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New contractor and enhanced bus services

Bay of Plenty Regional Council is pleased to announce that it has awarded the new western Bay of Plenty bus contracts to NZ Bus.

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Council congratulates creative colourers

A big congratulations to all the winners from our recent Schoolhopper Colouring Contest.

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Free ANZAC park and ride

Free park and ride bus services will help ease traffic congestion at the popular Tauranga and Mount Maunganui ANZAC Day events this year.

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Cool in the Pool

Travel with a Day Saver pass and swim free at Baywave, Mount Hot Pools or Greerton Pools.

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Hopping on the Bayhopper

Guest post from Rosalie Liddle Crawford - Sun Media

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Larger vehicle for Te Puke service

The new vehicle will address capacity concerns recently raised by users.

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We want your help

Testers needed for real-time bus app trial

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Proposed bus lane for Welcome Bay

New bus lane for Welcome Bay Road from James Cook Drive to Meadowviews Drive.

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Changes for Papamoa to Mount Maunganui Schoolhopper services

Changes for routes 307, 309, 311, 313, 315 and 317

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Increased congestion forces Welcome Bay Schoolhopper bus changes

High traffic volumes from Welcome Bay during the morning peak time commute has meant that a number of school bus services have been arriving late to schools this week.

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Schoolhopper Colouring Contest

Get creative and win great prizes like scooters, bikes and skateboards in the Schoolhopper Colouring Contest!

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Security cameras for Rotorua buses

Bay of Plenty Regional Council Public Transport Committee has recommended that security cameras should be installed on 20 Rotorua Cityride buses

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New timetable for Town Connector

Passenger feedback has resulted in an improved timetable for the Town Connector service.

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Bayfair construction may cause delays

Bus services that use the Bayfair interchange may experience some delays and minor rerouting from Monday, January 29 due to the development work at Bayfair.

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Back to school

Time to reassess the daily drop off?

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Free Cityride buses

Celebrate the Te Aka Mauri Open Day on Saturday, February 3 with free travel on Rotorua Cityride buses.

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Free Wi-Fi for Rotorua buses

An early Christmas present has arrived for Rotorua bus users with a free Wi-Fi trial on six Cityride buses.

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Fill the bus a huge success

Tauranga successfully filled a Bayhopper bus for the Tauranga Community Foodbank.

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12 Days of Christmas winners

Congratulations to our 12 Days of Christmas prize winners.

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Free Wi-Fi on Bayhopper buses this summer

Enjoy free Wi-Fi on six Bayhopper buses this summer.

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Proposal for fast-tracked public transport changes

A proposal has been put forward to fast-track some proposed changes to public transport in Mount Maunganui and Papamoa to make the services more attractive.

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Fill the Bus 2017

We're helping The Hits 'Fill The Bus'again in 2017

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2017 Christmas Parades

Take the stress out of finding a park at the Christmas parades and take the bus.

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Free Ride Fridays just the ticket

Travel free on all BOPRC bus services between 4.00 p.m. and 6.00 p.m. every Friday during November.

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Better bus for Te Puke to Tauranga travel

A more modern vehicle will address capacity and accessibility concerns on Te Puke bus services.

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New bus contracts to help move western Bay

More frequent bus services, new bus routes and the introduction and trial of five, state-of-the-art hybrid buses will form part of western Bay of Plenty’s future public transport network

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New service connects Waihi Beach, Waihi and Katikati

The new Town Connector is a circular route which will travel between Waihī, Waihī Beach and Katikati every Thursday

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Buses free for footy fans

Rugby fans travel free to the semi-final on Bayhopper buses

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Tauranga Transport Survey

What sort of city do you want to live in?

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World Car Free Day

Celebrate World Car Free Day on Friday, September 22

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Free travel for Anchor AIMS Games

Bay of Plenty Regional Council have again committed to providing free travel on all Bayhopper buses to those with an official AIMS Games wristband

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More buses and extended hours

Extended hours, new services and more frequent buses are just some of the recommendations the Bay of Plenty’s Public Transport Committee will be making to the Bay of Plenty Regional Council.

