First Aberdeen, Stagecoach and six local bus companies have joined forces to launch a new ticket designed to make bus travel in the City and Shire more convenient.
Bus customers can now buy ‘Grasshopper’ Day and Weekly tickets which means they can enjoy 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% 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.
The tickets can be used for hopping onto buses during the daytime or evenings and weekends, as well as for the journey to/from work.
Grasshopper tickets are now 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 distinctive Grasshopper logo on posters or ask their driver for further information.
Grasshopper also has its own website where further information is available: www.grasshopperpass.com