An on demand public transport system could revolutionise the way people in small towns get around.
The South Canterbury town of Timaru is trialing an on-call bus service whereby people can book a service using their phone.
ECAN's South Canterbrury Operations Manager Judith Earl-Goulet told Heather du-Plessis Allan it could be the future.
"It is a public transport so it's a shared ride. Phone up or use the app, book a ride for maybe 15 minutes ahead or later that afternoon, and jump on and get to your destination."
She says it's hoped it will offer a cheaper alternative to the current system.
"There;s an expense for travelling those buses around those routes and maintaining the system, and often those buses are empty at those times of the day."