Timaru's transport system will be overhauled early next year to trial an on-demand public transport service which could come to Christchurch.
The system will involve an app on transport user's phones like current ride sharing apps such as Uber or Ola, with the hope it could give corner to corner coverage in areas that don't currently offer fixed routes.
Stewart Gibbon, Senior Manager Public Transport said that the system will make transport more relevant to more people and will offer "more personalized services, more accessible services and more flexible services".
Gibbon also said if all goes well with the trial greater Christchurch could expect to see a similar system in two years.
Former Christchurch City Council engineer and ECAN candidate, Axel Wilke said the Timaru project is interesting but he has concerns based on a trial on Devonport, Auckland, which currently is being tested.
"Currently it would be cheaper for them to give money to pay for an Uber," he said.