Bus services provide the most effective and efficient form of motorised road transport and are essential in providing socially necessary transport for people without access to a car. A key strand of the Regional Transport Strategy is to improve bus services throughout the north east, to encourage modal shift and thereby reduce carbon emissions and other pollutants, improve accessibility and utilise road space more effectively.
Nestrans is a member of the North East Bus Alliance for Public Transport along with Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen City Councils, First Aberdeen, Stagecoach North Scotland, Bains Coaches and a passenger representative. The partners signed up to a new Quality Partnership Agreement in 2018, which sets a range of standards and targets to improve bus provision.
To take forward the proposals for bus improvements in the coming years, Nestrans are in the process of developing an updated Bus Action Plan, in partnership with the local authorities and operators. Actions within the plan will be progressed through the Bus Alliance Executive. Minutes from the Bus Alliance Board meetings are reported to the Nestrans Board.
Online travel information was launched in September 2010 as a joint initiative between First in Aberdeen and Nestrans. It has since been extended and is now covered by Traveline, providing real time information for all bus services across Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire.
The GrassHOPPER Pass is a multi-operator ticket allowing bus passengers to purchase one ticket for travel on services run by different operators. The ticket was also launched as a smartcard in August 2016 allowing passengers to simply tap their card on the ticket machine when boarding the bus. The GrassHOPPER Pass, which has seen a steady growth in uptake since its launch, is a partnership led by local bus operators and administered by Aberdeenshire Council. The partnership is also supported by Aberdeen City Council and Nestrans. Tickets can be bought direct from the bus driver or visit www.grasshopperpass.com for further information.