It is designed to allow people unable to use public transport to visit the shops, see friends and attend doctor's appointments, and differs from Fife's dial-a-bus schemes, which travel to pre-determined drop-off points only. Patrons can request pick-ups as they would with a taxi, specifying a time to be picked up and a destination.
Under the new plans approved by councillors, the dial-a-buses have been scrapped.
Cllr David Ross, Labour co-leader of the council, said: "By expanding the Fife Bus we will offer improved services to meet council objectives, aid recovery, and provide fairer transport for all Fifers.”
Cllr David Alexander added: "The Fife Bus Service is key to facilitating social connection, supporting independent living and enabling access to local shops and health and community services and is highly valued by its vulnerable clients.”
Fife's policy and co-ordination committee heard on Thursday 13 May 2021 that the service will be more equally available for people across the region, having previously only operated across the towns of Leven, Dunfermline, Glenrothes, and Kirkcaldy.
Each of the 16 zones contains a number of towns and villages and will operate on certain days of the week in each area in order to balance demand. However, it is not a replacement for long-distance transport. Those wishing to travel from one end of Fife to the other would have to do so in several stages.
(Image, left: demonstrates the 16 zones across Fife that the new buses will operate from.)