Transport bosses have been called on to continue initial support to bring in bus regulation.
Members of the Tyne and Wear Public Transport Users Group presented more than 1,500 postcards to the Tyne and Wear Integrated Transport Authority (ITA) before its meeting last Thursday.
The passenger group presented the postcards, filled in by members of the public, calling on the ITA to support the proposal to bring in bus regulation through a Quality Contract Scheme, similar to a system used in London.
Vicki Gilbert, chairwoman of the users group, said: “It is vital that the councillors vote to continue with the process to bring in bus regulation.
“We have been holding stalls in libraries, community centres and shopping streets asking the public what they want for our bus services and the huge majority want a system that would control fares, routes and timetables.
“They are fed up of the bus companies’ freedom to pick only the most profitable routes, to increase fares above inflation and to change timetables and cancel bus services at very short notice. They want a smart ticket that would work on all buses, metro and ferry.”