Bohdi bus will run again

VITAL TRANSPORT: The Bodhi Bus service in Katherine is being restructured.

VITAL TRANSPORT: The Bodhi Bus service in Katherine is being restructured.

The Bodhi Bus service in Katherine is being restructured to keep it running.

Route services have stopped until March 27, with the office re-opening on March 25 with a new operational structure.

The Northern Territory Government and Katherine Coaches are negotiating to keep the vital service running.

Started in 2008, The Bodhi Bus provides passenger transport to and from remote communities in and around the Top End.

A Facebook message posted by The Bodhi Bus said the office would reopen for phone bookings only on March 25 and 26.

“We apologise in advance for the inconvenience this will cause to our fellow passengers during this shutdown,” the message said.

“We have very exciting plans for the future, we hope you can all be patient during this short period while we make some company changes.”

Lingiari MP Warren Snowdon said the NT Government, Katherine MLA Sandra Nelson and David Bursle, director of Katherine Coaches, should be congratulated on finding a solution to keep the Bodhi Bus service operating.

“It is pleasing to see the NT Government understands how important the Bodhi Bus service is to remote communities, and that they have provided financial support to ensure its continuation,” Mr Snowdown said.

“The Bodhi Bus has provided vital transport services to the bush for eight years, but unfortunately this year the bigger than usual wet season has seen many costs impact on the business, meaning there was some doubt that it would be able to continue.

“With this vital support from the government, the Bodhi Bus service can continue to operate its valuable service to the bush,” Mr Snowdon said.

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