire the Day and Weekly tickets are available on all buses serving the commuter belt around Aberdeen. That includes Banchory, Dunecht, Echt, Ellon, Inverurie, Kemnay, Kintore, Newburgh, Newmachar, Newtonhill, Oldmeldrum, Stonehaven, Tarves and intermediate areas.
Passengers should look out for the Grasshopper logo on posters or ask their driver for further information. Grasshopper also has its own website: www.grasshopperpass.com.