ECONOMIC activities from extended bus service hours in Labasa will allow additional flow of money in the northern economy.
Speaking during a recent seminar at the Labasa FNU campus, senior lecturer Pradeep Lal said extended bus service hours in Labasa would boost development in the North.
"Bus service is the key to all other activities in Labasa but currently, bus services cease operation by 5pm to 5.30pm," Mr Lal said.
"This leaves the town fairly empty without much evening activity.
"Bus services must run until 8pm in the peri-urban areas if further economic activity is to be generated."
Mr Lal said shops and supermarkets would only remain open for longer hours if bus services were available.
Fiji Bus Operators Association vice-president Parmod Chand said if there was a need for extension of bus service hours, then they would not hesitate to provide services.
"However by 5.30 (pm) to 6pm, the last bus leaves Labasa Town and we cannot expect a 60 seater bus to survive on 20 passengers," Mr Chand said.
"On the other hand, we have an influx on illegal operations and we need stakeholders including passengers to support buses if they want extended service hours."