Waihī Beach “Town Connector” given green light

10 June 2019

The Waihī Beach “bus trial” has been declared a success by Bay of Plenty Regional Council with funding for the Town Connector service confirmed for the next three years.

The trial started in October 2017 and operates every Tuesday and Thursday between Waihī Beach, Katikati and Waihī.

Public Transport Committee chairman Lyall Thurston says it’s nice to be able to give Katikati and Waihī Beach residents some certainty by moving out of the trial phase.

“We have seen an increase in people using the service which gets them to the beach, town shops and social occasions with friends,” Cr Thurston says.

As well as confirming the Town Connector service, Regional Council has also tweaked the Katikati Express timetable allowing Supergold users to travel into Tauranga for free from 9am from June 17.

“It means those that want to go into the city to watch a movie can do so and catch the return 1.45pm bus at no cost.”

The Town Connector van has been upgraded and now features an electric step and handrails for easier access.  Some minor timetable changes will take effect from Tuesday 18 June.

Timetable is available here