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Rotorua rack roll-out complete

Bay of Plenty Regional Council has completed the roll-out of bike racks on Rotorua buses, with Tauranga the next city in its sights.

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City centre bus stands move to new temporary location

Some city centre bus stands have been relocated due to construction activity around the Tauranga City Council’s Administration building.

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Real-time bus tracking

Our track-a-bus technology allows bus users in Rotorua and Whakatāne to track their bus in real-time.

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Day Saver

Enjoy unlimited travel with a Day Saver pass.

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Extended hours for Winter Nights Winter Lights

Bay of Plenty Regional Council have come on board with extended operating hours on most Bayhopper routes

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Large print timetables

The Bay of Plenty’s public bus services have become more user-friendly and inclusive with the introduction of large print timetables for most routes.

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Council impressed by public feedback

Council is delighted with the sheer volume of the public response.

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Record passenger numbers for record haka attempt

Free travel on all eleven Cityride eke-taone bus routes on Saturday, 17th June.

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Improvements to be made to Hewletts Road

The NZ Transport Agency is making changes to Hewletts Road to boost public transport use, improve safety and help to ease traffic congestion on the busy State Highway 2 route.

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Passionate public response to proposed public transport plan

The importance of public transport to the Western Bay of Plenty has become undeniable, evidenced by the sheer number of passionate responses received in reply to the proposed bus network changes for mid-2018.

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Improved ticketing for Bay of Plenty bus passengers

Bus passengers in nine regions will have improved ticketing by June next year.

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Rotorua stop changes

Three new bus stops will be installed around the city during April.

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New partnership for Western BOP

New partnership between Bay of Plenty Regional Council,The NZ Transport Agency, Tauranga City Council, Rotorua Lakes Council and Western Bay of Plenty District Council.

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Help us drive change

This is your chance to have a say on where our buses go and how often.

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Collaboration key to alleviating Tauranga congestion

A coordinated and holistic approach is being taken to help improve Tauranga’s congestion.

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Day Saver Pass now available at Rotorua i-Site

A new partnership between Bay of Plenty Regional Council and the Rotorua i-Site will see concession day fare passes available to purchase for just $8.20 from Rotorua i-Sites.

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Whakatane and Eastern Bay Track a Bus trial goes live

Whakatane and Eastern Bay route maps are live! Check out the trial of live bus information, found under the Route Map tabs on the Eastern Bay routes. Only available in desktop view .

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Use a Smartride card and save

Smartride cards save you money and mean you don’t have to carry cash! You can purchase your card and top it up on the bus, and then all you have to do is swipe it each time you travel.

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Text for bus information at the stop

At the stop and want to know when the next bus is due? Tauranga bus users can find out by text. Follow the information on the signs at the stops to get information about the next three buses.

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Rotorua Track a Bus trial

Rotorua route maps are live! Check out the trial of live bus information, found under the Route Map tabs on the Rotorua urban routes. Only available in desktop view.

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Get to school with Schoolhopper

The Schoolhopper network is a dedicated school bus network for the Tauranga urban area. Find out more about routes and fares.

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Changes to Katikati, Omokoroa and Waihi Beach services

From 9 January 2017 there are route and timetable changes to Katikati, Omokoroa and Waihi Beach services. Please check your timetable before travelling.

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Free park and ride for Pete's Dragon screening

Bay of Plenty Regional Council have kindly put on a park and ride service for the event to help ease traffic congestion in the environmentally sensitive area

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Toi Ohomai O-Week

Students region-wide will flock to campuses across the Bay from February 20th as classes return for 2017 and the annual Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology O-Week (orientation week) events kick off.

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New express bus service for Te Puke

A new weekday express bus service will start from Monday 27th February to cater for an increased demand for public transport between Te Puke and Tauranga at peak travel times.

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Try the bus

Bay of Plenty Regional Council and Tauranga Hospital are holding a Try the Bus session.

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