Networking events in Chc, Wlg and Akl

Roll Call - exploring "On Demand Transport" with Via and their New Zealand Partners

Christchurch 23rd March | Wellington 25th March | Auckland 26th March

event cancelled - Stay tuned for further notice about this presentation in a digital format. 

Join us as we explore examples of On Demand Transport (ODT) and how it can be be used to solve multiple transport challenges.

ODT is about using transport technologies to solve challenges like transit deserts, first mile / last mile, total mobility, school buses, parking capacity issues, staff travel needs, non-emergency patient transport and more. At the core of ODT is the ability to effectively aggregate demand while still providing a personalised service that customers want to use. The future success of transport networks depends on the move away from single occupancy vehicle use to greater ride-sharing with other passengers.

Ben Hague of Via (formerly Transport for NSW) will cover the basics of ODT including establishing uses cases, service design and simulation as well as vehicle consideration, drivers, fares and market. Examples of ODT from New Zealand, Australia and the world will demonstrate the use cases available and how on-demand allows each service to be designed to meet a variety of customer/operational needs. The benefits of ODT including environmental, economic, equity and sustainability will be examined.

**Due to COVID19 Corona Virus we have cancelled these scheduled events and hope to announce a digital alternative soon



Ben Hague

Ben HagueBen Hague is a Partnerships Principal at Via, leading Via’s on-demand transit partnerships across New Zealand and Australia. where he is responsible for establishing and growing mobility partnerships with private operators, governments, councils and transit operators who are interested in using modern technology to tackle transport challenges.

Prior to Via, Ben managed the Transport for NSW On Demand program, a world leading program that saw 22 on demand pilots implemented in metro, rural and regional settings across NSW as well as the establishment of permanent on demand services.





First launched in New York City in 2013, Via’s technology is now deployed globally, including in Europe as ViaVan. Today Via and ViaVan partner with nearly 100 public transportation agencies, private transit operators, taxi fleets, private companies, school districts, and universities, seamlessly integrating with transportation infrastructure to power cutting-edge mobility. For more information, visit

Jeremy Dickson ECan (Christchurch only)

 Jeremy DicksonJeremy Dickson is a manager at Environment Canterbury, responsible for the implementation of the MyWay service. He has worked in the public transport team for two years from the genesis of this project. He also works on other business improvement projects for the business including recent contracts for the Canterbury network, a real-time information system and developing the network’s data warehouse and reporting capabilities.







MyWay by Metro is a 14 month pilot and trial of an on demand public transport service in Timaru. The trial was initiated in response to low and declining patronage of the current service and a realisation that to meet the needs of the community we needed to do something different.

Over the past 12 months we have been working with the community and our partners (VIA, Ritchies, Timaru District Council and NZTA) to design a many to many on-demand service that meets the needs of the community.

MyWay are currently in the middle of a 9-week pilot which aims to test hypotheses, road test the service to iron out issues, train drivers and operational staff and develop the service that will be offered to the community on day 1 of the trial.

Russell Turnbull (Wellington & Auckland)

Russell TurnbullRussell Turnbull is the Director of Business Development at Go Bus Transport, one of NZ’s leading transport companies. Russell is responsible the development of all new business opportunities for Go Bus, including the management of all contract variations, customer liaison and service development, together with all new and existing contract tendering. Russell was instrumental in launching NZ’s first on-demand transit service, Savy, in Queenstown in 2017, and led Go Bus’s successful bid to operate Auckland Transport’s first on-demand transit pilot in Devonport, Auckland.

Prior to joining Go Bus in 2014, Russell’s experience includes nine years at Stagecoach New Zealand (previously The Yellow Bus Company) as Marketing Manager, two years at the Waikato Regional Council as Public Transport Operations Manager and six years in transport planning consultancies Parsons Brinckerhoff and Traffic Design Group.



Go Bus

Go Bus operates urban services in Auckland, Hamilton, Gisborne, Napier/Hastings, Christchurch, Dunedin and Invercargill. They also provide school and charter services at over 26 locations between Auckland and Invercargill.


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