Maungatapu school students get dedicated bus service

On Monday 4 March a new dedicated school service started for Tauranga Boys' and Girls' College students living in Maungatapu.

 The service is part of the Bay of Plenty Regional Council’s roll-out of school services to allow Bayhopper contractor NZ Bus to focus on Tauranga’s urban service because of a driver shortage.

 The new Maungatapu route will be known as route 805 and will be free of charge for the first week while ticket machines are arranged.

 Bay of Plenty Regional Council Chief Executive Fiona McTavish says the staggered roll-out of school buses will continue over coming weeks.

 “Discussion with school bus contractors is going well as NZ Bus continues to concentrate on the reliability of the urban network,” Ms McTavish says.

 “We are really sorry for the public transport challenges that have been experienced by bus passengers, schools and parents. We acknowledge that this is impacting on the trust and confidence in our public transport system.”