Consultation on public transport – Don’t miss the bus

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council is offering more connected and frequent bus services to provide a real alternative to the car.

The Council’s consultation on the draft regional public transport plan begins today and ends on August 31.

Katrina Brunton, head of the regional council’s regulation and policy group, says the plan sets the framework for how HBRC will provide public transport services in the region over the next 10 years.

“The reality is that the current bus service is inconvenient and unnecessary for most people. Our vision is to provide a network that meets the needs of more people to make many types of journeys, without the need to use a car.

Proposed changes include:

  • Bus lines that run the same way in both directions (rather than the current one-way loops
  • More connections between routes
  • Increased frequency of bus services
  • No more buses running after 6 p.m. every day
  • Make sure buses run on time
  • New peak express service from Central Hawke’s Bay to Hastings
  • Support Services for Wairoa

“The future bus network could mean a more frequent, reliable and connected network that gives you more freedom to travel when you want and get around faster.”

“We appreciate your feedback. Whether you are a current bus user or not, we really want to know what you think of the proposed plan, but more importantly, what you think we missed so that we can include those considerations in our decision-making,” says Brunton.

The Council’s public transport services include the GoBay, MyWay bus networks and the regional Total Mobility scheme which provides subsidized transport to those unable to use buses due to disability or infirmities.

Closing of registrations on August 31, 8 p.m. To read the document and give your opinion, go to hbrc.govt.nzsearch for #consultation.

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