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Buses free for footy fans

Rugby fans travel free to the rugby on Bayhopper buses

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Coming soon - New Tauranga and Western Bay bus network

Find out about the new routes and timetables

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Transit 5.0 is here!

Learn about the latest version, Transit 5.0 so you can get from A to B with Bayhopper even easier.

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Next Bus Widget on Tauranga Urban page

What is the new ‘next bus’ widget on the Tauranga Urban page? What does it do?

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Day Saver Pass

This summer enjoy unlimited travel on the bus for a day

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World Car Free Day

Celebrate World Car Free Day on Friday, September 21

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Free travel for Anchor AIMS Games 2018

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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Saturday 25 August 2018 service disruptions due to half-marathon

We will have some disruption to services on Saturday 25 August 2018 with the Hawaiian Airlines & Helloworld Mt Maunganui Half Marathon. Bus services; including routes 1,2,30,33 and 36, around Mount Maunganui and Southbound services along Oceanbeach and Pāpāmoa Beach Road will be diverted.

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Waihi beach service moves to two days

The ‘Town Connector’ Waihi and Waihi Beach to Katikati van service has now moved to two days per week.

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Schoolhopper Route 315 will leave Short Place 10 minutes later from 06 August

This initiative is to encourage students to use the Schoolhopper bus service that drops off outside the school gate.

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Route 33 will detour down Links Ave school days only

Update 13 Aug only the trip that departs Fashion Island at 8:00 a.m. will detour down Links Avenue meaning students can now get off at Links Ave and get safely to school.

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19 Hewletts Road bus stop will be closed from 06 August

We are focused on creating good safety options for Mount Maunganui College and Intermediate students who catch the bus to school.

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New bus lane for Turret Road

A new bus lane will be installed from Hairini Street and along Turret Road

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Cheaper bus fares for students, children and seniors

There is good news for some Rotorua bus users, with the Bay of Plenty Regional Council introducing fare concessions for the first time from July 1.

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Children on board with public transport

A trip on the yellow Bayhopper bus always proves to be a fun way to get out and about for the children and teachers of Nature's Cove Preschool on Millers Road.

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Bayfair bus stop closure

The Bayfair bus stop will be permanently closed from Wednesday 20 June.

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School-led solutions guide bus service

After a lengthy period of discussion and engagement, Bay of Plenty Regional Council has released details around bus services for school students from 2019, ahead of the public transport Blueprint roll out slated for December 2018.

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New bus app for Tauranga

The app will allow users to see the next buses arriving at their location, set a favourite route number, and plan their journey in real-time

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Potential free school bus options to be explored

The Bay of Plenty Public Transport committee is recommending partnering with Tauranga City Council and NZTA to do further analysis on whether public bus services could be made free for Tauranga school students.

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Fantastic feedback for route 80 driver

Sun Media recently published a lovely story singing the praises of route 80 driver Baldev Singh.

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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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Larger vehicle for Te Puke service

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

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Hopping on the Bayhopper

Guest post from Rosalie Liddle Crawford - Sun Media

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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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